Is Mike Huckabee fishing for Religious Right voters with “subliminal” messages in his ads? Although he dismissed the idea that he was in late December, CNN reports today that “for the second time in the past two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.” Watch the ad here:
More from CNN:
In the campaign ad, Huckabee is addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance, an organization whose symbol is the ichthys which appears on a banner that is shown prominently at the open and close of the 30 second spot. The ICA is an influential social conservative organization in Iowa, and Huckabee can be seen speaking about his opposition to abortion before the group.
The ichthys, which resembles a fish, is well-known in evangelical circles as the symbol used by early Christians to secretly identify one another without attracting persecution.
Huckabee’s campaign “unveiled this ad as well as another on its campaign Web site Monday afternoon,” just hours after Huckabee “decided against airing a negative campaign commercial targeting rival Mitt Romney,” yet showed the ad to journalists in Iowa. Seems to me there’s quite a bit of pandering coming from the Huckabee campaign these days.