Mike Huckabee on 2016 bid: ‘I’m moving in that direction’

26 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Huck Hits Up ‘Bubble-ville,’ NYC, Before ‘BubbaVille’.

Asked on “Meet the Press” if he was an active candidate, Huckabee reiterated he’d make an official announcement in the spring. “It’s pretty evident that I’m moving in that direction,” Huckabee said of a presidential run.Mike Huckabee will head to Iowa on Saturday to speak at a gathering of grassroots social conservatives at a 2016 kick-off event hosted by a virulently anti-immigrant congressman. A decision is expected this summer, and Jindal said shoud the Justices side with same-sex marriage advocates, he would support a legislative effort to override that ruling. “I certainly support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making an amendment — a constitutional amendment — to allow states to continue to define marriage,” he said in an interview with ABC.

On Friday afternoon, Huckabee hawked his new book, Guns, God, Grits and Gravy to a few dozen people huddled in an auditorium off Madison Avenue in Manhattan at a private club that charges a $50,000 initiation fee and a $15,000 in dues thereafter. In the book, he details the difference between “BubbaVille,” which is the great mass of the country, and “Bubble-ville,” which consists of the few dozen or so people gathered at the Core Club to hear Huckabee’s pitch. Most work under the table for cash (remember, pal, employers of illegals are also breaking the law) and many steal Social Security numbers and report the income fraudulently. But the former Arkansas governor, who recently stepped away from his perch as weekend host on Fox News to explore a run for president, presented himself as someone with a bit of a foot in both worlds—the Arkansas of his youth (even if he has now parlayed his small screen success into a beach front home in Florida) and the big city where he would fly to shoot his show. “I don’t think I could live in New York unless the mayor would let me duck hunt in Central Park,” he said. “Which I never got a permit to do.” “It is imperative that we stop fighting among ourselves because if you have suicide bombers who are willing to blow themselves up inside their own tent, then a lot of your own soldiers are going to get blown up too,” Huckabee said, urging his fellow Republicans to stop calling each other “RINOs”—or Republicans in Name Only. Huckabee struck a moderate note on immigration reform, arguing that children brought to the U.S. without documentation by their parents should be given an opportunity for legal status.

Doing so, he said, means “I have now just assumed the position that I get to establish the standard of orthodoxy for Republicans, that I singularly am able to determine what it is that a Republican really ought to be. To make matters worse, too many of these invaders are hauling in welfare, disability for “not speaking English,” food stamps, boxes of free food at the food banks, free meals at our schools and free medical care.

But Huckabee said he would still roll back President Obama’s 2012 executive order giving legal status to undocumented children if elected, because he believes the president overstepped his legal authority. “There’s a process, the constitution doesn’t allow the chief executive to just make up laws,” Huckabee said. The big insult is the millions in costs to taxpayers for the free deliveries of their “anchor babies” that are putting hospitals in such dire straits and loading the system that Americans can’t avail themselves of. 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.” When he met New Yorkers milling around the lobby waiting to hear him talk, Huckabee, in his honeydew Arkansas accent, apologized for the coldness of his hands when he shook theirs.

K.T McFarland, the Fox News commentator, introduced her former co-worker by describing him as the nicest guy in the building, the one who everybody from the security guards to “the big boss who decides whether you get the job, Roger Ailes, who also calls Mike Huckabee a friend.” But when he was asked about Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, who had a “secret meeting” on Thursday that Huckabee sneered “was so secret it was on the cover of New York Times.” “They both have strong credentials. I am of the opinion that our present immigration laws work just fine with some adjustment to “so-called reforms during the Clinton era.” Those that say the Republican leadership shot down immigration reform to get at President Obama are not correct. And to those of you who would have a stroke about this,” he said, just remember the Dred Scott decision, which declared that blacks would never be citizens of the United States. “There are many credible scientists, and I am not just talking about commentators on Fox News,” he said. “Science is never settled. What the House accomplished in this most recent round was denying the liberal Democratic lawyers that largely make up the legal segment of the immigration field the ability to gain a windfall profit from the immigration issue. The Republicans in Congress figure the best way to maintain control in Congress is to make sure Democratic attorneys have no areas where they can obtain windfall profits and pick up votes from sympathetic voters.

As a retired educator of 22 years, I encouraged every student to do their best and go to college; denying that opportunity to some is mean-spirited and does not reflect our Judeo-Christian values. If Dan Patrick has his way, he will repeal HB1403, which allows high school graduates who attend a Texas school and lived in the state at least three years prior to graduating to get in-state tuition, regardless of their immigration status. Texas will be the loser if their parents decide to take all their children, citizen and undocumented, and leave Texas for a state that is more welcoming for their children.

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