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November 19, 2008

Huckabee says neglected `value voters' are key to GOP future

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, often mentioned as someone who could shepherd the GOP out of the political wilderness, says Republicans neglected religious conservatives this year and need to maintain their support as the party regroups.

"They were welcomed to the family table two days a year, and that was the primary and Election Day," the former Arkansas governor said at a press conference Wednesday (Nov. 19). "I think there's a point of frustration and exasperation where people are saying. `You know what? If you don't want us, just say so.' "

Out with a new book, "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America," Huckabee spoke about the past and future of the Republican Party.

"There should not be the disconnect between value voters and those who consider themselves the fiscal conservatives," he said. "The truth is, most value voters are fiscal conservatives, but not all fiscal conservatives are value voters."

Huckabee said he has no immediate plans for a second White House run or for any other office and that the GOP would be "insane" if they tried to move away from issues like abortion or marriage that are key to religious conservatives.

"It's been an important part of our overall message, which is that traditional values still reach many people in this country," he said of the marriage issue. "And I think the sanctity of life issue is still an issue that draws people to the Republican Party who otherwise might not necessarily feel that much of a loyalty. It's not that it's the only
issue, but it's an issue that we have to be faithful to."

But Huckabee also was critical of conservative religious leaders including Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, Bob Jones University Chancellor Bob Jones III and former GOP presidential candidate Gary Bauer, who passed him over and endorsed other GOP candidates.

"I came to the conclusion that political expediency and pragmatism had supplanted prophetic principles among those who aspired to influence the process but unwittingly had become influenced by the process and, in fact, were held captive by it," Huckabee wrote.

Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, issued a statement Tuesday saying he was disappointed in Huckabee's book.

"It is unfortunate ... at a time when the GOP needs to close ranks and seek unity, that Governor Huckabee in his new book has aimed his fire at his fellow Republicans," Bauer said.

Huckabee said he expected his words would anger some readers.

"I'm telling the honest facts of the story," he said. "I don't think I'm unfair or unkind, but I'm honest."

Huckabee said he thinks former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has "a great future ahead of her" after rallying the Republican base, but he was noncommittal about his own political future.

"I'm not ruling anything out for the future but I'm not making any
specific plans to do something in the future politically," he said.

Comments

"Value Voters".

Are those the people that vote based on whether the president has any "2 for 1" or "Buy 1, get the 2nd for HALF OFF!" policies?

Ohhh... "Values Voters"! You just missed an "s"! Why didn't you say so. So you mean values like peace, justice for the poor, and equality for all God's children?

Oh... No? Maybe you mean values like respect for life and support for healthy family structures?

Oh, no, you don't broadly mean that either? All you mean is more anti-abortion policies and enshrining a definition of marriage in law? Well, I may agree with those things, but to me, my "values" means a little more.

Maybe the problem is, Mr. Huckabee, that "Values Voters" don't really see eye to eye with the GOP's taking advantage of their "value". (Hm. Maybe "value" was a Freudian slip. That would explain it, after all.)

"Value Voters".

Are those the people that vote based on whether the president has any "2 for 1" or "Buy 1, get the 2nd for HALF OFF!" policies?

Ohhh... "Values Voters"! You just missed an "s"! Why didn't you say so. So you mean values like peace, justice for the poor, and equality for all God's children?

Oh... No? Maybe you mean values like respect for life and support for healthy family structures?

Oh, no, you don't broadly mean that either? All you mean is more anti-abortion policies and enshrining a definition of marriage in law? Well, even if I might agree with those things, to me, my "values" have a little more to them, and a few more ramifications in the public sphere.

Maybe the problem is, Mr. Huckabee, that "Values Voters" don't really see eye to eye with the GOP's taking advantage of their "value". (Hm. Maybe "value" was a Freudian slip. That would explain it, after all.)

The last memorable thing the Huckster did was make a despicable joke before a white, gun-toting NRA group about Obama fearing assassination. Palin was no where near the disaster in the VP slot on the Republican ticket that Huckabee would have been.

Huckabee is so bigoted he can't even help himself. He is too stupid to realize that the only thing in his book anyone cares about is the few paragraphs on Romney. Huckabee can barely contain his jealously of everything Romney has: wealth, an education, intelligence . . . a family that weighs less than a 747. Huckabee is a painful reminder that overweight, inbred, redneck, fools still proliferate in the midwest, where they reduce the whole party.

I love Huckabee. He has a wonderful sense of dry humor, which many Christians lack. Even Joy Behar on The View likes him. Perhaps because Huckabee's real, kind, honest, and not vitriolic. He expresses his common sense views without anger or bashing others. I'm disappointed that Gary Bauer is unable to accept constructive criticism. I wondered myself why the Bauer Bunch passed over supporting Huckabee whose values are what conservative Christians support. Unity is not walking in lockstep or trying to control others. It's about respecting honest discussion and feedback.

Mr. Huckabee is a good man .. he will make a great president when he's elected. He has common sense and moral values that will build our country by building up our people. When people don't respect themselves, they don't respect the country and that's going to be the problem with the soon-coming anything-goes administration. Freedom has fences. Mike Huckabee defines those desperately needed fences and that's what freedom and liberty is all about. Two weeks after our new president was elected, Christians were driven out of a part of San Francisco. And it's just the beginning or worse things to come. Mike talks in well-defined, no-nonsence words. That's the kind of guy we need in the white house.

Republicans do not need to close ranks. They need to return to conservation, Christian values and hold each other accountable. That's Bibical. Bauer and others like him need to realize they are not the final authority. Christianity and conservattism are not mutually exclusive.

I agree that Gov. Huckabee is a good man, but limiting the discussion only to abortion and gay marriage is wrong! What would he do about the currant economic crisis that America is in? What would he do about the teenage single mother who has just had a baby and can't afford food and medical costs and any hope of getting some type of training after getting her high school diploma or GED? What would he do about national and international hunger and medical disasters like AIDS or malaria? There is a lot more going on in the nation and world than abortion and gay marriage!Thanks Doug Lass