Skip to comments.Huckabee still gives paid speeches
Posted on 12/26/2007 7:53:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Breaking with tradition for presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee is continuing to accept paid speaking engagements in the thick of his insurgent presidential campaign, although churches get a break from his usual fee of up to $25,000.
It's not surprising that Huckabee, as a former Arkansas governor who has wowed audiences in debates, would charge for speeches.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of Huckabee's rivals for the nomination, made a fortune doing just that.
But Giuliani and other major candidates have put their paid speaking careers completely on hold to focus on the flurry of early nominating contests.
Huckabee, though, is still accepting gigs often on his signature topic of health and fitness.
Unlike the members of the Senate or Congress who continue to get their paycheck and get a taxpayer-funded salary, and unlike people who are independently wealthy, if I dont work, I dont eat, Huckabee told Politico on Wednesday in a phone interview from Iowa.
Huckabee said he has two or three paid speeches scheduled in February and had two or three in November.
He said a couple in March are scheduled right now, but none in December or January because the campaign has just eaten up his time.
Id like some more, if you wanna give me some publicity tell em to call the [speakers] bureau," Huckabee joshed.
Huckabee said speaking income is all I have, in addition to money from writing.
Otherwise, I dont make my house payment or pay my insurance, he said. The trouble is, when youre considered self-employed as I am, the taxes eat the first 40 percent of it. By the time I do that and pay expenses, and then theres about a 25 percent commission that goes to the agency, theres a whole lot less of it that actually gets to me. Still, its good. Id like for it to be even more.
Huckabee said he will appear before universities. He said most of his speeches fall into two groups.
He said the first is health care, health policy and the issue that I was speaking about for the last several years weight loss and personal health management, or the broader issue of employer health management.
He said the second is fundraising events for institutions, like a university or something like that, where its more of a motivational speech for that specific institution.
Huckabee said that he charges no set fee for churches and said they are not handled by the speakers bureau that books most of his appearances.
There is no fee that I have for a church none, he said. Occasionally a church has their own policy and they may provide an honorarium. But Ive never asked, and I dont, and thats not part of the deal. When Im speaking in a church in the course of the campaign, I dont do it at all. Even if they offered, I wouldnt.
Nevertheless, his approach to speeches leads to some unusual situations for a presidential candidate.
On Sunday, for instance, Huckabee spoke at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, an appearance that received heavy news coverage because of anti-Catholic remarks by a pastor there.
My standard Huckster post.
Huckabee has surged because he won a couple of debates and hes got evangelical support. If a quick rise can happen to the liberal pro-life evangelical Huckster, it can happen to the conservative pro-life evangelical Hunter.
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In this poll Hunter is up 3% and even with Paul and Thompson.