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.
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.
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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