Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mike Huckabee - Position on Issues

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Principles & Values

Mike Huckabee on Abortion
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  • No states rights for moral issues like abortion. (Nov 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Led Arkansas to human life amendment in state constitution. (Sep 2007)
  • Consensus impossible: pro-choice world fundamentally differs. (Jun 2007)
  • Hate abortion but allow it is like hate slavery but allow it. (May 2007)
  • Certainly good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell research creates life to end a life. (May 2007)
  • Pro-life includes improving life after birth. (Jan 2007)
  • Outlaw all abortions; err on the side of life. (Jan 2007)
  • Pro-life and pro-death penalty, & sees them as far different. (Jan 2007)
  • Even Americans who are pro-choice are pro-life. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminate public funding for abortion organizations. (Nov 2002)
  • Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation. (Jan 2001)
  • Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law. (Jan 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Budget & Economy
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  • Do things differently so people need not sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS. (Nov 2007)
  • Rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget. (Sep 2007)
  • Created state surplus in AR; cut spending to do same for US. (Sep 2007)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights
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  • It's arrogant for GOP to ignore Hispanics or any group. (Dec 2007)
  • Racial profiling based on speaking with accent is unAmerican. (Dec 2007)
  • Got 48% of black vote in AR; embarrassed at national GOP. (Sep 2007)
  • Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes. (Jun 2007)
  • Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards. (Jun 2007)
  • Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions. (Jan 2007)
  • USA has gone from Barney Fife to Barney Frank. (Jan 2007)
  • Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas. (Dec 2006)
  • No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education. (Mar 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Corporations
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  • Wal-Mart is case study in genius of American marketplace. (Jan 2007)
  • Consumerism is addictive but tranquility is immaterial. (Oct 2000)
Mike Huckabee on Crime
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  • Nonsense of Three-Strikes makes system overrun with people. (Sep 2007)
  • Death penalty is necessary part of criminal justice system. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes "hate crimes" legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Prosecute all illegal adult pornography. (Sep 2007)
  • People naturally selfish; only God or punishment prevent it. (Jun 2007)
  • Defends death penalty biblically as well as politically. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports death penalty, but only reluctantly. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminating parole gives no incentive for rehabilitation. (Jan 2007)
  • Three Strikes based more on revenge than restoration. (Jan 2007)
  • Commuted death penalty sentence due to problems at trial. (Jan 2007)
  • Build more prisons, and privatize their management. (Nov 2002)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them. (Aug 1999)
Mike Huckabee on Drugs
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  • More drug courts & rehab, instead of incarceration. (Sep 2007)
  • Drug education fails; drug punishment works. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts for non-violent drug offendors. (Jan 2007)
  • Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes. (Nov 2002)
  • Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration. (Jan 2001)
  • Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Mike Huckabee on Education
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  • FactCheck: AR improved test scores, but still below-average. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on what's good for students, not good for school. (Dec 2007)
  • Weapons of Mass Instruction: more science AND more arts. (Dec 2007)
  • Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • I'm running for president, not writing science curriculum. (Jun 2007)
  • Ending school prayer was one step in society's moral decay. (Jun 2007)
  • SmartStart: early character-based education. (Jun 2007)
  • Does not believe in evolution. (May 2007)
  • Sends his kids to public school; says other officials should. (Jan 2007)
  • Reformed AR education with Smart Start & Next Step. (Jan 2007)
  • Incorporate character education into school curriculum. (Jan 2007)
  • Authorize & advance more charter schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Replace entire school board for failing schools. (Jan 2007)
  • Supported creation of Arkansas charter schools. (Dec 2006)
  • Raise teacher salaries; hire more teachers. (Nov 2002)
  • Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools. (Nov 2002)
  • First priority: Raise teacher salaries. (Jan 2001)
  • SmartStart focuses on high standards and accountability. (Oct 2000)
Mike Huckabee on Energy & Oil
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  • Comprehensive plan for energy independence within ten years. (Jan 2008)
  • Energy independence: let Saudis keep their oil & their sand. (Nov 2007)
  • Ethanol & biofuels are part of future energy. (Oct 2007)
  • Kyoto was a mistake, but "Earth in the Balance" is not. (Jan 2007)
  • Shouldn't limit oil production while increasing consumption. (Jan 2007)
  • Explore ways to harness nuclear power. (Jan 2007)
  • Promote alternative fuel technology. (Nov 2002)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Environment
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  • Follow Boy Scout rule: leave earth better than we found it. (May 2007)
  • Supported conserving Buffalo River in north AR against dams. (Jan 2007)
  • Conservatives believe in conservation. (Jan 2007)
  • The earth is the Lord's; we are merely its caretakers. (Jan 2007)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Families & Children
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  • Marriage relationship between one man, one woman, for life. (Sep 2007)
  • High divorce rate fails at presenting role model. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports convenant marriage; adopted it in Arkansas. (Sep 2007)
  • Teach kids immovable standards of right & wrong. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports “covenant marriage”. (Jan 2001)
  • Purpose of marriage is loving relationship, not happiness. (Oct 2000)
  • Sensuality-saturated society trades love for lust. (Oct 2000)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Foreign Policy
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  • Law of the Sea Treaty surrenders our sovereignty. (Jan 2008)
  • Change tone of Bush's arrogant bunker mentality. (Jan 2008)
  • Protect US sovereignty, but earn respect abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Hugo Chavez was not elected as dictator; no friend of US. (Dec 2007)
  • Demand accountability from Pakistan for our $10B. (Nov 2007)
  • Earned right to act on actionable intelligence in Pakistan. (Nov 2007)
  • Israel should not give up West Bank or Golan Heights. (Nov 2007)
  • Not yet ready for two-state solution for Israel & Palestine. (Nov 2007)
  • It's not OK in Pakistan; bin Laden is hiding there. (Oct 2007)
  • Law of the Sea Treaty gives away our sovereignty. (Oct 2007)
  • Genocide in Darfur matched by infanticide of the unborn. (Sep 2007)
  • We answer to our Constitution, not to international law. (Sep 2007)
  • Don't pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Monitor the eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
  • Not the job of the US to export our form of government. (Aug 2007)
  • Support Israel as strategic ally, but respect Palestine. (Jan 2007)
Mike Huckabee on Free Trade
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  • A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself. (Dec 2007)
  • We need fair trade because we're losing jobs. (Oct 2007)
  • This country can never yield its sovereignty for any reason. (Sep 2007)
  • Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • Marketplace pushes innovation to top & prices to bottom. (Jan 2007)
  • Farm subsidies ok because Europe & Asia do same. (Jan 2007)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Government Reform
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  • Allow DC residents to vote on getting Representatives. (Sep 2007)
  • Require photo ID for voting, to avoid fraud. (Sep 2007)
  • Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles. (Sep 2007)
  • Attacking others' integrity reflects people's own immorality. (Jun 2007)
  • Govern by "Regnat Populus," AR's motto "The People Rule". (Jun 2007)
  • Honor the Tenth Amendment & strengthen the states. (May 2007)
  • Supprts term limits for state legislators. (Nov 2002)
  • Limit campaign contributions, but no public funding. (Nov 2002)
  • Not more government, but more efficient government. (Jan 2001)
  • Disclose political gifts, but don't prohibit them. (Oct 2000)
  • Negative campaigning works with some voters but not with God. (Oct 2000)
  • Decide based on next generation, not next election. (Oct 2000)
  • Term limits counter election skewed laws toward incumbents. (Nov 1992)
  • Change House terms to 4 years, to avoid constant campaigning. (Nov 1992)
  • Won't vote for pay raise for myself as member of Congress. (Nov 1992)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Gun Control
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  • Second Amendmen is about freedom, not about hunting. (Aug 2007)
  • Owns firearms; enjoys hunting; supports 2nd amendment. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports self-defense and `castle doctrine'. (Jan 2006)
  • Allow concealed carry. (Nov 2002)
Mike Huckabee on Health Care
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  • Called for isolating AIDS carriers in 1992, not quarantine. (Dec 2007)
  • 1/3 self-insured; 1/3 don't want it; 1/3 can't afford it. (Dec 2007)
  • Crisis from waiting until people are catastrophically ill. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: 2/3 of uninsured can't afford insurace, not 1/3. (Dec 2007)
  • We don't have a healthcare system; it's a healthcare maze. (Oct 2007)
  • Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP. (Oct 2007)
  • Portable medical records that YOU own, not your doctor. (Sep 2007)
  • System is upside down; focuses on intervention after illness. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)
  • Give Americans Congress' healthcare, or give Congress ours. (Aug 2007)
  • Dems want government in charge; GOP want consumers in charge. (Jun 2007)
  • ARKids: Prevention less expensive than sick children. (Jun 2007)
  • Focus on health & prevention, not just disease treatment. (Jan 2007)
  • STOP the culture of chronic disease via self-discipline. (Jan 2007)
  • Guaranteed medical care not government's responsibility. (Nov 2002)
  • ARKids First program: record decreases in uninsured. (Jan 2001)
  • Designed ARKids for preventive healthcare for kids. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports consumer-driven "medical IRA" with tax-free money. (Nov 1992)
  • No additional AIDS spending; cancer & vascular victims first. (Nov 1992)
  • Ban smoking in all public places. (Nov 1992)
  • Isolate carriers of this plague of AIDS. (Nov 1992)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Mike Huckabee on Homeland Security
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  • Support moderate modern evil over Al-Qaeda's medieval evil. (Jan 2008)
  • Fight terrorism by increasing spending on armed forces & CIA. (Jan 2008)
  • Torture is unproductive, and should not be US policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Kick rear ends if documents destroyed to protect rear ends. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes waterboarding; close Guantanamo as a bad symbol. (Dec 2007)
  • Raise enlistment rates with Veterans' Bill of Rights. (Sep 2007)
  • No student visas to citizens of terrorist states. (Sep 2007)
  • Guantanamo prisoners are treated very well. (Jun 2007)
  • Better to make mistakes at Guantanamo to protect Americans. (Jun 2007)
  • Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life. (May 2007)
  • Guard & Reserve did their duty; it's beginning to wear. (Jan 2007)
  • Strength is more effective deterrent to war than weakness. (Jan 2007)
Mike Huckabee on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: Yes, supported scholarships for AR illegal aliens. (Dec 2007)
  • Pathway to citizenship must start at back of line, out of US. (Dec 2007)
  • Send illegals home so all in US can hold their heads high. (Dec 2007)
  • Make legal immigration quick, or outsource it if we can't. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: AR college bill accepted illegals after 3 years. (Nov 2007)
  • Punish people who break the law; but not their children. (Nov 2007)
  • Focus on demand: penalize employers of illegal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Some anti-immigration advocates are based on racism. (Sep 2007)
  • People are angry at government for failing to track illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Problems with McCain-Kennedy: credibility; secrecy; spending. (Jun 2007)
  • Allow in professionals as legal immigrants, but seal border. (Jun 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Path to citizenship if illegals admit guilt & pay fine. (Jan 2007)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Jobs
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  • Unions more prominent to fight high CEO salaries. (Oct 2007)
  • Blacks still face racism & unequal opportunity in job market. (Sep 2007)
  • No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports farm subsidies & fully-funded crop insurance. (Sep 2007)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values
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  • Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith. (Dec 2007)
  • I'm a conservative, but I'm not mean about it. (Nov 2007)
  • The social conservative's candidate for president. (Oct 2007)
  • Even if GOP loses elections, we should no lose our honor. (Sep 2007)
  • N.H. strategy: stick with convictions & straight answers. (Aug 2007)
  • Not thinking about Vice Presidency despite heavy speculation. (Aug 2007)
  • Never forget that ordinary citizens are the President's boss. (Aug 2007)
  • Valuing life is the country's most pressing moral issue. (Jun 2007)
  • Character IS the issue; we DO legislate morality. (Jun 2007)
  • Our culture of life separates us from Islamic fascists. (May 2007)
  • America needs optimistic leadership to revive national soul. (Jan 2007)
  • George W. Bush has done a magnificent job. (Jan 2007)
  • Vertical lift-up politics rather than horizontal left-right. (Jan 2007)
  • Finished Little Rock marathon in 4:38 after 3 years training. (Jan 2007)
  • Thermometer leaders just read room; thermostats adjusts room. (Jan 2007)
  • Live beyond your lifetime by planting seeds in others. (Oct 2000)
  • Positive thinking works, if based on positive principles. (Oct 2000)
  • GOP lost 2006 election because they failed to do their job. (Jun 2007)

    Faith & Religion

  • Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office. (Nov 2007)
  • I believe the Bible is the word of revelation. (Nov 2007)
  • Plenty of choices for candidates who don't believe in God. (Jun 2007)
  • One worldview will prevail: God-centered or human-centered. (Jun 2007)
  • Pastors & politicians have same skill set in common. (Jun 2007)
  • Ten Commandments are basis for appropriate behavior. (Jun 2007)
  • A "grace Christian": dislikes "law Christians" AND liberals. (Jun 2007)
  • My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me. (May 2007)
  • We are a nation of faith, and we are stewards of God's world. (Jan 2007)
  • Ordained Baptist minister; I make no apology for my faith. (Jan 2007)
  • People of faith feel responsible for God's world. (Jan 2007)
  • 10 Commandments: principles to live by, not just pop culture. (Oct 2000)
  • The spiritual side of our lives really does matter. (Oct 2000)
  • Faith gives us a focus for the future. (Oct 2000)

    Personal Background

  • Defining mistake: neglecting his health for decades. (Aug 2007)
  • Took office amid felony investigation of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. (Jun 2007)
  • Plays bass guitar in rock band "Capitol Offense". (Jan 2007)
  • Published four books; completed Little Rock marathon in 4:38. (Dec 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Social Security
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  • Personalization of retirement funds, not privatization. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future. (Sep 2007)
  • Replace payroll tax & fund Social Security with FairTax. (Sep 2007)
  • No Congressional pensions; give them same deal as citizens. (Nov 1992)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal funding of Social Services Block Grants. (Sep 1999)
Mike Huckabee on Tax Reform
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  • FactCheck: FairTax would not eliminate IRS; just change role. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax is 23%; Bush's study missed prebate & other aspects. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export. (Oct 2007)
  • FairTax eliminates all taxes on productivity & saving. (Sep 2007)
  • Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code. (Aug 2007)
  • Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul. (Aug 2007)
  • FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement. (May 2007)
  • Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax. (May 2007)
  • First governor in Arkansas history to ever lower taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Wouldn't propose new taxes, but won't pledge against taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Raised Arkansas taxes 5 times, but lowered taxes 94 times. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports national flat tax to keep up with globalization. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminated AR marriage penalty & capital gains on home sales. (Jan 2007)
  • Illustrated hypocrisy with "Tax Me More Fund". (Jan 2007)
  • Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls. (Jan 2001)
  • No tax increase under any circumstances. (Nov 1992)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Technology
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  • We modernized Arkansas & made state accessible online. (Nov 2007)
  • Air tech is Jetsons but air traffic control is Flintstones. (Oct 2007)
  • No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable. (Sep 2007)
  • Apply broadcast indecency rules to cable networks. (Sep 2007)
  • Spend on our infrastructure instead of other countries'. (Aug 2007)
  • Cars' navigation systems are better than air traffic control. (Aug 2007)
  • TV is like fire; pols must use it even though it can burn. (Jun 2007)
  • More bible; less blogs; more music; less network TV. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports Internet sales tax. (Nov 2002)
  • Arkansas becoming a leader in e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes public electronic voting; wouldn't focus on issues. (Nov 1992)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on War & Peace
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  • Iraq War: we invaded an imaginary country based on poor info. (Jan 2008)
  • Know your enemy: jihadists would destroy civilization. (Jan 2008)
  • Supports Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force. (Jan 2008)
  • Re-establish diplomatic ties to Iran, so we can move forward. (Jan 2008)
  • Go after al Qaeda's safe havens in Pakistan. (Jan 2008)
  • Stay in Iraq because we're winning; we lose if we walk away. (Dec 2007)
  • Train & arm Kurds to prevent cross-border PKK incursions. (Oct 2007)
  • Attack Iran's nukes even if Congress says no. (Oct 2007)
  • Many don't comprehend the threat: they want our obliteration. (Sep 2007)
  • We bought Iraq because we broke it; responsibility to honor. (Sep 2007)
  • We made Saudis rich; pressure them to help win with honor. (Aug 2007)
  • Iraqi government disappointing, but we can't up & pull out. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist that Iraq's neighbors assist military & financially. (Jun 2007)
  • We needed 300,000 troops to win Iraq; must finish the job. (May 2007)
  • Don't judge Iraq war while we're in the middle of the war. (May 2007)
  • Iraq war has made us overlook domestic agenda. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposing Bush's troop surge is a dangerous position. (Jan 2007)
  • Make sure we finish the job in Iraq and finish it right. (Jan 2007)
  • Strength is more effective deterrent to war than weakness. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Mike Huckabee on Welfare & Poverty
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  • First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers. (Dec 2006)
  • Maintain TANF block grants. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No states rights for moral issues like abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion: Opposes topic 1
Led Arkansas to human life amendment in state constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life includes improving life after birth: Opposes topic 1
Outlaw all abortions; err on the side of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Even Americans who are pro-choice are pro-life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Eliminate public funding for abortion organizations: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes "hate crimes" legislation: Opposes topic 3
Marriage relationship between one man, one woman, for life: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Opposes topic 3
Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus: Favors topic 4
No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable: Favors topic 4
Ending school prayer was one step in society's moral decay: Strongly Favors topic 4
Teach kids immovable standards of right & wrong: Strongly Favors topic 4
Incorporate character education into school curriculum: Strongly Favors topic 4
Support displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports “covenant marriage”: Favors topic 4
10 Commandments: principles to live by, not just pop culture: Strongly Favors topic 4
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 points on Social scale)
Death penalty is necessary part of criminal justice system: Favors topic 8
Defends death penalty biblically as well as politically: Strongly Favors topic 8
Pro-life and pro-death penalty, & sees them as far different: Favors topic 8
Supports death penalty, but only reluctantly: Favors topic 8
Commuted death penalty sentence due to problems at trial: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Nonsense of Three-Strikes makes system overrun with people: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminating parole gives no incentive for rehabilitation: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Three Strikes based more on revenge than restoration: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Build more prisons, and privatize their management: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Tougher juvenile crime penalties; but let states set them: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Second Amendmen is about freedom, not about hunting: Strongly Favors topic 10
Owns firearms; enjoys hunting; supports 2nd amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports self-defense and `castle doctrine': Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow concealed carry: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Dems want government in charge; GOP want consumers in charge: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Focus on health & prevention, not just disease treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
STOP the culture of chronic disease via self-discipline: Favors topic 5
Guaranteed medical care not government's responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ARKids First program: record decreases in uninsured: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Personalization of retirement funds, not privatization: Favors topic 6
Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal funding of Social Services Block Grants: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Sends his kids to public school; says other officials should: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Reformed AR education with Smart Start & Next Step: Opposes topic 7
Authorize & advance more charter schools: Favors topic 7
Replace entire school board for failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supported creation of Arkansas charter schools: Favors topic 7
Raise teacher salaries; hire more teachers: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Kyoto was a mistake, but "Earth in the Balance" is not: Opposes topic 18
Shouldn't limit oil production while increasing consumption: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore ways to harness nuclear power: Opposes topic 18
Promote alternative fuel technology: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Neutral on topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+2 points on Social scale)
More drug courts & rehab, instead of incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug education fails; drug punishment works: Strongly Favors topic 19
Supports drug courts for non-violent drug offendors: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes: Strongly Favors topic 19
Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles: Favors topic 20
First Amendment never intended to shut out voices of faith: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports Charitable Choice for funding faith-based providers: Strongly Favors topic 20
More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education: Favors topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance: Neutral on topic 20
Supports TANF grants to states: Favors topic 20
Opposes topic 11:
Repeal tax cuts on wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups: Favors topic 11
FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
First governor in Arkansas history to ever lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Wouldn't propose new taxes, but won't pledge against taxes: Favors topic 11
Supports national flat tax to keep up with globalization: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminated AR marriage penalty & capital gains on home sales: Strongly Favors topic 11
Illustrated hypocrisy with "Tax Me More Fund": Strongly Favors topic 11
Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls: Favors topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pathway to citizenship must start at back of line, out of US: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Send illegals home so all in US can hold their heads high: Opposes topic 12
Some anti-immigration advocates are based on racism: Strongly Favors topic 12
People are angry at government for failing to track illegals: Opposes topic 12
Problems with McCain-Kennedy: credibility; secrecy; spending: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Path to citizenship if illegals admit guilt & pay fine: Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself: Opposes topic 13
We need fair trade because we're losing jobs: Opposes topic 13
Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians: Opposes topic 13
China trade contingent on human rights & product safety: Opposes topic 13
No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico: Opposes topic 13
Marketplace pushes innovation to top & prices to bottom: Strongly Favors topic 13
Farm subsidies ok because Europe & Asia do same: Opposes topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fight terrorism by increasing spending on armed forces & CIA: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strength is more effective deterrent to war than weakness: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Limit campaign contributions, but no public funding: Favors topic 16
Disclose political gifts, but don't prohibit them: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Better to make mistakes at Guantanamo to protect Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strength is more effective deterrent to war than weakness: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-5 points on Social scale)
Many don't comprehend the threat: they want our obliteration: Opposes topic 17
We made Saudis rich; pressure them to help win with honor: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Don't judge Iraq war while we're in the middle of the war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq war has made us overlook domestic agenda: Favors topic 17
Opposing Bush's troop surge is a dangerous position: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Make sure we finish the job in Iraq and finish it right: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17

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