RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Former Arkansas Governor and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee campaigned in North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Several thousand people attended a rally in Raleigh where Huckabee was the keynote speaker.
“The Washington political machine needs to be burned to the ground and I’m excited to be in Raleigh to share my vision to restore America’s greatness so we can win again,” said Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“Obama’s political pandering, empty promises, and crisis-management approach to national security is not a strategy to keep America safe, and I look forward to visiting with folks in north Texas to share my vision for the future,” said Gov. Huckabee.
Gov. Huckabee was the keynote speaker at the event called “We Stand With God, Pro-Family Rally” from 1 to 3 p.m. at Halifax Mall at 300 North Salisbury Street in Raleigh.
Organizers for the event said that 10,000 people were expected. Later Saturday, organizers said that between 8,000 and 10,000 people attended.
“Voters need to be thinking of someone who has fought the Clinton political machine. Repeatedly defeated it and lived to tell about it. And I think that’s an important part of being able to say we can win this election,” Huckabee told WNCN before the rally.
North Carolina’s primary is March 15.
Similar rallies are planned around the country.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report