by Anugrah Kumar
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who earlier said
he was praying about running for president in 2016, admitted Sunday that he is
interested in another bid. He also defended “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson,
who was suspended from the show for his remarks against homosexuality.
“It would be, frankly, dishonest to say no,” the 2008 Republican presidential candidate
told “Fox News Sunday” after being asked if he was considering another run.
Huckabee, a Fox News commentator, said there is a “50-50″ chance he will run,
adding his final decision would still come from the heart and that the GOP already has
“a strong stable of candidates” for 2016.
“It would be a decision of the heart,” he said.
Huckabee was also asked about A&E Networks’ indefinite suspension of Robertson for
sharing his views on homosexuality in the January issue of GQ.
“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it
so if you want to take a point of view that is traditional, that holds to steadfast, old
fashioned, biblical Christian values… then somehow you’re supposed to just shut up
and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said.
“There’s a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if
anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in
2008 when he… made it very clear that he opposed same-sex marriage and he said he
did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views,” he added.
Earlier this month, Huckabee met with a group of pastors and political leaders from the
early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, according to ABC.
Speaking to CBN on “The Brody File” show about two weeks ago, Huckabee said top
evangelical and financial figures who did not back him in 2008 now want him to make
“I’m not even close to being ready to saying yeah I’m going to run but I think that
there’s an openness now,” Huckabee told CBN. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that
I’ve had some incredible encouragement from people that I wasn’t expecting to get it
from. I think even from people who didn’t support me before…. These are people who
look me square in the eye and say it with conviction.”
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media NEW YORK—After some controversial remarks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elemetary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Mike Huckabee sought to clarify his remarks. He was not saying that the shooting would not have happened if state-sponsored prayer were allowed in public schools, but was noting the irony of asking “where is God?” after a tragedy, but not talking about God at other times.
“We ask why there’s violence in our school but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become such a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability,” Huckabee said on Fox News Saturday.
Later that night, Huckabee complained on his TV show, Fox News’ “Huckabee,” that liberals were accusing him of saying that the shooting would not have happened if the United States had prayer in schools. Arguing that he “said nothing of the sort,” Huckabee explained that he was talking about a broader cultural shift in which discussions about God, faith and morality are considered only appropriated in religious institutions, not the public square.
“It’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s that fact that people sue a city so we’re not confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas carol, and lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax funded abortion pills. We carefully and
intentionally stop saying things are ‘sinful’ and we call them ‘disorders.’
Sometimes we even say they are normal. And, to get to where we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then we are asked, well ‘where was God?’ And I respond that, as I see it, we’ve escorted Him right out of our culture and we’ve marched Him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without Him actually reflects what it has become,” Huckabee said.
After the tragedy, God did show up, Huckabee said, in the teachers who sacrificed themselves to save their students, the hugs and tears of family members, the policemen who risked their lives, in the Church vigils, and “in the White House, where the president invoked His name and quoted from His book.”
In the near future, after talk about the tragedy has subsided, Huckabee added, “we’ll probably ask God to excuse Himself from view and we’ll announce in our arrogant pride that we’re now enlightened and educated, and we’ve evolved beyond needing Him.”
by Napp Nazworth
Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — Although Ron Paul could win the Iowa caucus, he cannot win the nomination because his “fanatical believers” are not “mainstream America,” said former presidential candidate and media personality Mike Huckabee.
“Ron Paul is not going to get elected president. He’s not. His views on foreign policy are so much an anathema to the Republicans, much less the Democrats, and what I call ‘middle-of-the-road people,’” Huckabee said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“He has a very strong core of fanatical believers, but they do not represent the mainstream of America.”
In particular, Huckabee mentioned Texas Congressman Paul’s views on the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“You can’t go around saying, ‘yeah, it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.’ That’s beyond off-the-edge to think that it’s OK for the government of Iran to have nuclear devices. And [Paul] says, ‘well Pakistan has them and Israel has them and U.S. and Russia have them.’ The difference is they have them so they won’t use them. Iran wants to get one because they want to use it. There’s a big difference. It’s like he doesn’t get it.”
Paul has argued that continuing sanctions against Iran is only “promoting [Iran's] desire to have” nuclear weapons. “We don’t need another war,” Paul added emphatically.
In addition to Huckabee’s criticism of Paul, the Texas Congressman is catching blowback from both libs and conservatives because his racially charged newsletters. Huffington Post did a piece on him that did not help, so did conservative blog that dug up some dirt on Ron Paul in this article by HotAir.
With the Iowa caucus taking place on Jan. 3, Paul has to find a way to diffuse the negative press from both sides. Whether or not he can pull it off remains to be seen.
Newscast Media — Fox News talk show host and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee says he is still mulling over another run at the the 2012 presidency.
Huckabee would not rule out the possibility of another run for the White House on an interview with WHO radio in Des Moines, but added he would need evidence of a clear path to victory before jumping into the GOP race.
“I’m not ruling it out. And that’s not a yes, but it’s definitely not a no,” Huckabee told WHO’s Steve Deace.
“The honest answer is: I’m keeping it open as an option; I’m looking at whether or not there’s a pathway to victory,” he added. “As I’ve told several people, I’m not jumping into a pool when there’s no water in it.”
The former Arkansas Governor is also an ordained Baptist minister and author.