Mike Huckabee, who won Iowa in 2008, will join Herman Cain at his Ames Straw Poll booth this weekend to lay down some bass grooves behind Cain’s gospel vocals.
While not billed as a formal endorsement, Huckabee’s appearance is a major boost to Cain, who has been counting on a strong performance at Ames to rocket him into the top tier of GOP contenders.
“I am honored to have the Governor join me on stage for this historic event,” Cain, who like Huckabee is a Baptist minister, said in a statement. “We share many commonalities, including the deepness of our Christian faith and our love of music. I am humbled by his graciousness to share his musical gifts with me and I hope Iowa voters will enjoy the show.”
Cain will also appear on Huckabee’s FOX show the day after the straw poll.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.