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Let's talk about the candidates: Mike Huckabee

2007-11-10 20:23:30.384028+00 by Larry Burton 5 comments

Mike Huckabee might be a stretch for some of the readers here to take seriously as a presidential candidate, he's a former Southern Baptist minister who believes strongly in the sanctity of life and he will tell you straight up:

My faith is my life - it defines me. I don't separate my faith from my personal and professional lives.

Still, I like him. He seems to be genuine and he's got about the best fiscal head on his shoulders of any of the Republican candidates I've seen. He has been a two term governor of Arkansas and has also held the office of Lt. Governor. He left office earlier this year with an $800 million surplus in the Arkansas treasury.

Now discuss.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-11 02:18:29.248241+00 by: meuon [edit history]

While I probably wouldn't vote for him (but who knows at the point) for his stand on many issues, you mentioned "genuine" as an attribute. That's high on my list. I could vote for a person that, even thought I don't agree on some points, that I believe that he is true to his agenda and beliefs. I don't thing we can survive 4+ more years of conservative "Christian" politics and social restraint.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-11 12:28:23.377882+00 by: jeff [edit history]

Where does Huckabee stand on stem cell research and Roe vs. Wade? And illegal immigration? And the war in Iraq? I'll need to research.

#Comment Don't be fooled made: 2007-11-11 19:30:38.20763+00 by: outside counsel

There are many things that are charming about Mike Huckabee, but his politics can't be numberd among them. He is anti-choice, and although his stand on illegal immigration is less hate-driven than many other candidates, he would still break up familys and force deportations. Oh, and he is quite clear about how he feels about the rights of gay people-- he is against them.

What it comes down to, I think, is that people who say they talk to g-d are not to be trusted. They will do what they want to do, and use their imaginary friend as a justification. We've been down that road. Let's not do it again.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-11 20:17:48.434229+00 by: Dan Lyke

I find Huckabee fascinating. I cringe at his stance on reproductive issues, gay rights and marriage, I question his ability to make rational decisions given some of his comments about the scientific method, and I can't figure what his position is on illegal immigration, although I'll cut him some slack on that latter point. His pushing of the "fair tax" is interesting, although in light of his propensity for out of control spending I'm not sure how far that goes: he asserts that Arkansas is running a surplus, but others point to a rising general debt obligation and suggest that the surplus is largely accounting tricks.

I like his willingness to take personal responsiblity with respect to his weight, but, among other things, his fear-mongering about the alleged "teen violence epidemic" and similar stances make him a "no" in my voting list.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-11-11 20:48:06.734459+00 by: jeff [edit history]

I too find Huckabee intriguing and somewhat compelling. I strongly agree with his stance on illegal immigration and energy independence, yet find myself at odds with respect to his views about the war on terror and Roe vs. Wade. On balance, he's another refreshing voice in the GOP, but I'm not sure if I could vote for him because he, like many other candidates, has no realistic vision for Iraq and the Middle-East.