Hot Air has the video; here’s the transcript, of Ron Paul’s reaction to Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad, given a short while ago on Fox News:
STEVE DOOCY: Mike Huckabee has started running an ad in Iowa, where you’re at right now, also in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and in the back, it’s a windowpane but it also looks a lot like a cross. And, and, we had a guest a little while ago who said it was inappropriate to be using religion for political purposes. Congressman, I’m just curious what you think?
RON PAUL: Well, I haven’t thought about it completely, but you know, it reminds me of what Sinclair, uh, Lewis once said, he said ‘when Fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross.’ 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, uh, I don’t think I would ever use anything like that.
DOOCY: So, uh, Congressm– you know, uh, Governor Huckabee is not selling fascism. He’s — simply sending out a Christmas message, anyway, just curious how you felt about that. Congressman, if you would sit right there in Des Moines just for a moment, we’re going to take a quick time out…
I wonder if I’ll hear more angry responses from Ron Paul folks or Mike Huckabee folks. (Once again, folks, complaining to me doesn’t do any good.) The Ron Paul folks have a legitimate gripe in that his appearance appeared to be to talk about Paul’s record fundraising day, but the only question – at least in this segment – was about this ad. (Has Paul even seen the ad? He speaks as if he has, but doesn’t say so explicitly…)
On the other hand, the Huckabee folks are probably fuming about the ad being called fascist, even though Paul backtracks on whether it’s a fair assessment or not.