Huckabee Defends His Breaks from Conservative Orthodoxy

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Huckabee Nods to Presidential Run.

He spoke on a range of issues from immigration policy to Common Core education standards. “When you become an active candidate, then you file the FEC papers.

Notably, the Arkansas Republican walked a fine line — and indicated a split with other conservative 2016 hopefuls — when asked about immigration policy concerning so-called DREAMers, undocumented Americans who were brought to the United States as children by their parents. Still, Huckabee stressed his belief that President Obama’s 2012 executive action was unconstitutional and suggested he would roll it back if he were elected president. Huckabee also addressed criticism that he has flip-flopped on Common Core, a set of education standards that he once defended but to which he is now firmly opposed. Common Core has become one of the most politically potent issues among 2016 hopefuls thus far, leading education activists and political strategists to accuse Huckabee of shifting his position for political reasons. “I’m absolutely against what Common Core has come to stand for, but it’s totally different than what it was intended to be,” Huckabee said, defending his change of heart. “The original intent, which was conceived out of the Achieve movement from the mid-90s that a number of governors — most of them, in fact, Republicans — put forth to keep state standards, not letting the federal government get in control.”

Huckabee said such students should be given a shot at college, comparing it to charging a child in the back seat for their parents speeding. “Should he be able to qualify for the same scholarships as everyone else did? Ted Cruz (R., Texas) in supporting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman if the Supreme Court rules later this year that all states must recognize gay marriage. “Judges can’t make law.

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