And for the second gay question of the evening, David Cercone of Pompano Beach, Florida, asked, “Hi. My name is David Cercone. I would like to ask all the candidates if they accept the support of the Log Cabin Republicans. And why should the Log Cabin Republicans support their candidacy? Thank you.”
Out of all the questions that could have been asked – same-sex marriage, hate crimes, discrimination — they choose this one? Huckabee’s answer (and the audience’s reaction to it) revealed just how insipid the question was.
MR. COOPER: Governor Huckabee, would you support — would you get — would you allow support from the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay Republicans?
MR. HUCKABEE: You know, in my position in this entire election, I need the support of anybody and everybody I can get. (Laughter, applause.) So I’m happy —
MR. COOPER: Should they support you?
MR. HUCKABEE: Sure they should. I disagree with them — strongly disagree with them — on the idea of same-sex marriage. But in a democracy, we can have disagreements over some policies and still agree on the greater things that make us Republicans.
So would I accept their support? Of course. Would I change my position on same-sex marriage? No, I wouldn’t. But if they’re willing to support me — (applause) — I’ll be their president. I’ll be anybody’s president, but I’ll be true to my convictions. And I think that’s what Americans look for — not someone they’re going to agree with on everything, but somebody who at least has some convictions — (applause) — sticks with them, can explain them, and can at least have respect for people who have different ones. (Applause.)
On a related note, Red State Update posted a video about the Huckabee campaign and its recent surge (audio NSFW):