Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz both planned to pay visits to Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in jail on Tuesday. They scheduled rallies and press conferences outside the jail to speak about religious liberty and the “criminalization of Christianity” that they believe her arrest represents. But shortly before their events were scheduled to begin, U.S. District Judge David L. Bunning issued an order releasing her from jail. Huckabee capitalized on the moment, following Davis through the jail doors and joining her in speaking to the TV cameras awaiting them outside the jailhouse. “She’s shown more courage than most any politician I know and most every pastor I know,” Huckabee said about Davis. “Because she’s not only said something, she’s been willing to put her life at risk in order to follow the Christ that came into her life four years ago.” Huckabee also spoke about the people who came “from all over the country” to attend the rally, originally planned while Davis was in jail. “They came because they wanted her to be free,” he said. “What we could not have known, when this was planned a week ago, was that on the day that everyone comes, they get to watch her walk out of this jail. We stand with Kim today with gratitude and appreciation.” Huckabee added that if somebody needs to go to jail, he is willing to go in her place.