Mike Huckabee – on the issues.

A Voter’s guide…

1. With ten-and-a-half years of experience running state government, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has more relevant executive experience than any candidate in the race – either Republican or Democrat.

2. Recognized and tapped by his peers for leadership, the National Governor’s Association selected Governor Huckabee as it’s Chairman.

3. TIME Magazine honored him as one of the five best Governors in America.

4. Governor Huckabee is a fiscal conservative who cut taxes almost 100 times in the state of Arkansas, including the state’s first broad-based tax cuts, and turned a $200 million deficit into an $850 million surplus.

1. TAXES/ECONOMY –Governor Huckabee supports The FairTax because it will restore the “Made in America” label, making American goods 12-25% more competitive, boosting economic growth, increasing our exports, and securing American jobs. It also prevents criminals or illegal aliens from avoiding taxes, and makes the taxes we all pay 100% transparent.

2. GOVERNMENT SPENDING – Governor Huckabee is committed to reducing government spending. One way he’ll do this is by reducing the cost of welfare. Governor Huckabee will work with states to reduce welfare roles through programs like the one he implemented in Arkansas, which reduced welfare roles by 50%.

3. HEALTH CARE –Governor Huckabee will implement a consumer-based healthcare system that emphasizes preventative medicine and wellness. Because 70% of our $2 trillion dollar healthcare costs is spent treating chronic, preventable diseases, this approach will make healthcare more affordable for everybody while keeping us healthier.

4. FAMILY VALUES –Governor Huckabee supports a federal constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. He Successfully fought for Arknasas’ marriage amendment and strongly supports a similar, federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

5. IMMIGRATION –Governor Huckabee will secure the border (with physical barriers, electronic surveillance, and more border-patrol personnel and detention facilities). He will also end sanctuary cities and increase penalties on, and enforcement against, employers who hire illegal immigrants. Governor Huckabee will make sure the border patrol has adequate funding to end our “catch and release” system so that everyone caught trying to enter illegally, overstaying their visa, or committing a crime will be held until they’re tried, convicted, and deported. Gov. Huckabee has also signed the Numbers USA “No Amnesty” Pledge.

6. WAR ON TERROR AND IRAQ – Governor Huckabee knows it takes a large, well-equipped military to ensure our national defense and to deter conventional military confrontations. He also knows we need large, well-equipped intelligence and Special Forces operations for our national offense – so we can effectively find and eliminate terrorist threats at home or abroad. Governor Huckabee will be a Commander in Chief who knows that IF WE HAVE TO FIGHT A WAR, our President has to fight it the way our GENERALS tell him it can be won, not the way we want it to be won.

7. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE –Governor Huckabee will implement a program to end the import of foreign oil in the next ten years by increasing domestic oil production in the short term, and then replacing oil-based energy infrastructure with alternative and renewable energies.

8. CLEMENCIES – Arkansas Governors grant clemency, but the parole board grants parole. Wayne DuMond’s parole was granted by the board and NOT Governor Huckabee.

9. TAXES –When Governor Huckabee left office, the tax rates remained exactly the same as when he first came into office. Governor Huckabee returned almost $400 million to Arkansas taxpayers, and he also DOUBLED the standard deduction for individuals and married couples, DOUBLED the childcare tax credit, and eliminated the marriage penalty. He also repealed capital gains taxes for home sales, lowered the capital gains rate by 25%, expanded the homestead exemption, and set up tax-free savings accounts for medical care and college tuition.  Gov. Huckabee has also signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s pledge not to raise taxes.

• Lifetime member of the NRA, member for over 15 years
• First Governor to have concealed-carry permit
• Removed restrictions on carry permit holders
• Protected gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits
• Opposes reauthorization of the Assault Weapon Ban
• Opposes expansion of the unconstitutional “Brady Bill”
• Opposes waiting period for purchase of firearms
• Opposes background checks on private firearms transactions at gun shows
• Will nominate judges who interpret the constitution as the Founders intended, rather than as a “living document reflecting current political trends or opinions”
• An avid hunter and conservationist, and a member of the Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation and BASS.


News Release: Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee Signs “No Amnesty” Pledge

Well… where are all the other so called “tough on immigration” candidates??
Tigerville, SC – While visiting North Greenville University today, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee became the first presidential candidate to sign a “no amnesty” pledge. He was joined at the event by Roy Beck, President of Americans for Better Immigration.

“I think it’s important to be very clear,” said Huckabee. “There should be no doubt about my Secure America Plan: our plan is not an amnesty or a sanctuary city plan but a proper plan for the rule of law. We will secure our borders and build the fence within 18 months.”

Following is the pledge signed:

“I pledge to oppose amnesty or any other special path to citizenship for the millions of foreign nationals unlawfully present in the United States . As President, I will fully implement enforcement measures that, over time, will lead to the attrition of our illegal immigrant population. I also pledge to make security of our borders a top priority of my administration.”

Mitt – think Mike is soft on immigration? Obviously you’re WRONG: Jim Gilchrist Endorses Mike Huckabee

LITTLE ROCK, AR – In Iowa today, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee received a major endorsement from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project.

Huckabee said he was honored to receive the endorsement. “No one can question Jim’s commitment to this country and the immigration problem. He has mobilized a group of volunteers to go to the border and draw attention to the issue of immigration. All of us want a policy where people come to this country through the front door, not the back door,” said Huckabee during a morning news conference.

Gilchrist added, “Governor Huckabee actually wrote a plan that I can embrace. I found his ‘Secure America’ plan would open the dialogue and help begin the process of solving the illegal immigration problem.”

Gilchrist, who founded the Minuteman Project in 2004, said he appreciated Huckabee’s plan to secure America ’s borders.

Last week, Huckabee unveiled “The Secure America Plan: A Nine-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border Security.” Huckabee said he believes in adopting the best policy ideas to provide a “tough, equitable and comprehensive approach” to dealing with the current immigration crisis.

Huckabee said his goal is to implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.

A 30-second television ad, called “Secure Borders,” began airing in Iowa Monday to educate voters about Huckabee’s call for a new immigration strategy, which begins with securing America ‘s borders.

Here’s Mike Huckabee’s official announcement

Hillary Clinton on Immigration – will the real Hillary please stand up?

My prior posting (see it here – On the Issues: Hillary Clinton on immigration)

paints a different Hillary – aaah, likely the one she wants the country to think is really her. My question is – WHY HAS SHE NOT BEEN QUESTIONED ON THIS ONE??

So incase you missed it, which you likely did, you can read the real Hillary on immigration here, and read about the real Hillary at gop.com

Hillary’s San Francisco Treat

Hillary’s National Co-Chair Signs Legislation Giving Benefits To Illegal Immigrants

As Hillary Travels To California, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor And Sen. Clinton’s National Co-Chair, Signs Plan To Issue IDs To Illegal Immigrants:

“San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Signed Legislation Wednesday Requiring The City To Issue Identification Cards To Illegal Immigrants And Other Residents Who Can’t Or Won’t Apply For Driver’s Licenses.” (“San Fran OKs ID Card for Immigrants,” The Associated Press, 11/29/07)

  • Mayor Newsom’s Spokesman, Nathan Ballard: “The Mayor Strongly Believes That This Identification Card Should Be Extended To All San Franciscans, Regardless Of Their Immigration Status …” (Wyatt Buchanan, “Supervisor Ammiano Drafting Legislation For ID Card For Illegals,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/7/07)
  • Newsom: “I Don’t Think It’s That Big Of A Deal …” (“San Fran OKs ID Card for Immigrants,” The Associated Press, 11/29/07)

Newsom Is Hillary’s National Co-Chair. “The Clinton Campaign announced the endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom … Mayor Newsom … join[s] the campaign as a National Co-Chair.” (Hillary Clinton For President, “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Endorses Hillary Clinton: Newsom Named A National Co-Chair Of Clinton Campaign,” Press Release, 8/10/07)

Hillary Will Be In California Today. (“Hillary Rodham Clinton,” The Washington Post‘s “Campaign Tracker,” www.washingtonpost.com, Accessed 11/29/07)

Illegal Immigrants “Will Benefit Most,” According To The Author Of The Legislation:

“Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Who Introduced The Measure, Says Illegal Immigrants Will Benefit Most. They Will Be Able To Open Bank Accounts And Use The Card For City Services Such As Checking Out Library Books.” (Emily Bazar, “San Francisco Approves ID Cards That Exclude Gender,” USA TODAY, 11/21/07)

  • “The Supervisors Directed The City Clerk To Start Issuing The ID Cards Within Nine Months.” (Lisa Leff, “SF To Issue ID Cards To Immigrants,” The Associated Press, 11/14/07)

Newsom Is Picking Up Where Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) Left Off — Just Last Month, Sen. Clinton Said Spitzer’s Driver’s License Plan, Made “A Lot Of Sense”:

“[A]s Spitzer Began Spreading The News That He Was Dropping His Case, Over In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom Was Helping To Pass Very Similar Legislation.” (“Gavin Newsom, Taking Over Where Spitzer Left Off,” New York Magazine‘s “Daily Intelligencer” Blog, www.nymag.com, 11/14/07)

“Gov. Eliot Spitzer Formally Announced … That He Would Abandon His Plan To Give Driver’s Licenses To Illegal Immigrants …” (Nicholas Confessore, “Spitzer Drops Bid To Offer Licenses More Widely,” The New York Times, 11/14/07)

  • Hillary First Admitted Spitzer’s Driver’s License Proposal Made “A Lot Of Sense.” Hillary: “You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays gotcha. It [Spitzer’s plan] makes a lot of sense.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07)
  • Then, Only Two Weeks After Her Initial Response, Hillary Responded “No” To The Same Proposal. “CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “[D]o you support drivers licenses for illegal immigrants? … Senator Clinton?” Hillary: “No.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, CNN Democrat Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 11/15/07)

Sen. Clinton Blames Federal Government For Failing On Immigration Reform — But Won’t Commit To Passing It, And Fails To Mention It On Campaign Trail:

“Clinton Said Governors Around The Nation Are Left With The Burden Because She Said The Bush Administration And The Federal Government As A Whole Have Failed To Bring About Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” (Chris Welch, “Clinton ‘Broadly Supports States’ Efforts To License Illegals,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” Blog, politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com, 8/05/07)

But “Mrs. Clinton Did Not Commit To Passing Immigration Reform In Her First Term …” (Christina Bellantoni, “Hillary Touts Bill To Unite Illegals’ Kin,” The Washington Times, 10/4/07)

Hillary Failed To Address Immigration Reform Issue In 35-Minute Campaign Speech. “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told potential caucusgoers … that immigration reform begins with border security, broaching the issue only after she was questioned about it by an audience member.” (Abby Simons, “Clinton Questioned On Immigration Reform In Perry,” The Des Moines Register, 11/25/07)

  • An Audience Member “Posed The Question [About Immigration Reform] … And Was Somewhat Surprised It Wasn’t Brought Up In Clinton’s 35-Minute Speech That Ran The Gamut From Global Warming To Health Care.” (Abby Simons, “Clinton Questioned On Immigration Reform In Perry,” The Des Moines Register, 11/25/07)


Secure Borders: New commercial airing Monday 12/10

A Better America: New commercial airing Monday 12/10

Huckabee Says He’d Seal Mexican Border

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee says he’d seal the Mexican border, hire more agents to patrol it and make illegal immigrants go home before they could apply to return to this country.

“It’s tough, but I also think it’s fair, giving people 120 days to go back and then start the process all over,” the former Arkansas governor said Friday. “People will say, ‘Well, how will they go back?’ Well, they got here. They’ll figure out the same way they got here to go back.”

Read it here