Video: Ron Paul on Fox & Friends 12/18/07

Here is Ron Paul’s interview this morning on Fox & Friends discussing his recent fund raising and his thoughts on Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad:

Here’s a report from USAToday on the appearance:

Asked about Republican rival Mike Huckabee’s Christmas-themed ad, which we wrote about yesterday and has attracted attention in part because of the image of a cross that many see hovering over Huckabee’s shoulder, GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul said this morning on FOX & Friends that:

“It reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said. He says, ‘when fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.’ 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 ever use anything like that.”

Paul’s linking of Huckabee’s ad to fascism is certainly an attention-getter.

Huckabee’s campaign responded to his comments:

The Huckabee campaign comments on the cross image:

Jill is in Des Moines today and spoke with Huckabee’s Iowa director, Eric Woolson, about whether the cross that appears behind Huckabee in the ad was put there intentionally.

“It’s the window frame in the background,” Woolson said. “Once you’ve got it in your head that it’s a cross, it’s a cross.” He said he didn’t know if it was deliberate or not. “People are free to view the ad anyway that they’d like to view the ad.”

Here is the Huckabee ad in question:

“Floating cross”, or coincidental video background? Matt Drudge sort of perpetuated the “floating cross” allegations. You can draw anything you want out of it I guess. I personally see a decorated window pane but maybe that’s just me.

You tell me.

  • Travis

    No, it’s just a window frame… yes, if you want to draw something out of it and do a freeze frame that makes it look worse than it does in motion, then sure, it may look a little over-religious. But I don’t think this is any big deal. There’s nothing wrong with the man presenting himself as himself. Isn’t that what we want from our candidates anyway?

  • Michael Jerryson

    Huckabee is going to find himself caught in the middle of two polarizing forces. He has been courting moderate Republicans and, in some ways, moderate Democrats, and is right now sweepiing up the evangelical conservative base.

    What is interesting is that the very momentum that helped Bush Jr. secure his presidency (ala Rove), is now the dividing line for those opposed to the current administration.

    Can Huckabee appeal to Christian voters and the evangelical base and not appear like another Bush (Christian Governor?). This might get interesting if he secures the Republican nomination…

  • It is a bookshelf in the background… a bookshelf in a private voter’s home. There is nothing subliminal about the message… Huckabee mentions Christ or Christmas 3-4 times… Mike HUckabee is not hiding ANYTHING! He is being himself… a Christian who was a compassionate Governor, running as a Compassionate Conservative in the Republican Primary. So why does this incite such hatred in the hearts of other candidates? He has ALWAYS been running as the Christian Conservative… do they theink that Christian bashing makes them look good?

    Mike Huckabee is a genuinely nice guy, and a Christian. That is how he is running. And the fact that he sends a Christmas greeting to America rather than a negative attack ad is perhaps the most Presidential thing I have seen out of any of these candidates…

    It says one thing: “Hey, I am a Human… and I am going to treat you like one too!”