TAMPA, FL – Gearing up to play a memorable part in the 2012 Republican National Convention this week, former Arkansas Governor and presidential campaigner Mike Huckabee has asked RNC organizers if it would be okay for him to bring along his bass guitar.
Offering to knock out a few Rolling Stones numbers during his 10-minute address, Huckabee insisted that “this will really get the convention swinging.”
“I just wanted to do a few riffs with the band,” said the 57-year-old. “I promise not to go overboard. Just three songs, and then I’ll let Condoleezza Rice have the floor. I swear.”
Huckabee, who, along with his band Capitol Offense, lent musical accompaniment to the Convention in 2004, said that it would be “a whole lot of fun to just put on one more show for these people.”
“Here me out,” he continued. “Me and the guys have been working on a really funky cover of Paint It Black. Yes, you heard me: Paint It Freaking Black! Aren’t you just a little bit excited?”
“Come on, RNC people: what do you say?”
In an email sent to the former presidential candidate, however, RNC chairman Reince Priebus has advised Huckabee that, while he appreciates the gesture, it’s really not that sort of thing.