Mike Huckabee bangs the GOP drum in Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - An overflow crowd of more that 600 people packed the Jackson County Civic Center to hear the former presidential candidate speak.

The were not disappointed, as Huckabee used some folksy humor to chide supporters of President Barack Obama.

"If you got somebody like them, you have another duty, not get them to the polls. That person is dangerous, keep them from getting to the polls, let the air out of their tires, do whatever you gotta do."

Huckabee feels that spending in this country is out of control.

"There's not one of us here who has even raised a family or run a business that ever thought that we could be successful spending money we didn't have and borrowing money that we couldn't afford to pay back."

He also feels the Tea Party movement is for real and growing rapidly.

"For the first time since 1930, more people have voted in Republican primaries than in Democratic primaries across America." Huckabee said. "I'm telling you that in our lifetime, there has never, ever been such intensity."

At the head table sat Steven Palazzo, the candidate trying to unseat Gene Taylor this fall.  Huckabee gave him a rousing endorsement.

"And the best way is to make sure that the person who represents this district votes for somebody other than Nancy Pelosi to be speaker, and when Steven Palazzo is your congressman, I think he will promise you today that his vote for the speaker will not go to Ms. Nancy of San Francisco."

As for the nation's energy policy, Huckabee left no doubt where he stands.

"This country, for national security purposes, should never be put over a barrel, especially a Saudi oil barrel and told what we will do."

After the speech, The former governor was given gifts and the keys to the city.

The former governor is spending the next several weeks, traveling the country, stumping for Republican candidates for office.

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