Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Many Candidates Use MLK To Campaign, But Only One Honors Him

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Many 2008 presidential candidates used the Martin Luther King Holiday as an opportunity to campaign for the black vote in America. Most of them addressed black churches yesterday, or else they used surrogate speakers to address these churches for them. But one candidate stood out. His name is Mike Huckabee, who sat quietly with the King family, to pay tribute to the fallen crusader. The Vatican has had serious discussions in recent years about honoring Dr. King with the official Church designation of "martyr."
(AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at a lengthy memorial service Monday at King's old church and was endorsed by several black religious leaders.

While his main GOP rivals campaigned in Florida, Huckabee sat quietly through a nearly four-hour King ceremony at the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was overshadowed by fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton, who received a long ovation for his 18-minute address.

The former president acknowledged Huckabee, who did not speak. "We don't agree on much, but he is a very good man," Clinton told the audience of several hundred....

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