Politics & Government

Stumping for GOP hopeful, Huckabee decries incivility

WICHITA — Kansas congressional candidate Dick Kelsey will support fiscal and socially conservative values if voters send him to Washington, but he won't be "bullheaded and uncivil" with opponents, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told several dozen supporters in Wichita today.

Huckabee, a radio and television program commentator, bass guitarist and a Republican candidate for president in 2008, spent two hours at the Holiday Inn near Rock Road and Kellogg, promoting the state senator who supported his Kansas Republican primary campaign in 2008. Huckabee won that Kansas primary before losing the nomination to John McCain.

While talking to supporters (and autographing two bass guitars for a raffle to support Kelsey), Huckabee touched several times on Kelsey's support for less taxes, less government spending, less regulation and the Second Amendment. And he talked about Kelsey's opposition to abortion.

But Huckabee also brought up more than once the incivility of politics today. He warned that this is damaging to politics and getting things done. He did not spare conservatives, saying that anonymous bloggers said mean and uncivil things about him recently when he brought President Obama's wife, Michelle, onto his Fox cable show to support and elaborate on her efforts to fight child obesity.

"Some bloggers, it seemed, wanted me to bring her on my show only if I yelled at her. Or it seemed they wanted me to hit her."

He said he disagrees with nearly every policy position of her husband, but that attacking people doesn't accomplish anything. The viciousness of attacks from all sides, he said, are "disgusting ... the anger and the meanness."

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