WASHINGTON – A man many consider a likely Republican candidate for president zeroed in on the woman many consider the likely Democratic nominee for president.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee asked the audience Friday at the Values Voters Summit if they recalled the television ad run by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2008 that asked who voters wanted answering a 3 a.m. phone call to the White House.
“It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” a narrator says in the video as images of sleeping child are displayed. “But there’s a phone in the White House, and it’s ringing.”
A phone can be heard ringing through the TV ad. Viewers are told they live in a “dangerous world,” and they should vote for a leader with national security experience.
“It’s 3 a.m., and your children are safe and asleep,” the narrator says. “Who do you want answering the phone?”
The “3 a.m. phone call” video can be seen below:
“As we thought back about that, I think we know who we don’t want answering the phone,” Huckabee quipped at the Values Voters Summit, eliciting both laughs and a healthy round of applause.
Referring to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, Huckabee turned somber and said the phone did ring two years ago on Sept. 11.
“I guess it went to voicemail, because when the desperate calls for help came from Benghazi, Libya, nobody answered that call,” he observed solemnly.
“And today the phone is still ringing,” the governor added. “The phone is ringing in Syria where ISIS has set up shop and wishes to annihilate everyone who does not bow down to their radical form of Islam.”
Turning his aim to President Obama, Huckabee said the way to defeat the jihadist army ISIS is not to tell them all the things the U.S. is not going do.
He said America’s enemies need to understand the U.S. military will be so well prepared, funded, staffed and equipped that it will prevail.
“When the phone rings there, they need to know that America is serious about protecting the people of this country,” he said.
Turning to America’s democratic ally in the Mideast, Huckabee declared Israel must know America will answer the phone when it calls.
Noting he had visited Israel so many times he had lost count, the governor said he sensed Israelis no longer know for sure if America stands with them.
“I want them to know, we are with them. I want them to know, if the phone rings there, or if they call us and it rings here, they have a partner in democracy, a partner in freedom, a partner in liberty,” Huckabee said, adding that the Jewish state should know America would make no moral equivalence between it and terrorists.
“That is not something for which we will apologize or ever be ashamed, we will stand with the nation of Israel,” he concluded.