If you read all the way down you'll see how one man says he likes Huckabee more than Palin but his wife chimes in and says they just want Obama out of the White House. I think she likes Palin more. ;)
West Michigan abuzz to see Palin, Huckabee live
POSTED: 7:45 P.M. NOV. 17, 2009
BY KATHLEEN GRAY
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Nearly every person at the Barnes and Noble Booksellers store in Kentwood this evening was buying a copy of Sarah Palin’s memoir “Going Rogue.”
Betty Ward, 73, of Coldwater, had two – one for herself and one for her sister. She had already been to a book signing down the road at the Schuler Books in Kentwood, getting two signatures from former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on his book “A Simple Christmas.”
“He’s about as honest as they come,” Ward said. “And she’s just another person like me. I would like to see her run for president.”
Ward made the two-hour drive to Coldwater for the books and was staying overnight in the hopes of getting Palin to autograph her copies.
The Woodland Mall, where Palin will begin her book tour Wednesday, was scheduled to close at 9 p.m. and store officials were expecting long lines when the mall doors reopened at 5:30 a.m. The book store was set to begin handing out wrist bands to people wanting Palin’s signature at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
“I’m going to try and come back and see if I can get my copy signed,” said Cheryl Lusby, 55, of Grand Rapids. “She’s such a strong and smart woman. And it takes a lot of guts to do what she’s done.”
Bert and Marianne Vandentop, of Grand Rapids, were two of the 300 people waiting in line today to see Huckabee. They didn’t think they would make it to the Palin event.
"We like her, but we like Mike better," said Bert Vandentop, 76. "Maybe they should team up."
Marianne Vandentop added, "We just want Obama out of the White House. The sooner the better."
The line at Schuler's snaked throughout the store and cashiers expected that Huckabee would sign 600 before the hour-long event was through. Huckabee is in the midst of a 64-city tour to promote his book of short stores.
Kent County was a good spot for both Republicans. Huckabee finished a respectable third in the presidential primary and in the general election, John McCain and Palin barely lost by a 48.9% to 49.4% margin, while the state as a whole went for Barack Obama for president by a 57%-41% margin.