Mike Huckabee schedules book signing in Rock Hill

Mike Huckabee, one of the Republican Party’s prospective presidential candidates for 2016, will make a stop in Rock Hill next week to promote his latest book, “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.”

The book tour event in Rock Hill is part of a 14-state tour Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, will undertake over the next two weeks.

In 2008, he won several Republican primaries during a presidential run.

“I’ve been there many times from back in ’08,” Huckabee said of Rock Hill during a phone interview Wednesday from the New York leg of his tour. “We’ve always had great support in Rock Hill and that whole north country of South Carolina, so the Upstate part of the tour should be good for us.”

Huckabee calls his latest book a defense of America’s “fly-over country,” the land outside what he identifies as the cultural bubbles of New York, Washington, D.C., and Hollywood, Calif.

“The bubbles set the trends for the rest of the country in finance, fashion, movies, television, but they don’t really represent the rest of the country,” he said, which in contrast to “Bubbleville,” Huckabee calls “Bubbaville.”

“People assume I live in New York because of the show,” Huckabee said of the program he hosted on Fox News. “But I always say no, because the mayor won’t let me duck hunt in Central Park.”

After finishing up national media appearances this week in New York, Huckabee will begin on Monday a bus tour of mostly Southern states in Knoxville, Tenn.

“I’m going from the bubble to the Bubbas,” he said.

Until recently, Huckabee hosted a political commentary show on Fox News, but he left the network earlier this year in preparation for a potential presidential run. Now Huckabee is embarking on a book tour in the early 2016 primary state of South Carolina.

“It’s absolutely a coincidence,” Huckabee joked. Rock Hill’s proximity to Charlotte is “the only reason we’re going there, I’m sure.”

Book-buyers shouldn’t expect any presidential announcements next week though. Huckabee said he won’t make up his mind on 2016 until later this spring. For now, he just wants to sell some books.

“I think folks in South Carolina will like the theme of this book and its message,” he said. “They will feel very familiar with it.”

Huckabee will appear at the Books-A-Million Rock Hill location at 4 p.m. on Jan. 29. The store is located in Manchester Village, off Dave Lyle Boulevard.

To gain entry to the event, customers must have purchased “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” and have proof of receipt from the participating store, which in this case means customers have a week to purchase their book from the Rock Hill store.

Tickets can be obtained by calling the store before the event. The Books-A-Million store phone number in Rock Hill is 803-985-5362.

Huckabee’s newest book went on sale this week. He’s written two other New York Times bestsellers.