Mike Huckabee says President Barack Obama's victory in Iowa during the 2008 Democratic primary showed, against most people's doubts, that someone with the middle name Hussein could be president.
Asked on Kevin McCullough Radio this week what role Iowa plays in choosing the next president, the former Arkansas governor said, "It plays a huge role, Barack Obama would never have been president had he not upset Hillary Clinton back in 2008."
"The upset of Obama in Iowa made him a viable candidate when most people thought that a guy with the middle name Hussein would certainly not be a viable candidate for president and it was just a remarkable turn," Huckabee continued said.
Huckabee noted candidates like Howard Dean lost in Iowa after leading the polls, and added that pundits were wrong to cite polls and "don't get out much."
"It hardly is gonna reflect vote totals, especially in early states," said Huckabee of polls.
The former Arkansas governor won the Iowa Caucuses in 2008, but has remained near bottom of the pack in the polls during this election cycle.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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