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Presidential candidate Huckabee visits St. Louis

By Adam Allington, KWMU


St. Louis, MO – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Despite trailing in the money race Huckabee says he still has plenty of time to spread his message and attract donors.

He's one of nine Republicans will participate in an early GOP debates in May. He formed a presidential exploratory committee shortly after leaving the Arkansas governor's post in January.

At a time when most candidates are eager to announce campaign coffers that have swelled to multi-million dollar sums, Huckabee's campaign has raised a modest $500,000.

"People who are looking at this as only about the money chase in the first quarter of '07 have missed a lot," Huckabee said Wednesday. "There's a lot of time for message to begin to formulate the money, as opposed to just saying, 'I've got a lot of money now let me go shop for a message and find out what it is I need to believe.'"

Huckabee says the war in Iraq is a campaign against Islamic fascists. He also pushed for comprehensive healthcare reform.