Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is hoping to shed his underdog label and go from candidate to nominee.
He is behind John McCain in the polls -- and delegates -- but hopes a good showing this weekend can bring him back in the picture.
Huckabee made Kansas a priority -- traveling to four cities in the state on Friday to woo voters. In addition to Topeka, he stopped in Wichita, Olathe and Garden City.
Huckabee touted his conservative credentials to a crowd of several hundred people at the Ramada Inn in downtown Topeka. He said he is strictly pro-life. He said he didn't become pro-life because he was a politician. He said he became a politician because he believes that this issue will have a great influence on how future generations view us. He says all life has value.
Huckabee also talked about his experience as Governor of Arkansas and how he came in at a time when he had to clean up corruption. He says people have a right to a clean and efficient government, something he doesn't see in Washington, D.C. He says it too often isn't working for us, it's working against us.
Veterans issues also entered Huckabee's comments. He says we have a moral obligation to take care of those who've sacrificed for our country.
Before the rally, Huckabee took time to sit down with Topeka area business leaders for a round-table discussion. Those participating said they were glad to see Huckabee try to gain an understanding of the issues facing Kansas businesses.
In a surprise meeting, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius showed up before the round table to welcome former Governor Huckabee to the Capitol City.