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Mike Huckabee video parodies Adele's 'Hello,' blasts Democratic rivals, Ted Cruz

Hello … it's Huckabee.

On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's YouTube channel posted a parody of Adele's "Hello" music video. Layered on top of a karaoke version of the original song, a female vocalist sings about the Iowa caucus — and seems to mock leading Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — while accompanied by visuals of Huckabee mimicking Adele's stoic demeanor.

"Hello, Sioux City," the vocalist sings as Huckabee holds a cell phone. "Your Woodbury County Supper Club has quite a cute baby / Try the pork chops / baked beans / Just as good as Pizza Ranch and La Mars ice cream."

After lamenting the regional "Arctic blasts and sub-zero chills," the lyrics contend, "There's just no difference between Obama and Hillary" moments before the video cuts to a clip of Clinton's dance moves on a recent episode of Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. A few stanzas later, the singer contends, "If Bernie wins, I'm gonna die."

The first chorus concludes, "This crazy circus / it's gone cuckoo-ca-choo / and Huckabee is the guy / who's long overdue."

The video also tweaks Republican rival Ted Cruz, showing a farcical iMessage conversation that makes it look like Cruz is admitting, "I'm Canadian!" The second verse ends with video of Huckabee shooting a gun at a firing range and the lyric, "There's a difference between Huck and the other 15 [candidates]." Notably, one person the video does not target, at least by name, is Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Within hours of its posting, comments were disabled for the video.

Among registered Republicans, Huckabee was polling at 1 percent, behind nine other GOP candidates, in a weekly NBC News/Survey Monkey survey that concluded Sunday.

Kicking off January's 150 event swing in Winterset, Iowa today! #ImwithHuck #Huckaboom #iacaucus

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Huckabee's video is the latest example of a GOP candidate seeking pop-culture appeal. Earlier this month, Cruz appeared to go on a duck hunt with "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson, who offered his endorsement. Jeb Bush slow-jammed the news on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last June. And Trump hosted "Saturday Night Live" in November.

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Leading Democrats have employed similar tactics. Clinton was interviewed by "Girls" star Lena Dunham in September; exchanged banter with her "SNL" impersonator Kate McKinnon on "SNL" in October; and played games on DeGeneres' talk show earlier this month. Sanders has shared a series of conversations with hip-hop artist Killer Mike; took Fallon's "Whisper Challenge" in December; and discussed underwear after Larry David referenced unmentionables while impersonating him on "SNL."

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