Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the socially conservative Republican presidential candidate and a Southern Baptist minister, will boycott a Baptist conference organized by former President Jimmy Carter. Huckabee is none-too-pleased with Carter's description of the Bush Administration as the "worst in history."
The comments, Huckabee said, "violated an unspoken code that you don't make personal attacks on others who currently hold the job. You just don't."
The Baptist Covenant Program Celebration will be held in Atlanta in January, scheduled to feature Carter, former President Bill Clinton, and, a roster of speakers that Huckabee says will be "too political." Huckabee has eulogized the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, another Southern Baptist, as "one of Christendom's great leaders" and often spoke Liberty University, which making the news today for its own brand of evangelism.
Huckabee is currently polling in the single digits but this may get him some much-needed press.