Huckabee Hasn't Put Down the Mic

Unlike presidential rivals, ex-governor still giving paid speeches
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2007 9:40 AM CST

(Newser) – As the presidential race heats up, candidates from both parties have backed off their lucrative speaking engagements, but not Mike Huckabee, the Politico says. The pastor-turned-frontrunner has been making the rounds at universities, charging $25,000 per speech. “If I don’t work, I don’t eat,” Huckabee said, insisting he enjoys none of the perks of “independently wealthy” people or members of Congress.

Huckabee doesn’t charge churches, but his campaign hit a snag after a rep from his ex-speaking agency was caught offering his services to a church for $25,000. Huckabee, whose gigs usually focus on health policy, had two or three paid speeches last month but has none scheduled until February because the campaign “has just eaten up” his time.