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.