Former Arkansas Governor and radio show host Mike Huckabee stopped by East Tennessee Wednesday evening.
Huckabee was a guest speaker at the Sevierville Convention Center as part of the Celebrators' Conference, a conference for Christian adults.
The popular radio show host offered some strong political opinions at the conference.
"By having the shutdown, what Republicans did, they took the noose from around the Democrats' neck and made it into a rescue rope out of it and rescued the Democrats from themselves," he said.
The four-day conference wraps up Thursday.