Huckabee to keynote anti-abortion gala

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R ) will deliver the keynote address at a prominent anti-abortion gala next week, adding to speculation that he's preparing to mount a 2016 run for president.

Huckabee is slated to speak Wednesday at the Susan B. Anthony List Gala in Washington, D.C., an event that's played host to other possible GOP presidential candidates including Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.).

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Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnEquifax breach is the wake-up call we expected Tennessee governor considering Senate run Five major potential Senate candidates MORE (R-Tenn.) and Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannTom Petty dies at 66 Bachmann: Muslim immigrants trying to undermine Western civilization Religious leaders pray over Trump in Oval Office MORE (R-Minn.) will also receive awards at the gathering.

Huckabee's invitation follows a series of recent appearances in early presidential primary states. The Fox News host and erstwhile Baptist minister also spoke at CPAC this week and headlined the Republican National Committee's (RNC) winter meeting.

He's the most popular among the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, according to several polls. A left-leaning Public Policy Polling survey from January found that Huckabee gained 3 points following his controversial "Uncle Sugar" remark, putting him at the top of the Republican field.

At the RNC meeting, Huckabee said: "If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or reproductive system without the help of the government, so be it."

Huckabee is likely to address the comment, which drew strong condemnation from Democrats, at Wednesday's event.