Huckabee urges to look toward future

DALLAS — Arizona Sen. John McCain, may have won the mock Republican primary at Southern Methodist University last weekend, but on a rainy Monday morning, the school belonged to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee thanked about 100 students for waking up early to attend and reminded them of their value in the election.

“We need to be thinking in terms of the future,” Huckabee said. “Our party and our country have to be thinking not just about where voters have been, but where voters are going to go.”

Huckabee also said he was the only remaining candidate with the executive experience to deal with all of the issues that government will face.

“Running a government is much different than making speeches about a government,” Huckabee said.

In a more light-hearted moment, Huckabee said one way to make the government more efficient is to combine organizations.

“For example, if we took the Department of Defense and hauled it in with the Department of Homeland Security, you have the potential that one person could run it,” Huckabee said.

Then, he joked, “Well, I have two words for border security – Chuck Norris.”

Chuck Norris and his wife, Gena Norris, walked onto the stage to uproarious applause. The former “Walker, Texas Ranger” star talked about how he met Huckabee and became involved in his campaign, and why it was important for Huckabee to stay in the race.

“The thing about a spark is that it can go out if there’s nothing behind it to fuel to the flame,” Chuck Norris said. “Well, Mike had a message for America, and that spark became a raging fire.”

Both Huckabee and Chuck Norris said if Huckabee wins Texas on Tuesday, then McCain, the Republican front-runner, may not capture enough delegates necessary to lock the Republican presidential nomination, and then the vote for the nomination would have to go to the Republican National Convention in September.

Huckabee urged all of the attendees to vote in the Texas primary because he was the only choice left who would uphold the value of all human life, the traditional family, a fair economy for all workers and a secure border.

“There are two kinds of people in this country: thermometers and thermostats,” Huckabee said. “Don’t be a thermometer and read the situation simply for what it is. Be a thermostat and adjust it for what it ought to be.”

Students expressed their enthusiasm for seeing Huckabee speak.

Jill Imig, an SMU senior advertising major, said it was a great experience to see a politician on campus.

“Besides, I’m a Republican, and this will help me make my decision,” she said.

Wade Malone, a student from the University of Texas at Dallas, said Huckabee is the only true conservative left in the race.

Gena Norris said Huckabee is “the people’s president, because he really cares. We don’t have anyone else in the race with those skills.”

After the speech, fans lined up to shake Huckabee’s hand or get a picture with him. Almost as many fans, however, lined up for Chuck Norris.

Joshua Parr, an SMU freshman pre-major, said it was no contest which of the two he was more excited to see.

“Mike Huckabee, definitely,” Parr said. “Chuck’s definitely a plus, though.”