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Some Huckabee Aides Forgoing Paychecks


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« on: January 22, 2008, 03:07:00 pm »








                                          Some Huckabee aides forgoing paychecks





By CHARLES BABINGTON,
Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA - In a sign of the financial difficulties facing Republican Mike Huckabee, his presidential campaign said Tuesday that top advisers are working without pay and some aides have left.
 
"Most people are staying on," but a few have departed, adviser Ed Rollins said in an interview. "A number of people, including myself," have agreed to forgo their pay in order to spend as much as possible on television ads in vital states, Rollins said.

Campaign contributions continue to come in, he said. But he acknowledged that the former Arkansas governor is stretched thin as he tries to compete in Florida's primary next Tuesday and many of the two dozen states holding contests Feb. 5.

Huckabee told reporters late Monday he would evaluate the situation in Florida daily and decide whether to keep campaigning in the state. His campaign has stopped arranging charter flights, hotel reservations and other means of helping journalists keep up with his movements. News organizations pay their own expenses, but empty seats on charter planes were costing the campaign money.

Rollins said the campaign plans to run some ads on cable stations in Florida, but it cannot afford broadcast rates. Huckabee is splitting time between Florida, Georgia and Arkansas this week.

One of Huckabee's rivals, Rudy Giuliani, has acknowledged that about a dozen of his senior campaign workers were forgoing their January paychecks in hopes of stretching out money.

Huckabee spoke at an anti-abortion rally Tuesday on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol before heading to Gainesville, Fla., without the usual press contingent.

Legalized abortion is "a national nightmare that needs to end soon," Huckabee told several hundred people huddled under umbrellas in a chilly drizzle. America's treatment of the unborn, he said, "will define us for the future." The remarks coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that a woman has a constitutional right to have an abortion.

Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, favors constitutional amendments to outlaw abortion and same-sex marriage. He counts heavily on social conservatives and evangelical Christians, but he finished second to Arizona Sen. John McCain in South Carolina in Saturday.
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