In Little Rock, Mike Huckabee Credits Obama for Rise of GOP in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 12:00 pm  

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (Photo by

"We're not open to racism," Huckabee said. "We're open to a lot of things. We're not open to any idea or any semblance of racism, and whether a person is a candidate or whoever, it's just an unacceptable position to take.

"Whether they've taken positions that are clearly racist, I don't know enough to say. I do know there is simply no place in our culture for us to think that anybody is better than another person."

Huckabee and other elected Republicans at Saturday's rally tried to tie the state's Democrats to Obama, who hasn't visited Arkansas as president and remains deeply unpopular in the state.

Freshman Republican Congressman Tim Griffin, who represents central Arkansas, dismissed state Democrats' efforts to distance themselves from Obama and other national party figures.

"They may say they don't support the president, but silence is support, folks," Griffin said. "If you stand idly by without objecting, you are at a minimum enabling and I believe you are supporting."

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