Mike Huckabee left Texas for a speaking gig in Colorado on Friday and spent an hour with one of his biggest fans -- James Dobson, according to a report in the Rocky Mountain News.
Friends with the Focus on the Family founder for 14 years, the Republican candidate did not disclose the details of their conversation -- but did chat about his campaign, outside the nonprofit's headquarters. Dobson also was mum about what they talked about.
Outside, Huckabee knocked McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:
"If I were a sitting senator, I would be expected to be in Washington; that's how I would get my paycheck," he said. "Unfortunately, the people I'm paying to be sitting senators aren't showing up at their desk. You know, if you don't show up at work, you get fired. These guys aren't showing up for work and are expecting us to give them a better job."
Gary Schneeberger, Focus on the Family spokesman, explained the low-key meeting, saying that the nonprofit wanted to be "hyper-compliant," so as to not violate its nonprofit tax status by hosting a political event.
He noted that Dobson has endorsed Huckabee as a private citizen, not as founder of the influential organization. At one point, Dobson's endorsement was coveted by Mitt Romney, who won the Colorado caucus and captured the state's 46 delegates.
Romney suspended his campaign after big losses on Super Tuesday, and Huckabee -- who finished second to Romney in Colorado -- said he hopes that those delegates would back him at the Republican National Convention.
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