Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights
Republican AR Governor
A: Well, I think the great risk is not so much that we would come. The far greater risk is if we didnít. And itís not just that we would offend or perhaps insult the Hispanic audience of this country. I think it would insult our own party. It would insult every voter in this country. To act like that somehow weíve become so arrogant that thereís any segment of our population that weíre either afraid to speak to, hear their questions, or somehow that we donít think that theyíre as important as another group. And itís why I think whether itís an African American audience, a Hispanic audience, a union audience, as Republicans, we ought to be more than willing to sit down, even with people with whom we might know there are disagreements. And I think, frankly, itís important for us to be here. Itís important that you gave us this opportunity. And I want to say thanks for letting us have this audience on Univision.
A: Well, I was governor of the state that is the second fastest growing state for Hispanics in the country, and we faced that. Quite frankly, when we fix the situation and make the border secure and people are here legally, a lot of the sentiment goes away. But itís a terrible thing when a person who is here legally, but who may speak with an accent, is racially profiled by members of the public, and people assume that they may be illegal. It is in everybodyís best interest--and most of all in the best interest of the legal immigrants--that we fix this problem, so nobody questions the legitimacy of their being here, which often happens, unfairly, unnecessarily and, frankly, in a completely un-American manner.
A: Well, I want to be president of the United States, not just president of the Republican Party. Frankly, Iím embarrassed. Iím embarrassed for our party and Iím embarrassed for those who did not come, because thereís long been a divide in this country, and it doesnít get better when we donít show up. Quite frankly, for a lot of people, thereís a perception that Black Americans donít vote for Republicans. I proved that wrong in Arkansas, with 48% of African Americans voting for me. But I want to make sure that the people of this country recognize that weíve come a long way, but we have a long way to go. And we donít get there if we donít sit down and work through issues that are still very deep in this country, when it comes to racial divide. Iím honored to be here. I wish all of the candidates had come.
PAUL: I think the current policy is a decent policy. If there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if thereís heterosexual sexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isnít the issue of homosexuality.
HUCKABEE: Itís already covered by the Uniform Code of Military Conduct. I think thatís what Congressman Paul was saying. Itís about conduct, itís not about attitude. You donít punish people for their attitudes. You punish them if their behavior creates a problem.
Q: So you wouldnít change existing policy.?
HUCKABEE: I donít think that I would. I think itís already covered by the existing policy that we do have, in fact.
Everything you do and believe is directed by your answer to the ultimate question: Is there a God? It all comes down to that single issue. If there is a God, then everything moves one way. If there isnít, it moves another.
By refusing to define character using fixed standards, we lose our reference point., we lose our ability to navigate, and, therefore, we drift. Who is right and who is wrong? Who knows?
A: Unfortunately, so much of this argument has been framed about what the same-sex couple wants. But the real question needs to be child-focused, not couple-focused. And thatís true whether the couple is same-sex or whether theyíre heterosexual. In our state, as in most, the criteria for adoption is always whatís in the best interest of the child.
Q: So is it in the best interest of the child to have gay parents?
A: Iím not sure that we have a positive answer to that. And until we absolutely could say it, then Iím always hesitant to change those institutions.
Q: Do you believe that youíre born gay or you choose to be gay?
A: I donít honestly know. But the point is, people are who they want to be, and we should respect them for that. But when they want to change the institutions thatíve governed our society for all the years of recorded human history, then thatís a serious change of culture that we donít just make readily or hurriedly.
A: It was a matter of a rhetorical device to talk about the different cultural shift that we have, and it wasnít any particular attempt to be derisive of him. But there has been a huge cultural shift in this country.
Q: Some would suggest by including Barney Frank in that reference you are tearing a gay man down. Youíre against gay marriage, youíre against gay civil unions. Do you have a problem with gay people?
A: No. I have a problem with changing institutions that have served us. Before we change the definition of marriage to mean something different, I think our real focus ought to be on trying to strengthen heterosexual marriages because half of them are ending in divorce.
Q: Should Arkansas restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?
Q: College and university admissions
Q: Public employment
Q: State contracting
Everything you do and believe in is directed by your answer to the ultimate question: Is there a God?
As you prepare the budget resolution for the coming fiscal year, the nationís Governors urge Congress to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). When the law, formerly known as the Education of the Handicapped Act, was passed in 1975, full funding was defined as 40 percent of the costs. Currently, the federal governmentís contribution amounts to only 13 percent, and states are funding the balance to assist school districts in providing special education and related services. Although Governors strongly support providing the necessary services and support to help all students succeed, the costs associated with implementing IDEA are placing an increased burden on states.
We are currently reallocating existing state funds from other programs or committing new funds to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a ďfree and appropriate public education.Ē In some cases, we are taking funds from existing education programs to pay for the costs of educating our students with disabilities because we believe that all students deserve an equal opportunity to learn. Therefore, Governors urge Congress to honor its original commitment and fully fund 40 percent of Part B services as authorized by IDEA so the goals of the act can be achieved.
In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.
The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.
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