Post Florida Remarks
MR. HUCKABEE: (In progress.) Let me remind you that going into tonight we were second in delegate count. (Cheers.) And more importantly, we're playing all nine innings of this ball game. (Cheers, applause.) Even the Cardinals occasionally have a rough inning. (Laughter.) But they know how to win championships. (Cheers.)
But I want to express to you, next week, when we're going to be in Missouri and Oklahoma and Arkansas and Tennessee and Alabama and Georgia and all of these states where we're leading in the polls -- and we're still going to be leading next week -- we're going to have a great opportunity to start taking it all the way home to the nomination and to the White House. (Cheers, applause.) And it's going to happen -- (inaudible) -- Missouri next week. (Cheers, applause.) And we appreciate the (grace ?) of what we're getting.
I want to say thanks to the people of Florida. You know, there's going to be, probably before it's over, maybe up to 300,000 people down there who've worked their hearts out for us. And those people, I can't tell you how proud I am of them, because they had no resources. Others have spent millions and millions of dollars. We knew that we wouldn't have those kind of resources to play there.
So we went out there and just worked with people who would come out, put their own signs out, buy their own T-shirts and hats. A lady in Pensacola, she and her daughter put out 700 signs, just the two of them, in one day -- unbelievable. And that's the kind of thing that's happening across this country with our campaign that a lot of people still haven't figured out.
And when you look at what we have done with what we have, it's a remarkable story that is not even close to being over. In fact, we like to believe we're just really getting started. (Cheers, applause.)
There are some great folks down there -- our chairman, Senator Daniel Webster, and our co-chairman, House Speaker Marco Rubio, and a host of great Floridians who have been extremely dedicated to our task. I don't want them to feel discouraged. I want them instead to feel very proud of their effort and be half as proud of their effort as I am of them and the wonderful work that they've done for us.
I know it's a little tight in this room. We really anticipated that we might have 100 people. We thought that about half of this would be enough, and we did not expect the weather to be this bad. And I don't know if you're coming here because you're escaping the cold and the heat's out in your house -- (laughter) -- but because of the weather, we've got to get to California tonight, so our exit will be a little quicker than we had wanted it to be.
And I apologize in advance for that, but I'm sure you understand that we've got to be at the Reagan Library tomorrow night. So we're flying out as soon as we leave here, headed to California, because I'm going to be on that stage tomorrow night. I'm not sure everybody's going to be there, but I will be. (Cheers, applause.)
And I need you here in Missouri to join with us in being part of a wonderful volunteer army across this country who believes that it would be a better America if we did not have the IRS -- (cheers, applause) -- (inaudible) -- and that believe that it would be a better America if we did stand up for human life and traditional marriage -- (cheers, applause) -- and that it would be a better America if we actually sealed our borders and become energy-independent within 10 years -- (cheers, applause) -- and that it would be a better America if we had a country that once again believed in its future and believed that it's not so much just about Democrats versus Republicans and the left versus the right and liberals versus conservatives. It's about Americans building a better future for their kids and their grandkids and taking this country up and not down.
And that's why people are with us. And across this country we're finding homemakers and truck drivers and people who wait tables, as well as folks who work in the lines of the factories and people who run their own businesses. And I want to be the president who reminds America that that small business owner out there every day working hard and taking risks is the person that ought to believe that his government is going to be out there to undergird him, not undermine his every move. (Cheers, applause.) And we're going to make sure that happens in this country, and you're going to help be a part of that. (Applause.)
I wish we had cooked food for all of you. (Laughter.) I'll bet right now you were wishing it too. (Laughter.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Fried chicken.
MR. HUCKABEE: Fried chicken? I gave it up a few years ago. (Laughter.) But I do know how to eat it if I ever get it. That's right. (Laughter.)
I want to again express my thanks to Ray Wagner and all of the folks here in Missouri who have been working with us -- Jeff Grow (sp) and so many others who have just helped us have great confidence that between now and seven days from now, there's going to be something that we'll all be shouting about. And it won't just be a Missouri victory, but also that same night there will be one in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee, and there'll be one in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and maybe a few other places that people aren't even expecting it to happen.
Thank you, folks, for being here. God bless every one of you. Pray hard. Work hard. Get the votes out. Remember this: If they're going to vote for me, make sure they come. If they're not, don't let them out of their driveway. (Laughter.)
Thank you, folks. God bless you.