Mike Huckabee made a stop in Bowling Green on his book tour on Saturday night.
Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate, is a TV and radio host, as well as an author. At Huckabee’s book signing at Barnes and Noble, most people were getting his latest book signed — “Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett,” a book he wrote from his point of view as a grandfather.
“When my grandson was born and I held him for the first time, you know, it occurred to me that there were so many things that I hoped that he would know and that I could tell him,” Huckabee said. “But I also realize that my own grandfather died before I got old enough to really care about what he went through.”
A small group of women wore t-shirts to the signing with messages that encouraged Huckabee to run for president in 2016.
Tammy Pickett, the woman who made the shirts, said when she heard Huckabee was coming, she was really excited because she likes his views.
“He’s a good Republican, he has great values, he has a good healthcare plan,” Pickett said.
Huckabee said he hasn’t put a lot of thought into whether or not he will run for president in the next election.
“Who knows what’ll happen by then, but you know, it’s encouraging that people would take such a stand so publicly,” Huckabee said.
Jack Loveday, also at the store to get a book signed, said he likes that Huckabee doesn’t seem to compromise on his beliefs.
“I like his views,” Loveday said. “I like the fact that he’s a man of faith.”
He also said Huckabee was extremely nice.
“I just think we need more men like him,” Loveday said.
WKUs student also made up part of the crowd. Louisville senior Justin Thornsberry said he came to the signing because “you don’t always get to meet someone like Huckabee.” He said he was also there to get a book signed for one of his friends’ fathers, who is a big fan.
Thornsberry said Huckabee was very nice and willing to talk to everyone.
“He asked us questions,” Thornsberry said. “He just didn’t sign the book and like push it aside. He talked to you, wanted to know where you were from, what you were about, who you were.”
Thornsberry said he likes what Huckabee stands for and that he has a Christian background.
Jennifer Bailey, community relations manager at Barnes and Noble, said she was “absolutely” excited when she heard that Huckabee was coming to Bowling Green.
“Anytime we can have any big-time author or political figure in the store to do book signings, it’s just great,” Bailey said.
Huckabee said he hopes the book will serve as an inspiration for others.
“This book really, I hope, will inspire parents and grandparents to tell their stories,” Huckabee said. “It’s not so much that they’re just going to hear mine — I hope they enjoy them and they’re entertained — but the real goal is to say, ‘What are you going to leave for your kids and your grandkids?’”