Mike Huckabee – on the issues.

A Voter’s guide…

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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.

ISSUES
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.

10. SECOND AMENDMENT
• 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.

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Conservative Choice Magazine – Huckabee: The New Face of Conservatism?

Interesting article.

CLICK HERE to read the article posted on my New Jersey blog.

Florida Pastor Bryan Longworth: Huckabee Can Win if Christians Show Up at the Polls

Florida Pastor Bryan Longworth says that Mike Huckabee Can Win the Nomination if Christians Show Up at the Polls and Vote their Values

Contact: Pastor Bryan Longworth, 772-380-2111

 

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida, Jan. 28 /Christian Newswire/ — Florida Pastor Bryan Longworth says that Mike Huckabee Can Win the Nomination if Christians Show Up at the Polls and Vote their Values. Christians make up the largest voting block in America, and when they show up and vote their values, conservatives win. Longworth says that Mike Huckabee is the only conservative among the frontrunners. If Christians support Huckabee, Huckabee can carry Florida and win the Republican nomination.

 

“Huckabee is the only front runner who showed up at the Value Voters 2008 Presidential Debate and who will champion the Federal Human Life and Marriage Amendments. It is time that Values Voters get serious about defending life and the institution of marriage. We have shed the blood of over 50,000,000 preborn children through abortion, and now face the undermining of traditional marriage that threatens the family, the most basic institution that upholds a society. Enough is enough. Values voters must vote for candidates that will defend life and the family. Mike Huckabee is the only frontrunner who will fight for these issues,” Longworth argues.

 

Longworth laments, “For far too long, Christians stood idly and allowed our nation to slip into moral depravity. We stood by while creationism was replaced with Darwinism. We stood by while the Bible, prayer, and the Ten Commandments were removed from schools. We stood by while men, women, and children engaged in vile sexual perversion. We stood by while over 50,000,000 preborn children have been slaughtered by abortion. We stood by while Gov. Romney allowed homosexual marriage in Massachusetts. We stood by while the Ten Commandments were removed from public places. Edmond Burke said, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ We will stand by no longer. It is time for the church to stop playing church, and start being the church!”

 

Pastor Bryan Longworth is the associate pastor of Covenant Tabernacle World Outreach Center* in Port St. Lucie, FL. Longworth’s recent sermon entitled “The Importance of Voting” can be heard Sunday, January 27 from 9:30-10:00 on 1590 AM WPSL and on his church’s website. Values Voter Guides are available at FLVotesValues.com.

 

Longworth recently recorded a PSA informing values voters of the debate viewing, a copy of which can be heard at his church’s website.

Lest we forget: Huckabee is second to Romney in delegates at 40. McCain has 36…

In Atlanta, Huckabee Courts the South

Targeting the South and Midwest in advance of the 21-state Feb. 5 GOP primary day, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee called for a constitutional amendment banning abortion at a rally on the steps of the Capitol here, saying simply overturing Roe v. Wade would not be enough.

“This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue,” he told more than 300 people on this cold, rainy day. The event was put on by Georgia Right to Life, a antiabortion rights group whose political action committee has endorsed Huckabee, even though the National Right to Life backed former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson. “There cannot be a geographical distinction when it comes down to something that is either right or wrong. Abraham Lincoln said over 100 years ago that if slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. And, ladies and gentlemen, let us say it, today it is wrong to take the life of an unborn child.”

On the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that invalidated abortion bans, the former governor repeated his support for ending abortion through a constitutional amendment, a position that divides his top rivals for the GOP nomination. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney also backs it, but Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani do not.

Huckabee’s trip here indicates a shift in strategy. While he plans to spend the weekend in Florida competing against his rivals for the GOP nomination, campaign chairman Ed Rollins said Huckabee will also make more stops in Georgia and potentially other Southern states even before Jan. 29, when Florida votes. While his rivals duke it out in Florida, Huckabee’s campaign hopes he can become the Southern candidate in the race on Feb. 5, capturing wins on that mega-primary day in Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama, along with his home state of Arkansas and neighboring Missouri. Rollins said the campaign would not run ads on broadcast television in Florida, but might instead air them in the other states.

“This is a four-way race,” he emphasized when asked if Huckabee still had a chance at the nomination.

For Huckabee, the Georgia stop came as his campaign looked for ways to stay in the GOP nomination contest following defeat in South Carolina, where it had focused much of its time and resources. After his surprising win in Iowa, Huckabee lost the next three contested primaries, and has shown little ability to expand his support beyond a core of conservative evangelical Christians who have backed him.

With a decreasing number of reporters covering him, Huckabee, who has courted the press aggressively throughout his run to make up for his lack of money to pay for television commercials, decided to stop arranging transportation for the reporters following him (news organizations pay back the campaign for trips on buses and planes). Rollins said the campaign would spend time in Florida, even though they did not expect to win, just to remain in the storyline about the race.

Especially now that Thompson has left the race, Huckabee aides feel their candidate has a special appeal to the South in a field where Romney and Giuliani hail from the Northeast and McCain comes from the West. On the other hand, the winner from Florida will have momentum going into Feb. 5, and, if McCain is that winner, he could sweep the Southern states; even if McCain is upended in Florida, his emphasis on security issues could help him win in states like Georgia as he did in South Carolina.

“We’re in a good position,” Huckabee told reporters, noting he is second to Romney in delegates in the GOP race. Romney has 59, Huckabee 40, McCain 36 — mainly because Huckabee’s Iowa win brought more delegates than McCain’s wins in South Carolina and New Hampshire.

To win, Huckabee will need to find ways to appeal to voters that go beyond shared views on faith and social issues. In his final campaign days in the Palmetto State, Huckabee emphasized his Southern roots and sought to use the kind of message of change that Romney adopted following Iowa.

But in his stop in Atlanta, Huckabee’s audience was primarily composed of the social conservatives who have powered his bid, although he gave a nod to a group of religious voters who largely haven’t backed him: Catholics.

“I want to say thanks to our brothers and sisters particularly in the Catholic Church, who were way ahead of some of us who are Baptists and other evangelicals, whose voices were louder and clearer and sooner,” Huckabee said to applause. “And I thank them for the leadership that they have given to the voice of the pro-life movement across the world.”

Huckabee Adopts New Southern State Strategy as Funds Get Tight

Mike Huckabee discussed a new southern state strategy Tuesday, one that would forgo the winner-take-all state of Florida and instead focus on Super Tuesday Feb. 5’s Southern and Midwestern states where more religious conservatives live and are likely to support Huckabee.

But the former Arkansas governor and winner of the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses said he’s not giving up on Florida altogether.

“Right now our plan is to play ball in Florida. We think we can play here. Obviously, every single day is a new day in the campaign, especially when its as fluid as it is,” he told reporters flying with him. “We just have to look at dynamics every day because it’s a winner-take-all state. We want to do well here, but somebody gets it all. I mean there are more delegates in Georgia than in Florida.”

Huckabee said that he is still competitive in Florida, a state where he polled well even when he didn’t have any operation there — no staff, no field workers, no television or radio ads.

But as Huckabee seeks to stay competitive, his campaign is recalibrating and scaling back, including dropping its traveling press corps, which means no longer coordinating and scheduling planes and buses for media covering the candidate. The media organizations pay for the seats, food and travel but campaigns can lose money if media outlets decide to pull back on coverage.

“Were cutting are expenses as much as possible,” Huckabee said, noting 50 empty seats on the plane where he was speaking. “We’ll put a leaner team together and save every bit as much money as we can.”

The campaign is also paring down staff to stretch the dollars out as much as possible. Huckabee Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman, told FOX News that Charmaine Yoest, a senior adviser, has left the campaign completely.

“Most people are staying on,” but a few have departed, campaign chairman Ed Rollins said in an Associated Press interview. “A number of people, including myself,” have agreed to forgo their pay in order to spend as much as possible on television ads in vital states, Rollins said.

However, Saltsman said “plenty of money” is coming in, including $100,000 in new funds raised Tuesday in in Georgia. He said the campaign has more than enough to make it through the Feb. 5 states, and has always been run frugally.Saltsman said Yoest was a great staffer but as a mother of five, she felt the campaign could not afford her, and they came to a mutual, amicable agreement around her departure.

One Huckabee rivals, Rudy Giuliani, has also acknowledged that senior campaign workers are forgoing their January paychecks in hopes of saving money for use other than salaries.

FOX News’ Serafin Gomez contributed to this report.