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 RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions MORE (R-Fla.) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Healthcare: McConnell throws cold water on reviving ObamaCare repeal | House GOP insists they aren't giving up | Price faces new task of overseeing health law First GOP lawmaker calls for Nunes to recuse himself McConnell: ObamaCare 'status quo' will stay in place moving forward MORE (R-Wis.).

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Reps. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnWeek ahead in tech: FCC privacy rules on the ropes Trump meets with broadband CEO, Texas gov on infrastructure GOP rep: ObamaCare debate like trying get kids 'through bathtime' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Michele BachmannMichele Bachmann'Real Housewives' producer 'begging' Conway to join cast Ex-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala Why Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog 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.