Mike Huckabee on Abortion
Mike Huckabee says abortion should be decided by the states in 2006, “I think Roe v. Wade is based on a real stretch of Constitutional application -- that somehow there is a greater privacy issue in the abortion concern -- than there is a human life issue -- and that the federal government should be making that decision as opposed to states making that decision. So, I've never felt that it was a legitimate manner in which to address this and, first of all, it should be left to the states, the 10th Amendment, but secondly, to somehow believe that the taking of an innocent, unborn human life is about privacy and not about that unborn life is ludicrous.”
Mike Huckabee rejects the idea that states should decide abortion in 2007, “If morality is the point here, and if it's right or wrong, not just a political question, then you can't have 50 different versions of what's right and what's wrong. For those of us for whom this is a moral question, you can't simply have 50 different versions of what's right."
Huckabee on Isolating HIV carriers
Mike Huckabee said in 1992, “If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.... It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents."
Mike Huckabee in 2007 on his comments in 1992, “Chris, I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.”
Huckabee On National Taxation
Mike Huckabee adopted the National Governors Association policy in 2000 “The nation’s Governors oppose a national sales or transactional value-added tax. Such taxes would intrude into a tax area that has traditionally been reserved for and relied on by state and local governments. If enacted, either of these taxes would seriously threaten the ability of state and local governments to maintain their tax base.”
Mike Huckabee wanted a flat tax in 2002, “During the 2000 presidential race, Steve Forbes advocated simplification of the tax code and the implementation of a flat tax. While far from perfect, moving toward a tax that is both flatter and fairer is a goal we should adopt.”
Mike Huckabee in 2007 not decides he wants a national sales tax, “Voters want somebody who talks about true tax reform like the fair tax. They embrace that idea in New Hampshire when I talk about it--a complete just gutting of this incredibly complex and arcane tax code we have and replace it with a simple consumption tax that really elevates our economy, gives it a fresh start.”
Huckabee on AIDS funding
Mike Huckabee said in 1992, “At the present time, the per capita federal spending on AIDS is $15,450. That compares with $285 spent per capita on cancer victims, $33 per capita spent for victims of heart and vascular diseases, and $25 per capita spent on victims of diabetes. In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional Federal spending can be justified.”
Mike Huckabee says in 2007, “I support the current Administration’s proposal to double our initial commitment from $15 billion to $30 billion over the next five years for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).”
Huckabee on Cuba
Mike Huckabee wrote in 2002 argued that the Cuban embargo "continues to harm our own agricultural and business interests here at home and has certainly not helped the people of Cuba."
Mike Huckabee said in 2007, “As president, I commit that we would veto any legislation that would lift the embargo that is currently in place, because we must keep that pressure on.”
Huckabee on School Vouchers
Mike Huckabee said in 2005 that he didn't support school vouchers because, “If the state were to give you a voucher, then in essence the state would be funding a faith school and would have some control over that faith school. That's problematic for me as a person of faith."
Mike Huckabee said in 2007, “While I think vouchers has some tremendous potential, I also believe in charter schools. I think parents ought to make home school an option. More than saying about vouchers, here`s what we ought to say. Empower mothers and fathers to make these education decisions. Give them a stake in it. Ultimately moms and dads, not governments, ought to decide what`s best for their children.”
Huckabee on his degree
Mike Huckabee said in 2007 “I'm as strong on terror as anybody. In fact I think I'm stronger than most people because I truly understand the nature of the war that we are in with Islam-o-fascism. These are people that want to kill us. It's a theocratic war. And I don't know if anybody fully understands that. I'm the only guy on that stage with a theology degree. I think I understand it really well."
Mike Hucakabee responded when challenged on his degree, “I have a bachelor of arts in religion and a minor in communications in my undergraduate work. And then I have 46 hours on a master's degree at Southwestern Theology Seminary. So, my degree as a theological degree is at the college level and then 46 hours toward a masters -- three years of study of New Testament Greek, and then the rest of it, all in Seminary was theological studies, but my degree was actually in religion."
Huckabee on Guantanamo
Mike Huckabee favored keeping Guantanamo open in early 2007, “It's more symbolic than it is a substantive issue, because people perceive of mistreatment when, in fact, there are extraordinary means being taken to make sure these detainees are being given, really, every consideration. But I'll tell you, if we let somebody out and it turns out that they come and fly an airliner into one of our skyscrapers, we're going to be asking, how come we didn't stop them? We had them detained. I can tell you, most of our prisoners would love to be in a facility more like Guantanamo and less like the state prisons that people are in the United States. If we’re going to make a mistake right now, let’s make it on the side of protecting the American people.”
Mike Huckabee in late 2007 wants to close Guantanmo, “I’ve been to Guantanamo, I was there, I guess it’s been about a year and a half ago. I think the problem with Guantanamo is not in that its facilities are inadequate. It’s the symbol that it represents. It’s clearly become a symbol to the rest of the world as a place that has become problematic for us as a nation. I was quite frankly impressed with the quality of the facilities and even the attention to care that was given to the detainees, but that aside, it doesn’t alter that Guantanamo to the rest of the world is a symbol that is not in our best interests to continue pursuing.”