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Mike Huckabee: Libertarianism Is Not Republicanism.

There is a strong libertarian presence in the Republican Party, which was reflected at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but libertarianism is not conservatism, says former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“CPAC is becoming increasingly libertarian over the past few years, and we saw that this year,” Huckabee told Dick Morris, J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum on Monday.

“Libertarians have a very valid point of view, and increasingly we’re seeing a libertarian influence for the Republican Party. But pure libertarianism is not Republicanism,” he added. “They’re welcome in the Republican Party, but don’t act as if somehow libertarianism is a purer form of being Republican.”

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The Arkansas Republican said, however, that he doesn’t put all the blame for Republican losses on Libertarian Party candidates taking votes from GOP candidates

“If 10 percent more of the social conservatives had voted in the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would be president today,” Huckabee said. “They stayed home, in larger numbers, in part because they didn’t feel like there was a message that really connected to them.”

Huckabee said that the solution for Republican candidates is not to stay away from social issues, because “by doing so, you almost ensure defeat.”

The former presidential candidate added that “a real conservative embodies the whole spectrum of conservatism, which is not only fiscal conservatism [but also] the idea that we need less government and the government we have ought to be more effective and more local.”

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By Courtney Coren

Santorum, Huckabee Resist GOP Call for Compromise on Social Issues.

The Christian right within the Republican Party is fighting back at suggestions that their positions on social issues were to blame for losses in last November’s elections.

And leading members of the GOP’s evangelical wing are making it clear that they believe that if they were to change their stances the party would go the way of the dodo bird.

“Look, the Republican Party isn’t going to change,” former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told Politico. “If we do change, we’ll be the Whig Party. We’re not the Libertarian Party, we’re the Republican Party.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee cites a drop in enthusiasm following George W. Bush’s wins in 2004 and 2008 as proof moderate candidates aren’t the party’s savior.

“The last two presidential elections, we had more moderate candidates, so if anything, a lot of conservatives went to the polls reluctantly or just didn’t go at all,” he said. “If the evangelicals had showed up, it might have made a difference.”

While many argue that Republicans’ recent losses were due to a lack of enthusiasm among young voters, women and minorities who were turned off the party’s stance on issues such as gay marriage and abortion, some, including Santorum, argue the party would have been better to focus on the very issues that the establishment wants to avoid.

Social conservatives such as Gary Bauer, who ran for president in 2000, call many of those pushing for change on social issues “elites,” saying that changing positions on marriage will simply cause many of the GOP base to stay home on election day. Moderates respond that the stance is much like liberals of the 1980s who believed the reason they failed to win was solely because the faithful stayed home.

But former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, who came out as gay in 2010 and is leading the party’s push to embrace same-sex marriage, believes the answer lies in embracing a wider view of marriage and becoming more welcoming to immigrants. He says both perfectly illustrate the evolution of traditional values.

“No smart political party, no successful company, says let’s just be satisfied with yesterday’s customers. They say how do we anticipate the needs of tomorrow’s customers consistent with who we are,” he said.

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By Cyrus Afzali

Ron Paul: Nomination is out of reach, but campaign continues.

Ron Paul (Cliff Owen/AP)

Ron Paul is not suspending his presidential campaign. That’s the message his staff pushed Tuesday following the candidate’s declaration that he won’t spend any additional funds to campaign in new states.

But campaign manager Jesse Benton clearly stated that the hopes of Paul winning the Republican presidential nomination are officially over.

“We recognize that Gov. [Mitt] Romney has what is very likely to be an insurmountable delegate lead,” Benton told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “And we acknowledge that we’re very, very unlikely to be able to block that nomination.”

The campaign followed a delegate strategy that would have put it in a “good position” to influence the outcome, should there be a brokered convention, said Benton. But “unfortunately, other candidates were not able to maintain their strength.”

Other than Paul and Romney, every major Republican running for president has suspended his campaign, given Romney’s strong delegate lead. Romney currently claims 973 delegates, according to the Associated Press, and he needs 1,144 total delegates to seal the nomination. Paul has 104 delegates and has won a majority of delegates in just one state thus far: Maine.

But winning the nomination is not the campaign’s goal, Benton stressed. Rather, amassing delegates and influencing the nominating process continues to be the focus.

“We still have very, very strong things that we can accomplish by continuing this campaign,” Benton said.

Paul will continue to lobby for speaking roles at state conventions and other events, and will continue to actively campaign (all without spending more money). The next stop is Minnesota, where the campaign believes it can win a majority of support at this weekend’s state convention. Benton mentioned Washington, Missouri, Louisiana and Iowa as other states where he believes Paul can end up with a majority of support.

The campaign says it will be able to count on “several hundred more” delegates bound to Romney at this summer’s national convention—noting that those delegates are obliged only for the first round of voting.

But Benton stressed repeatedly that the campaign will be emphasizing “decorum and respect” among Paul’s delegates, noting that “our supporters are going to get an excessive amount of blame for problems that arise in heated moments at conventions.”

The campaign has been in talks with Romney’s team regarding party platform, but an endorsement of Romney is not guaranteed, said Benton. “I would never say never,”he said, but added, “I do not believe that that is likely.” He sharply ruled out a Paul endorsement for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. There’s “no chance of that.”

Expect Paul to continue promoting a platform of government transparency, federal accountability, monetary reform, prohibitions on definite detention and Internet freedom, said Benton.


By Rachel Rose Hartman | The Ticket 

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