Q&A with Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran against John McCain in the primaries, spoke at the Republican Convention shortly before Sarah Palin's acceptance speech Wednesday. I interviewed him Thursday.

How does Sarah Palin's candidacy change the race?

I think it's really energized the base of the party and given people a reason to be excited about the ticket. There was a lot of anxiety about McCain picking Lieberman. He really gave people a reason to be not just accepting about the ticket. Everyone I've talked to is excited about the ticket. It's a completely different atmosphere than it was a week ago.

Do you think Palin's pregnant daughter will change whether people will vote for her?

The way the media went after the daughter is the most shameful thing I've ever seen in my life. If anything, it just caused [evangelicals] to run to her. Everyone understands that the basis of being a Christian is that everyone has fallen short of God's ideal. Everyone understands that. We do understand is ...

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