Huckabee spot reminds Paul of fascism prediction
David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
Published: Tuesday December 18, 2007 |
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A new campaign ad from Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee sounds a lot like a literary prediction about the coming of fascism, according to fellow GOP Oval Office seeker Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

Huckabee's ad, a Christmas message referencing the "celebration of the birth of Christ," depicts the former Arkansas governor in front of a window frame or bookshelf that appears to resemble a cross.

Asked by Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy what he thought of the TV spot, Paul minced no words.

"Well, I haven't thought about it completely, but you know, it reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said," Paul responded. "He says, 'When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag carrying a cross."

Continued Paul, "Now, I don't know whether that's a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross like he is the only Christian or implying that subtly. So I don't think I would use anything like that."

Doocy defended the ad, suggesting Paul might be employing a bit of hyperbole in his assessment.

"I certainly don't think -- you know, Governor Huckabee is not selling fascism," said Doocy. "He's simply sending out a Christmas message. Anyway, just curious how you felt about that."

For Huckabee's part, the candidate on Tuesday joked about other subliminal messages he slipped into the the ad.

"Actually I will confess this, if you play this spot backwards it says 'Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead, Paul is Dead,'" he cracked to reporters. "So the next thing you know, someone will be playing it backwards to find out the subliminal messages that are really there."

Huckabee was presumably referring to the Beatles' Paul McCartney -- and an urban legend about the White Album -- rather than the critical congressman.

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast on December 18, 2007.