In the summer of 2008 the ONE Campaign organized a bipartisan group of people to travel to Rwanda. Those people included the Republican Presidential nominee’s wife Cindy McCain, Senators Daschle and Frist, Gov. Mike Huckabee, John Podesta, John Kasich, Susan McCue, and David Lane. According to the ONE Campaign, their purpose was to see how U.S. investments have helped some of the world's poorest people and what steps the next president can take to fight global poverty. This trip went virtually unnoticed by the U.S. media because then Presidential Democrat nominee Barack Obama was touring Europe.
This trip was remembered by a ONE campaign staffer who met up with Gov. Mike Huckabee this past week while he was on his book tour in Florida. Sara Peterni wrote:
This morning Gov. Mike Huckabee made a stop in Jupiter, Florida as a part of his cross-country book tour. I went out to talk with Gov. Huckabee about his work with ONE, and I went early as I knew there would be a crowd of folks anxious to meet the former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential contender.
After introducing myself, I gave Gov. Huckabee a ONE band and thanked him for his support of the ONE Campaign. I told him that I had read about his visit to Rwanda with ONE back in 2008 and was encouraged by his own leadership to help the world’s poorest people. He lit up when I mentioned that trip and told me that it was a tremendous opportunity to gather with bi-partisan leaders, and learn about ways we can make a difference together. He thanked me for my work with ONE and encouraged me to continue using my voice for people living in poverty around the world.
While it was too crowded to pose for a picture, it was great to meet Governor Huckabee and I can’t thank him enough for always making time for ONE, and the least among us.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the ONE Campaign, the RNCC put this video together for their convention in August of 2008:
Here is an interview that Mike Huckabee did with the ONE campaign in December 2007:
Mike Huckabee states, “It is refreshing that there are people of all walks of life, who probably have some real strong political convictions, but for the greater cause of human beings have not made that the center piece of their involvement…Made it about the life and future of a fellow human being… Selfless attitude of those workers of the ONE Campaign. They are doing what’s right for billions of people on this earth who have no voice-Help them to live with some decent level of water, clothing and a roof over their heads.”
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