By Andrea Zelinski | Tennessee Report
NASHVILLE — Now is the time for Republicans to take the wheel away from President Barack Obama and make this country run more like Tennessee, said former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
“President Obama has said he’s really looking forward to buying one of those Chevy Volts when he leaves office. Now I think we ought to take up a collection and get him one in November,” Huckabee joked at the reception of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center’s Presidential Ballroom here.
The theme of Saturday night’s $250-a-plate annual Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser focused largely on ensuring that presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney takes the Oval Office and the already GOP-heavy state Legislature wins super-majority dominance.
Huckabee, who has been eyed as a possible Romney running mate, outlined several “defining moments” for Republicans as they fight to take over the White House. Among them were Obama’s announcement that he supports gay marriage; the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and the president’s comment that business owners didn’t build their companies.