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Huckabee: Democrats’ ‘War on Women’ Claim Demeans Females.

Republicans must fight the phony “war on women” tag that Democrats have slapped on them — a charge that is “incredibly demeaning” to U.S. women, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says.

“Every woman I know who has an IQ above broccoli tells you that it’s an insult to them that the Democrats play them to be incapable of anything other than helpless and hopeless victims of their own gender, who are just sitting around wringing their hands hoping that Uncle Sugar will provide for them free birth control and a free abortion because it’s the only thing in life that they really care about,” Huckabee told “The Steve Malzberg Show” On Newsmax TV.

“That is incredibly demeaning,” he said Monday.

“It’s extraordinarily outrageous to assume that women, who are capable of running everything from major corporations in this country to running a household, that they’re somehow incapable of controlling their own libido and their reproductive system to the point that if the government doesn’t step in with $9 a month worth of birth control, they’re going to completely fall apart,” Huckabee said.

In recent years, Democrats have tagged the GOP as waging a “war on women” for its efforts to regulate abortion and because of a series of insensitive remarks by Republican lawmakers.

The most infamous example was that of former Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who said that abortion in cases of rape was unnecessary because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Huckabee said he can’t believe the GOP hasn’t fought back against the Democrats’ “ridiculous” tag — but he has a theory.

“Why Republicans haven’t taken that on is beyond me except for this: you have to believe something in your heart before it can come out of your mouth with much effectiveness, and a lot of times, some of our Republican leaders, they’re not too sure what they believe in their hearts, and therefore they find it more difficult to articulate,” he said.

“But anybody who . . . thinks about it rationally and logically would say that on its face the Democrats [who are] creating this phony ‘war on women’ ought to be pushed back and the Republicans ought to be talking about . . . [women being] accepted as equals, for them to be respected as people who are not victims of gender but capable of anything that a man is capable of. That’s what we ought to be talking about.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

Huckabee to Newsmax: TV Spot Not Endorsement of Lindsey Graham.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday clarified a report that he had endorsed Sen. Lindsey Graham’s re-election bid in a commercial that he taped for the South Carolina Republican last year.

Politico makes it sound as if that spot was taped recently,” Huckabee told Newsmax in an email. “It was actually done many months ago when I was in S.C. for a pro-Israel group.

“That was its purpose: to thank Lindsey for his pro-Israel stance and to help keep the pressure to get to the facts of Benghazi,” Huckabee added. “There wasn’t an endorsement of candidacy.

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“I like Lindsey and consider him a friend, although we don’t always agree.”

In its report, Politico said the onetime GOP presidential candidate “recently taped a glowing video thanking Sen. Lindsey Graham for his tough positions on national security.”

“But this week,” the report continued, “Huckabee stressed that the spot shouldn’t be viewed as an endorsement for the South Carolina senator, who faces several primary challengers as he seeks reelection this year.”

Politico then quoted from a statement on the website of Huckabee’s PAC saying that the spot did not endorse Graham or any candidate in the upcoming South Carolina primary.

“To be clear, I haven’t endorsed Lindsey Graham for Senate,” the statement said.

Huckabee taped the TV spot for the South Carolina Conservative Action Alliance, urging viewers to call Graham to thank him for “being a conservative champion for peace through strength.”

A Graham campaign spokesman did not offer comment when reached by Politico — but the report quoted David Wilkins, the South Carolina organization’s chairman, as saying, “We agree with Governor Huckabee’s statement that this was not an endorsement.”

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By Todd Beamon

Huckabee: Talk Radio Job Like Being ‘NSA Agent’.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says hosting a national radio talk show for nearly two years was like “being a junior NSA agent.”

Talk radio is “a very important force in American culture and certainly in politics,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate told Politico. The medium also has “a certain sort of vicarious thrill that people have of listening in on other people’s conversations,” he said.

“The Mike Huckabee Show” ended its run on Cumulus Media Dec. 12. The three-hour weekday program began in April 2012. He continues to host his Fox News program on Saturdays.

Huckabee’s radio guests have ranged from country legend Willie Nelson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate.

Huckabee, 58, told Politico that he realized that Cumulus might not seek to expand his program further once it re-signed conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh to a three-year contract in August.

“We were at a point in the contract where I had an out,” Huckabee said. “And there are other things I’d like to do and the time that was involved was consuming me, literally consuming me.”

The former governor added, though, “I really did love doing it, that’s the hard part.”

Huckabee will not be leaving radio entirely, as he will soon begin providing brief commentaries three times a day to 600 stations nationally through “The Huckabee Report,” Politico reports.

Next year, he will begin “The Huckabee Post,” a website in partnership with Christian Media Corp. International.

Regarding a 2016 White House run, “I want them to be in the dark as much as possible,” Huckabee told Politico. “Keep ’em guessing, right?”

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By Todd Beamon

Huckabee: I May Run for President in 2016.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the time may be right to give a run for the presidency another try in 2016.

Huckabee, while not announcing his candidacy, said Thursday night he’s getting encouragement to run “from places where I never got it before,” reports The Washington Post.

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He made a strong showing in 2008 when he won the Iowa caucuses, but sat out the 2012 contest.

This time around, Huckabee says he’s getting encouragement from “business, people some would maybe call the establishment,” both of whom did not support him in 2008.

Huckabee, whose 2008 campaign sputtered after it ran into cash problems, said he would not run this time unless he has the finances to mount a successful campaign, reports The New York Times.

“If I talk to people and they say, ‘If you run, we’re in and we’re in a big way,’ that’s going be helpful,” he told the Times. “If I don’t hear that, you know what? This will be a real easy decision for me to make because I’ve jumped in a pool without water before and it’s a hard hit at the bottom.”

Huckabee spoke in Little Rock Thursday to about 600 pastors and their spouses at a dinner sponsored by the American Renewal Project, and followed the dinner with a private meeting with a group from Iowa and South Carolina, where presidential contests are held early.

Huckabee said a private poll commissioned by his supporters shows he can make strong showings in both those states, and that less-moderate candidates like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, often considered a front-runner, would not do well in the early races.

The former governor said he believes that to win the presidency Republicans need to “communicate a message that speaks across a broader spectrum.”

He said the party fails to “speak to African-Americans, to speak to Hispanics, to speak to working-class people.”

Huckabee has not been mentioned much in the early talk about 2016, compared to people like Christie and others.

He has said he did not seek the 2012 candidacy because he didn’t think President Barack Obama could be defeated, and acknowledged he has enjoyed earning money and celebrity through his shows and appearances, the Times reports.

The former governor and pastor now makes a comfortable living with his own show on Fox News, the profits of the talk radio show he just ended, and paid speeches, and conceded Thursday that giving up his profitable television show to run for the presidency would be “a big issue.”

Huckabee said personal pride doesn’t factor into his decision.

“Anybody who would run for any reason other than to win is an idiot,” he said.

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Huckabee: Healthcare System ‘Upside-Down’.

The healthcare system is upside-down, centering on treating people rather than curing them, because that is where the money is, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has claimed.

“We spend most of the money on treating diseases. And, you know why? Because there is money to be made in treating a disease,” he said on Monday’s Fox & Friends.

“If you cure it, there is no money. If you prevent it, there is no money to be made.”

Huckabee said that treatment is an important factor, but the primary focus should be on cure and prevention, both for the health of individuals and the federal budget.

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“Here is what we need to do. Focus on a cure rather than just on a treatment. Three stages in dealing with disease — preventing it, curing it, treating it,” he said.

“It will bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid if we don’t deal with these huge issues that are the cost outliers in healthcare,” Huckabee warned.

Huckabee also claimed that President Barack Obama had moved “beyond disingenuous to being dishonest” in his depiction of how Republicans view health coverage for the uninsured.

The president recently said that Republicans want to deny health insurance to the uninsured, saying, “The one unifying principle in the Republican party, at the moment, is making sure that 30 million people don’t have healthcare.”

But Huckabee called that claim “nonsense.”

“We’ve taken 15 percent of people who don’t have insurance, and, in an attempt to give it to them, we messed it up for the 85 percent of people who do,” he said in reference to the Affordable Care Act.

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 By Wanda Carruthers

Huckabee: Benghazi Cover-Up Could Lead to Obama Impeachment.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax that the Obama administration is guilty of disseminating “deliberate misinformation” regarding the Benghazi attack and continues to “stonewall” efforts to uncover the facts behind the tragedy.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate also reiterates his earlier prediction that the Benghazi affair could lead to President Barack Obama’s impeachment.

And he declares that the House “should do any and everything” to stop further implementation of Obamacare.

Huckabee is now the host of “The Mike Huckabee Show,” broadcast on more than 200 radio stations, and a Fox News contributor. His latest book is “Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather’s Thoughts on Faith, Family and the Things That Matter Most.”

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On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner demanded that Obama and administration officials turn over emails pertaining to the Benghazi controversy. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV on Friday, Huckabee was asked if the administration will be forced to be more forthcoming about what happened.

“They’re going to have to,” he says.

“They have been stonewalling since September of last year and they no longer can say, ‘Look, we don’t want to turn this into an election-year issue,’ because the election’s long over.

“But it doesn’t mean that the interest in what happened in Benghazi is over. In fact, it’s just beginning to really heat up and even members of the mainstream press who have done everything possible to ignore this story are having to pay attention, because as new information comes out and as the hearings really validated this week, there was deliberate misinformation that was given out by the White House and by the State Department as to what happened that night.

“We have a right to know, why did four people get killed, and we also have a right to know, why didn’t they tell us the truth about what happened that night?”

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Earlier this week on his radio show, Huckabee predicted that the Benghazi “cover-up” will drive Obama from office.

He tells Newsmax: “Let me begin by saying that it’s not my wish or hope. Some people presume that I sit around just licking my chops over the idea that the president would either resign or be impeached, but that is not at all something that I relish because I don’t think it’s good for the country.

“It’s good for the country for the president to step forward, tell the truth, lay everything on the table, and not only tell us what did happen, but tell us why they didn’t tell us this before.

“But if the White House continues to stonewall and this information ekes out little by little because reporters and members of Congress have to uncover it rather than it being opened up by the administration, then it could [lead to impeachment].

“I’m not saying it necessarily will lead to an impeachment, and without the Senate changing it probably wouldn’t lead to a conviction. But it could be that his term is over, not so much that he resigns or is impeached, but that he becomes just a completely inept president with no power, because once you lose credibility, you lose the power to govern.

“Rather than being a lame duck, he could well be a dead duck sitting in office, basically biding his time and not able to move anything forward.”

Huckabee agrees with the more than 130 House Republicans who want to impanel a select committee to investigate Benghazi.

“There’s a limitation on what these standing committees are going to be able to delve into,” he says.

“Also, a select committee gives it a focus and a level of attention that, frankly, it does deserve, and I hope it happens.

“But the other thing that I hope happens is that the esteemed members of the Fourth Estate, those who are supposed to be the watchdogs of government, and I’m speaking of our national press, will begin to take their job seriously and not be apologists for the president, but begin to ask the serious questions objectively.

“True reporters and journalists are supposed to go after the truth wherever it takes them, or they lose all of their credibility.”

Huckabee opines that the Benghazi affair “could have a big impact” on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chances of gaining the White House in 2016, “not just in the general election but in the primary.”

Huckabee also says he hopes the House and Senate will be able to reach an agreement on immigration reform this year.

“One of the concerns that I think we’re seeing is whether or not they’re going to put the securing of the border in front of any type of path to legalization. That’s going to be very important, especially in the House,” he says.

“People don’t want this issue to linger on. They don’t want people to live in the shadows. They don’t want to be punitive to people who come here.

“But we need to know who’s coming, why they’re coming, can they support themselves, do they have a communicable disease? Knowing that is an important part of immigration reform.”

But Huckabee disagrees with those who say that if immigration reform doesn’t pass, it will hurt Republicans at the polls.

“If the immigration legislation doesn’t pass and the reason it doesn’t pass is because Democrats insisted on open borders without any accountability, without any responsible pathway for people to catch up to the law, then I don’t think the American public or Hispanic voters who have come here legally, or are descendants of people who have come here legally, are going to hold that against [Republicans].”

The House votes again on repealing Obamacare next week, although a full repeal is nearly impossible considering that Democrats control the White House and Senate.

Asked if the House should simply use its budget controls and defund Obamacare, Huckabee responds: “They should do any and everything they can to try to stop this from getting so far implemented that we can’t undo ourselves from what even Democrats like Max Baucus, who sponsored the bill, are now calling a train wreck.

“House Republicans have an opportunity to be heroes and to say this was legislation that shouldn’t have been passed. We may not be able to completely repeal it but we’re going to stop this until we can get a president and a Senate in place that will stop the bleeding that is going to happen to the American economy, and to jobs, if this goes forward.”

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By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter

Gov. Huckabee Calls Believers to Take a Stand.

Mike Huckabee
Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee channeled the energy of the Convocation crowd in Liberty University’s Vines Center Monday, issuing a rallying cry to young evangelicals to plant their feet and take a stand for individual rights.

“I hope you understand that there has never been a time in our nation and in our world where we need people who recognize their responsibility, not simply to get an education so they can make more money or become somebody, but that the education is their preparation to change a very troubled world. And if you don’t do it, it’s not going to get done,” he began.

Huckabee hosts a No. 1-rated weekend television program on Fox News Channel and a rapidly growing syndicated radio show. Before beginning his political career, Huckabee served as a pastor for 12 years and became the youngest-ever president of the Arkansas Southern Baptist Convention. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007, where he was nationally recognized for his leadership. TimeMagazine hailed him as one of the five best governors in America. In 2008, Huckabee finished second to John McCain in the race for the GOP bid for presidency. His popularity in the race soared shortly after his November 2007 visit to Liberty. Huckabee last visited Liberty in 2009 when he spoke in Convocation.

Huckabee has authored nine books and is an avid musician, having performed at some of the largest venues in the country and at large political rallies, including a presidential inauguration and the Republican National Convention.

Students got a taste of Huckabee’s musical talents on Monday, as he plugged in his bass guitar and joined Liberty’s Campus Praise Band in a special performance of “Victory in Jesus.”

After his message on Monday, Huckabee aired a live broadcast of his radio show from the Williams Stadium tower.

As Huckabee addressed the Convocation crowd, he didn’t mince words, criticizing the direction society is headed and calling for believers to recognize their moral responsibility. He said it is easy to say “yes”, and often more enjoyable, but Christians also need to know when to be tough and say “no”. He reminded the audience of Biblical heroes Daniel, David, and Jeremiah, who were committed to going against the norm and didn’t settle for what was easy because they knew God was calling them to fight for what was right.

“Throughout history, God’s kingdom and its greatness always depended upon people saying ‘no’ to things that might sometimes even seem pretty harmless,” Huckabee said. “The reason in many ways that America and our world is in trouble is not because the ungodly people have said ‘yes’ to ungodly things, it is that godly people have failed to say ‘no’ to the ungodly things.”

He said taking a stand like this is not an easy path and challenged those willing to endure the criticism and adversity to be intellectually prepared to defend their beliefs. He shared his passion to defend the rights of all individuals and the life of every person, including the unborn.

All men are created equal … and they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, among these, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” Huckabee said, quoting America’s founding fathers. “One person is not better than another, one person is not less than another. That is a powerful recognition of the intrinsic worth and value of every human being.”

That, he said, is the essence of faith and freedom, and without it America would not exist. This country was built on the backs of men who strongly believed in this truth, that every person is uniquely created by God, holds value, and has the right to freedom.

Today that freedom is in jeopardy, Huckabee warned. He explained how companies like Chick-fil-A andHobby Lobby are under fire because their owners stand up for their beliefs, even though they are not popular.

“The day that we say ‘yes’ to a government that limits the dictates of our conscience, that puts a parameter on the realm of our faith, and tells us that we can believe up to a point but not over the line of what the government deems is acceptable, we have not just lost our country, we have lost our basic fundamental freedom,” Huckabee declared. “You must come to the place in your life where you are not just going to say ‘yes’ to a government that tells you that it will limit you to what you can believe and how you can believe.”



My Turn

I wanted to stand up and cheer when I read J. Lee Grady’s column about the dangers of dual covenant theology (Fire in My Bones, October). I have long been a Christian Zionist with a heart for Israel. Two years ago I fulfilled a lifelong dream to tour Israel and had an experience that made me very uncomfortable.

I thought I was with a unified tour group. But things turned strident when all members of the group were forbidden to pray in Jesus’ name. Then some Jewish people instructed us in their lectures to love Israel by praying for it and spending money. We were told not to cause strife by bringing up the name of Jesus.

I grew increasingly uncomfortable with the theology that was being promoted. They told us that God has a separate plan of salvation for the Jews, that none of the promises of Abraham’s descendents are for gentiles and that Jews don’t need Jesus for salvation if they return to the land of Israel.

I kept hoping that I was misunderstanding what this woman was teaching. But day after day, the teaching went on. I turned with satisfaction to your column, and I am glad that leadership in the body of Christ is calling attention to this error.
Dale Austin
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Keep the Flame Burning

As a licensed minister in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), I felt so proud and impressed while reading your anniversary tribute to our church (“The Flame Still Burns” by Louis F. Morgan, November). It featured our founder, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, church history and some of the great men and women of God He used to build the denomination. The research and writing were impeccable!
Colin Bailey
Dayton, Ohio

As a member of COGIC, I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the articles about our denomination’s history. We are indeed a blessed church and are happy for God’s continued blessings. It was beautifully and accurately written. And even though I’m a lifetime member, I learned some new information.
Anna Jane Millsaps
South Bend, Indiana

Thank you so much for such a wonderful tribute to COGIC’s 100th anniversary. I have always enjoyed Charisma, and this issue was very special because I am a COGIC member.
JoAnn Hunt
Waldorf, Maryland

The 2008 Presidential Race

It was ironic to read a magazine article about how we should not trust the media to steer us toward “correct” voting (“Don’t Let the Media Choose Our Next President” by James Robison, October). It was even more ironic that the author went on to eulogize Republican candidate Mike Huckabee.

I agree that we need to encourage people to engage their critical faculties, but what worries me is when we have to educate Christians to be wary of leaders manipulating the faith to suit their political agenda.

In a few hundred words Charisma managed to fall into both of these traps. Will you devote a few thousand words to open up the debate and allow readers to get a full picture of what it means to be a Christian who cares about politics?
Craig Borlase
Reading, England

I want to thank Stephen Strang for the great endorsement of Mike Huckabee (Final Word, August). It spurred me to learn more about this man. I am now an avid supporter. Please use your influence and resources to continue to motivate believers to get behind this fine Christian leader.
Sandra Click
Big Sandy, Texas

I agree that former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas is the candidate “who best represents Christian values and has the most experience to govern.” However, he has no money to run a presidential campaign. As Pat Robertson has noted, Huckabee cannot compete in states like California without money.

Are leaders such as Stephen Strang, James Robison and others able and willing to ignite Christians to fund Huckabee’s campaign? I certainly hope so.
Harriet Hope
Marietta, Georgia

I was shocked to read in Charisma that preacher Juanita Bynum plans to support Barack Hussein Obama for president. Yes, his middle name is Hussein. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Bynum had better get on her knees in prayer before casting a vote for this deceitful man.
F. Stocks
Big Spring, Texas

The Senate Financial Probe

It is very sad that six high-profile ministries are now under investigation by the Senate Finance Committee (Charisma Online, Nov. 9). When we lose our spiritual perspective and become blinded by inflated egos, we can easily fall into deception and be led astray.

We need to pray for these who are under investigation. If there were extravagant, unwise or selfish spending practices, I pray this will be exposed for the eternal good of our Lord’s kingdom.
G. Joyce Stark
Portland, Tennessee

Charisma is calling the church to hold ministers accountable for their excesses (Fire in My Bones online, Nov. 9), but you do nothing to hold any of these ministries accountable. They advertise their books and services in Charisma, and you continue to collect revenue.
Harry Olson
Duncanville, Texas

Sen. Charles Grassley’s financial investigation will help these ministers realize they are accountable. There needs to be reform and repentance. I believe the drought in Atlanta is directly related to this incident.
Donna Edwards
Marshall, Illinois

Immorality and deception have crept into the church. Many pastors are leaving their true calling so they can pursue the world’s rewards. Jesus called us to reprove, rebuke, exhort, love and nurture people in God’s Word. Thank you for reminding us what true ministry is about.
Wayne Guilliams
Covington, Kentucky

These ministers who are under investigation have really hurt the cause of Jesus Christ! My heart is broken because I know many young, gullible Christians who feel betrayed and confused.
Wayne Cooper
Pasadena, California


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