"It's the 16th night in a row they didn't have an indictment," Lucas said, drawing laughter from the crowd. No one in attendance was "endorsed by Team Mingo," he added, referencing the Democratic political action committee that has had several of its members accused of federal crimes.
"I started feeling so at home," Huckabee said after hearing about the alleged corruption.
Huckabee was sworn in as Arkansas' governor in July 1996, after Democrat Jim Tucker stepped down following a fraud conviction.
Huckabee, a former minister, spoke about his respect for a strong work ethic and pointed to West Virginia's coal miners.
He laughed while recalling a "lecture" he once received from Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., on poverty.
"I've lived it," he recalled thinking, noting he was the first man in his family to graduate from high school and attend college.
Huckabee, who has a weekend show on Fox News Channel, also touched on his pro-life stance and the need for fewer taxes, which drew more applause from those in attendance.
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