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Huckabee sticks to platform, strikes out at Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke at a rally Sunday afternoon in Macon, sticking close to his campaign platform in an attempt to appeal to Georgia voters with Super Tuesday just two days away.

Roughly 700 attended the event at Third Street Park, according to organizers, though it some were clearly there to see actor and Huckabee supporter Chuck Norris.

On Tuesday, Huckabee will go up against Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in caucuses and primaries in 21 states, including Georgia.

Huckabee had sharp words for Romney, implying that Romney wanted him out of the race.

"He may think he can buy the election, but he can't buy me," the Arkansas governor said.

Huckabee spent only a few minutes speaking about Romney. He opted instead to emphasize his key campaign issues. He touted a 'fair tax' - essentially a national sales tax that would replace income tax - an amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and woman, and his support of gun rights.

Norris - a martial arts expert, turned movie star and pop-culture icon - was introduced by Huckabee and said he was impressed by the former Arkansas governor's stance on many of the issues.

"This is the man we need to lead our country into the future," Norris said.

Huckabee arrived shortly after 2 p.m. and answered questions at a news conference. The rally itself started around 3:15 and ended just before 4 p.m.

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