February 11, 2008
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee was in the Shenandoah Valley Monday stumping for votes, even comparing the area to Arkansas, the state he once governed.
Huckabee's message was simple: faith, family and freedom.
Those three words pumped up the crowd of supporters in Central Virginia.
"I come from a rural state, and I think a lot of people absolutely do not have a clue about rural America. Yet it's the heart of this nation, and if people can't live in our rural areas and thrive, we lose our agricultural base and frankly we lose a whole lot of the culture of America," Huckabee told CBS19.
Carrie Wigal and her family drove all the way from Fluvanna County to show their support, because she supports the values that Huckabee represents.
"He's a very well-rounded candidate, and I like the fact that he talks about hope. He has hope in America and he believes in Americans," said Wigal.
Huckabee talked about everything from home schooling to border defense to getting rid of the IRS.
He also made it a point to convey to the voters that he's the only candidate in the running who has actual experience in being the "head" of a state; the rest are only senators.
"I think it's important for people to remember that when they go vote, they really do have a choice. Those folks who say that this process is over, that is so not true," said Huckabee.