Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, once a rival for the GOP nomination, praised John McCain for his tested leadership and sacrificial love of his country, Wednesday night.
"John McCain is by far the most prepared, experienced and tested presidential candidate. Thoroughly tested," Huckabee said. Watch Mike Huckabee's entire speech here.
Huckabee also criticized media coverage of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, saying the news media coverage has been "tackier than a costume change at a Madonna concert."
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"She got more votes running for Mayor of Wasilla then Joe Biden got for running for President of the United States," he quipped.
Huckabee then turned the focus back on McCain, explained that McCain's personal sacfrices qualify him for the highest office in the nation, because he understands through experience the nature of America's enemies.
"Maybe the most dangerous threat of an Obama presidency is that he would continue to give madmen the benefit of the doubt," Huckabee said. "If he's wrong just once, we will pay a heavy price. John McCain will follow the fanatics to their caves in Pakistan or to the gates of hell."
Huckabee began his speech explaining how the perception that the Republican party only cares for the rich is a mistake.
"I really tire of hearing how the Democrats care about the working guy as if all Republicans grew up with silk stockings and silver spoons," the former governor said. "I'm not a Republican because I grew up rich, but because I didn't want to spend the rest of my life poor, waiting for the government to rescue me."
Huckabee also challenged the Democrats' notion of change that he says would create bigger government and increase taxes.
"John McCain doesn't want the kind of change that allows the government to reach deeper into your paycheck and pick your doctor, your child's school, or even the kind of car you drive or how much you inflate the tires," he said.
Huckabee, who campaigned on the theme of Christian leadership during his primary bid, also affirmed McCain's stance on social conservative issues.
"He doesn't want to change the very definition of marriage from what it has always meant throughout recorded human history," Huckabee said. "It is not above John McCain's pay grade to grasp the simple fact that human life begins at conception, and he is committed to protecting it."