This ad has caused quite a stir. Among those who joined Paul in condemning this ad were Christian leaders. One of the most noticeable persons who was outraged by this was Mike Huckabee who wrote in a statement:
"The only thing worse than a person attempting to show-off and parade his faith for the purpose of getting a vote is a person who would falsely and viciously attack his political opponent's faith and lie about it. The latest ad by Jack Conway will be studied by future political scientists as the most egregious example of slash and burn sleaze politics. An apology for such a vile attack would be meaningless from Conway unless he truly repented from such a classless attack. If there is any good news in this despicable attempt to smear Rand Paul and his family it is that the decent people of Kentucky won't have a hard decision as to who they would think best represents them in the United States Senate. Kentucky people aren't as gullible as Jack Conway must take them for. I'm proud to stand with Rand Paul and his family through this disgusting attempt by his opponent to win even at the expense of his own soul."
The Washington Monthly has an article today that points out the INCONSISTENCIES with Huckabee's outrage and questions whether he has a short memory span: (their Excerpts in italics)
Mike Huckabee is outraged -- outraged! -- by Jack Conway's ad because "the only thing worse than a person attempting to show-off and parade his faith for the purpose of getting a vote is a person who would falsely and viciously attack his political opponent's faith and lie about it."
Yet, Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign ran an ad in 2007 that described him as a "Christian leader," and explained that his faith "defines" him.
Soon after, another ad saying "what really matters" in late December is "the birth of Christ." Huckabee had a bright cross over his shoulder while he was speaking to the camera.
Around the same time, Huckabee suggested he personally was God's anointed presidential candidate.
We're not exactly talking about a guy who takes Matthew 6:6 to heart.
As for Huckabee's assertion that it's truly offensive for political candidates to go after an opponent's faith, it's also worth mentioning that during his presidential campaign, Huckabee went after Mitt Romney's faith, telling the New York Times, "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"
If Huckabee thinks he has the standing to go after Jack Conway, he must have blocked the entire 2008 presidential campaign from memory.