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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

Scott Walker: Primary Challenges Could Cripple GOP Bid to Take Senate.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is considered a potential GOP candidate for president in 2016, said Republicans need to concentrate on defeating Democrats and capturing the Senate in 2014, not attacking fellow Republicans.

Walker made his remarks during a Saturday radio appearance on the The Mike Huckabee Show.

In introducing Walker, Huckabee lauded him as a conservative who doesn’t “tear down” other Republicans.

Walker noted that his new book “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and A Nation’s Challenge” acknowledges Americans’ widespread frustration with the size and expansiveness of the federal government.

He said Republicans were able to implement “big bold reforms” in several Midwestern states including Wisconsin because they won governorships as well as legislatures enabling them to put a GOP “team in place.”

The situation in Washington was vastly different despite the efforts of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to push “true reform.” That’s because the Senate is controlled by the Democrats “and we still, unfortunately, for the next few years have a Democrat president,” the Wisconsin governor said.

Republican energies should be targeted, said Walker, “not on fighting Republicans” in House or Senate primaries but on overcoming Democrats in states like Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Alaska.

This year’s November elections offer a real chance to win the Senate and determine the future of the country, he told Huckabee’s audience.

“We need to elect Republicans to those spots,” said Walker.

None of the Republicans’ achievements at the state level— Michigan’s right to work laws, for example— could have been accomplished had Republicans not pulled together and won both the governorship and the legislature.

“We were able to put a team into place” because of the support of the Republican establishment, grass roots activists and the tea party, who were united on the objective of putting “power back in the hands of the people.”

Without Republican unity “we would have had tremendous difficulties if not an outright barrier to that kind of reform,” said Walker.

“The real answer is to not to go out and attack Republicans who try to push reform in the House or to try to defeat them in primaries. It’s to go out and win those winnable elections for the United States Senate,” he said.

“Then, after that, if a year from now, Republicans hold the United States Senate and they hold the House, if at that point we can’t get things done, then I think its legitimate to hold people in our own party accountable,” Walker said.

Walker said 2014 is “that all-important year. We get the Senate back. Then, two years later, we elect a Republican president. And it’s not just about winning elections at that point, it’s about truly reforming the federal government, reining in the debt, reining in the deficit.”

With Republicans in-charge on Capitol Hill and at the White House, “putting the power back in the hands of the American people” is “something we can do.”

But, only, said Walker, if Republicans don’t meanwhile “splinter off” in “many different directions.”

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By Elliot Jager

Huckabee: Gaza Pullout Doesn’t Tarnish Sharon Reputation.


Former Arkansas governor, Republican presidential candidate and popular syndicated radio host Mike Huckabee said that the reputation of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at the age of 85, will not be tarnished even though in 2005 he “ordered Israeli citizens to leave Gaza and eventually forced them out of their homes in communities like Gush Katif.”

Commenting on the death of the Israeli war hero and politician, Huckabee noted that “the sincerity of his intentions in giving up lands with the hopes of peace” did not lead to a more friendly Gaza. The area is today controlled by the Islamist Hamas Palestinian faction.

But Huckabee recalled Sharon’s leading role in creating major settlements in Judea and Samaria in the 1990s.

Huckabee, who has not ruled out a possible bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, lauded Sharon as a major figure in modern Israeli history.

“He was a celebrated person as well as immensely powerful military figure, leading troops in all of Israel’s major conflicts including the War for Independence, the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War,” he said.

Sharon’s life was “a living sacrifice for the nation of Israel that he loved and served” and he will be remembered “as one of Israel’s mightiest and most effective warrior and leaders,” said Huckabee, who is a regular visitor to the Jewish state.

Sharon’s life was “a living sacrifice for the nation of Israel that he loved and served. Our prayers go out to his family,” Huckabee concluded.

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By Elliot Jager

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

Cracker Barrel Replaces ‘Duck Dynasty’ Items After Public Outrage.


 

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Cracker Barrel has apologized for removing ‘Duck Dynasty‘-related items from its shelves and is putting everything back. (Eli Christman/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Cracker Barrel has apologized for removing Duck Dynasty-related items from its shelves and is putting everything back.

“Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done,” Cracker Barrel said in a statement posted on its Facebook page Sunday morning. “You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings.

“You flat out told us we were wrong. We listened. Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores. And, we apologize for offending you.”

The restaurant chain began pulling Duck Dynasty-related items after Robertson family patriarch Phil Robertson made controversial statements in GQ magazine about homosexuality.

“We continue to offer Duck Commander products in our stores,” the company said in a statement Friday. “We removed selected products which we were concerned might offend some of our guests while we evaluate the situation.”

After A&E indefinitely suspended Phil Robertson from the show, Cracker Barrel instructed workers to remove all merchandise that featured him. The Facebook post with the statement was inundated with nearly 33,000 comments from angry customers.

Included in the chorus of people who disagreed with their decision was Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.

“Cracker Barrel must be off their rocker,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “For Cracker Barrel to take the bait of an organization like GLAAD, which has led the attack on Phil Robertson, they are betraying the values of the vast majority of their customers.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also took offense.

“I have no respect for a company that bows to the slightest pressure from the politically correct,” he wrote on Facebook.

Cracker Barrel’s Sunday statement concluded, “We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different. We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.”

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Dick Morris: Boehner Eats His Young With Attacks on Conservatives.


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House Speaker John Boehner would not be House Speaker John Boehner if it were not for the tea party and the other conservative groups he now criticizes. He says that they “lack all credibility” and accuses them of “using our members [Congressmen] and the American people for their own goals.”

Asked about the criticism leveled at the budget deal by conservative groups, he said “Are you kidding me? I don’t care what they do.”

His comments immediately drew admiring praise from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who said his comments were “a breath of fresh air.”

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Has the world turned upside down? If it were not for these groups — the Tea Party Patriots, Heritage Action for America or others — the Republicans would have lost the elections of 2010 and he never would have been Speaker.

The grass- and cyber-roots enthusiasm of these conservative groups animate the Republican Party in the same way that groups like Occupy Wall Street and Moveon.org provide a shot in the arm for their party.

Without their hard work, outreach, enthusiasm and donations, the Republican Party would never have won in 2010 and won’t win in the future. And House Speaker John Boehner better realize it. If he doesn’t, perhaps his members will and will reacquaint him with reality.

Without the tea party, the Republican Party would be an inarticulate, me-too party without ideas or energy.

The Republican Party has always represented a fusion of two broad groups: those who are driven by ideology and those who grew up in geographic areas that are traditionally Republican and joined the party because it was the obvious way to enter politics.

Call them the Nixon Republicans, these folks live in suburbs or small towns and represent the equivalent of the urban big city machines that spawn and nurture Democrats.

But this party could not get elected. It would not have defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980 or elected Ronald Reagan. It would not have been the vehicle for the Gingrich Revolution of 1994, nor would it have taken the House in 2010.

It required a Reagan, a Newt Gingrich, a Ted Cruz, a Paul Ryan, a Mike Huckabee, or the like to animate it, fill it with ideas and carry it to victory.

For Boehner to cast aside these party enthusiasts and conservative workhorses is shortsighted and ungrateful in the extreme.

The tea party types are amateurs. They are small businesspeople, retired military, doctors and so forth that are professionals in their occupations but amateurs in politics. We need to be patient with their learning curve. They learned a lesson in October when the government shutdown backfired. And they won’t make that mistake again. Indeed, their basic acceptance of the Ryan-Murray deal indicates precisely that growth of perspective and maturity.

In this light, the Speaker’s comments are outrageous and cast real doubt on his ability to lead the House in the future.

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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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Gravis Poll: Huckabee Tops SC’s GOP Presidential Field.


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By Cathy Burke

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leads the field of potential Republican presidential candidates in early-voting South CarolinaThe Hill reported Monday.

In a poll from Gravis Marketing, Huckabee, host of Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee,” received 18 percent, ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who had 17 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was third with 14 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who had 13 percent.

No other candidate reached double digits in the survey, The Hill reported. The Gravis Marketing poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Huckabee, who finished a strong second in South Carolina’s 2008 primary, hasn’t ruled out a 2016 presidential bid, and appeared to take a step closer with his planned headliner speaking engagement later this week at a meeting of conservative pastors.

Some polls in Iowa, which he won in 2008, have found him to be a strong potential candidate there.

Hell be in Little Rock, Ark., on Thursday and Friday for the Arkansas Renewal Project, part of evangelical organizer David Lane’s American Renewal Project. Huckabee had the support of pastors in his 2008 fight against eventual winner Sen. John McCain.

Pastors from Iowa and South Carolina — two key political states early in the GOP primary season — will be meeting with Huckabee during the convention to urge him to run, the Des Moines Register has reported.

The purpose is to let Gov. Huckabee know there are people that would like to see him run for president again,” Randy Davis, an evangelical Christian from Ottumwa, Iowa, who caucused for Newt Gingrich in 2012, told the Register.

“It seems like Gov. Huckabee has this uncanny ability to communicate the conservative message without being obstinate or polarizing,” Davis 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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