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Keeping Tabs: Mike Huckabee

A Watchful Eye on ’08 White House Hopefuls
By Chris Casey

The GOP straw poll election marks the unofficial beginning of the presidential campaign season and since we have just started this blog I think it is only fitting to launch a “Keeping Tabs” series to profile potential candidates and their policies. It is good to start watching these things early because generally candidates let some pretty telling things slip in the months before their campaign managers convert them into broken records. For instance, I read on kos today about Governor Mike Huckabee of AK and his frightening relationship with the religious right. Now, it is public knowledge that Gov. Huckabee is a Southern Baptist minister but what may not be known is his radical stance on the separation of church and state (or lack there of) issue.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Faith is not present enough in politics as candidates and elected officials try to court voters too broadly, fearing their values will splinter their base, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, said Friday at a Christian gathering.
Introduced as a “fine Christian American governor,” Huckabee, who is considering a bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, said he will always remain true to his beliefs.

“I don’t think most Americans are turned off by people of faith. I think they’re turned off by people who are phony,” Huckabee said to a small group. He added that Christianity is not represented “nearly enough” in Washington.

These quotes were taken from an article on MSNBC covering an address Gov. Huckabee gave to a group called the The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ. This group’s docket of important issues included: “(1) Religious Liberties, (2) the Sanctity of Life, (3) the Homosexual Agenda, (4) Pornography, and (5) Promoting Creationism.”

It is dangerous to have a leader or even a candidate that takes such a radical stance on an issue that has long been considered a basic freedom of America. The separation of church and state is a value that this country was founded on. Puritans came to this country largely to escape religious persecution. Don’t we owe it to our forefathers to ensure that protection to future generations of Americans?

Don’t be fooled: You may hear in the coming weeks that former president Bill Clinton has supported the Governor’s decision to run. If so it would be based of a local WCAX interview with the president where Clinton said that anyone who thinks they have something to run on should run. Read the article for yourself


March 18, 2006 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

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