Iowa voters tend to decide late on who they'll support in their caucuses, GOP candidate Mike Huckabee said in a weekend interview with MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and he believes the race could once again break his way.
"I was way down in the polls eight years ago, and Rick Santorum was way down in the polls five days out," the former Arkansas governor told the "Morning Joe"
co-hosts in an interview taped over the weekend in South Carolina at the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity event in South Carolina and aired on their show Monday.
"It's a ground game and it's about Iowa voters breaking late, and I think as they start looking at the candidates, they don't know a lot about some of the newer candidates," he continued. "They know a lot more about me."
Huckabee pointed out that his favorability in Iowa as the highest among the candidates, and his unfavorable ratings are the lowest, and "a lot of times people will say 'I like a lot of these guys, but I want to go with a guy I know.'"
Meanwhile, Huckabee said that his message has remained consistent over his 26 years in public office, criticizing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for taking differing positions on subjects such as ethanol, immigration, Syrian refugees, and more.
"I don't say something different in small-town Iowa than I say in Manhattan," said Huckabee. "The things that I believe and the positions I have taken are the same and the consistency I believe that they see in me is going to matter."
Huckabee also addressed the anger many voters are feeling and how it has resulted in pushing Donald Trump to the top of the polls, saying that the real estate mogul has "touched a nerve about optimism."
"Americans truly do want to win," he said. "That's in our DNA. That's who we are. We love winners and we believe we are winners. We believe we're the greatest nation on Earth and I think we are. I think Donald says let's act like it."
But he acknowledged that it's not only men who are angry, but women.
"Women, I don't know that they feel safe," he said. "They feel like that the country is not adequately defending them against potential threats, whether it's a physical threat or an economic threat and that the government is so disconnected from reality."
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