Huckabee withdraws from New Baptist Covenant engagement
Jun 12, 2007
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has canceled plans to speak at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration next January because of organizer Jimmy Carter’s recent criticism of President Bush. The Democratic ex-president later softened his evaluation of Bush after Huckabee and other Republicans decried Carter’s denunciation of Bush’s White House performance.
Carter criticized Bush’s foreign policy in a May 19 interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,” Carter said.
A Huckabee spokesperson confirmed that the candidate and former Baptist pastor is withdrawing from the unprecedented pan-Baptist gathering January 30–February 1, organized by Carter and Mercer University president Bill Underwood to promote unity among the continent’s Baptists.