Some have suggested there is an image of a cross behind Huckabee’s shoulder as he talks to the camera in the ad, but Huckabee dismissed that Tuesday.
“That was a book shelf behind me, a book shelf,” Huckabee told reporters while campaigning in Houston, Texas.
Huckabee was asked if his language crossed the line between faith and politics: “Absolutely not,” he said.
Huckabee went on to joke, to the delight of the reporters in the room, “I will confess this; if you play the spot backwards it says ‘Paul is dead, Paul is dead, Paul is dead.'”