Mike Huckabee on Government Reform
Republican AR Governor
A: I think the key issues are: that I support the human life amendment; that I donít support human embryonic stem cell research; that I didnít agree with the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act; and immigration. We have differences of opinion on how we ought to handle that. Those are the fundamental differences. And I think there are other, maybe, nuances. But you know, one of the things that I find interesting, the two most civil campaigns of the Republican primary are the ones still on their feet. And I do think that that says something about both the senatorís campaign and ours. It looks like Republicans really are responding to a more message-driven and positive campaign. I think thatís good for our party. Iíd like to say I think itís good for America.
A: Gov. Schwarzenegger ought to be able to carry out the plan. If heís right, every other state is going to copy him. If heís wrong, every other state is going to recruit the jobs that he lost in California to their own states. The genius of our system has always been that, if you have states acting as laboratories of good government, rather than mess it up for all 50 states, you get the chance to find out, does it work? If it does, we all copy it, and then we make a little change, and we claim it for our own. If it doesnít work, we do everything we can to make sure that the jobs that maybe he loses we get in our own state. Itís the genius of our founding fathers when they had the idea of federalism. Jefferson was right, and Hamilton was wrong. That debate was settled.
A: The first priority of the next president is to be a president of all the US. Weíve got to quit even fighting among ourselves as conservatives and as Republicans, and start putting the better interest of our nation. If that doesnít happen, weíll get none of these things done. Weíve got to be the united people of the US, and a president has got to somehow remind us that we are a great, resilient nation that has to stick together to solve all of these problems.
A: I believe that the people of DC should be able to vote for representation. Thatís appropriate for the simple reason of equality & justice. If we need to amend the Constitution to make that possible, it should happen. I donít care what color they are, I donít care how they vote--they ought to be able to vote, and their color & their political affiliation ought to have nothing to do with the equality that we should give them.
A: I have to show photo ID to get on an airplane in my home town. I think itís not asking too much to make sure that people who are voting are truly eligible voters. When you register to vote, letís take your picture, and put it on a card. That way it doesnít dilute the vote if a lot of people who arenít registered voters try to fraudulently vote.
I think we are all performers to some extent. But the real person is the one who is nearly the same behind closed doors as the public eye. We might say, ďIíd never steal with someone watching me.Ē But would we steal if no one was watching?
It seems that the desire to see public officials fail the integrity test is at an all-time high. The reason is that by showing the flaws in other people, the public affirms that its own inadequacies are not so abnormal. As the character of America begins to plummet, we want to justify our own lack of morality by somehow showing that everyone is just as bad.
Our generation has learned to hold to the standard of each other instead of the standard of God. That is the travesty: God is no longer the standard; we are.
A: I want to make sure that we went to a place where the states had more power and not centralized in the federal government. Thatís been a mistake of this administration, I think an honest and sincere one, but a huge mistake. And instead, we need to honor the Tenth Amendment, we need to remember that we are a nation of strong states and weak federal government, not strong federal centralized government and weak states.
Q: Do you support two-term eight-year limit for Arkansas state senators?
Q: Do you support the three-term six-year limit for Arkansas house representatives?
Q: For PAC contributions?
Q: For Corporate contributions?
Q: For Political Parties?
Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
But the trend in many states is to regulate and even prohibit normal giving and receiving among friends and relatives. These rules often are made by those who donít understand that true giving is not about seeking to influence someone. In the true spirit of giving, the person who received the gift is not so much obligated to return the favor as he is to pass on a similar blessing to another. Thus, this transaction becomes an ever-expanding circle of compassion and generosity.
My family has had to endure attacks I never would have imagined before running for office. Frivolous lawsuits instigated by political opponents who are unable to find real issues can create distractions. Some members of the media are willing to take baseless allegations and not only report them but repeat them over and over.
Although attacking others will sometimes work with voters, it will not work as we stand before Godís judgment seat. He will judge based on what he knows, not on what our critics have said about us.
The longer I serve as governor, the more I remind myself that my most important decisions are not those that will affect the next election. They are those that will affect the next generation. If public officials had fought for generational programs 50 years ago, my state might not be one of the poorest in the country.
As we work raise our children, and make daily decisions, we need to ask if they are for the immediate or for the ultimate good. Imagine the difference if we made decisions based on how they impacted the next generation rather than influenced the next election.
Character is the issue, and your character makes a difference every day--in the work you do, the people you vote for, the people you look to for leadership.
Seven years ago I was the pastor of a wonderful church in Texarkana. My views didn't make me any better than anyone else before God, but they struck a chord with people who were weary of living under a government that no longer respected what they thought was important. Today as governor of Arkansas, I recognize the same moral authority--God's authority--that I did as a pastor.
As one who is attempting to challenge a long-term incumbent, it has become increasingly apparent that the current process is not adequate to remove members of Congress. Since we already limit the President to eight years, it seems ridiculous to give Congressmen and Senators long-term careers at taxpayer expense.
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