Presidential aspirant and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee joined Breitbart’s editor-in-chief Alexander Marlow in an interview on Saturday.
Appearing on Breitbart News Saturday, the governor demonstrated his keen ability to articulate conservative principles and values—a likely reason why he enjoys the highest favorability ratings of all GOP candidates running for president in 2016.
Governor Huckabee didn’t pull any punches when talking about Obama’s Iran nuclear deal: “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven. This is the most idiotic thing, this Iran deal. It should be rejected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and by the American people. I read the whole deal. We gave away the whole store. It’s got to be stopped.”
Modestly, Huckabee acknowledges that his high favorability rating is good news. “People don’t vote for someone they don’t like. So I just got a make sure I don’t start doing stuff that make people stop liking me,” he chuckled.
Marlow, who hosts the program airing on Sirius XM Patriot radio channel 125 on Saturday mornings, asked Huckabee, “What are conservatives fighting for in this race?”
Huckabee answered that he believes the biggest mistake conservatives make is they speak like they are talking “to an assemblage of people in the corporate board room on Wall Street.” Instead, he explained that conservatives need to convey a simple message of “conservatism, limited government, more local government, lower taxes, and less regulation to people who sweat through their clothes everyday and have to lift heavy things to make a living.”
Huckabee added that when “We fail to communicate to working men and women of this country, they don’t connect with us. Ineveitably we lose.”
Marlow asked the governor what is his concept of American values. Huckabee replied that American values can be summed up in the language of the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, all of us are created equal, we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
To the governor, our values boil down to everybody plays by the same rules in America. “We are a nation of law—not emotions, not men, not money, not power—but a nation of law,” he clarified. “Our worth and our value comes from a higher source, God. Not the government, but from God.” Huckabee informed that from this fundamental value all other values emanate.
Marlow changed the topic to the ongoing Planned Parenthood scandal. He asked the governor what he thinks about the American government funding the largest abortion provider in the nation, recently exposed for allegedly selling baby body parts and fetal tissue.
The 59-year-old author and former Fox News host said that he has formally called for the immediate end to government funding of Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately that may be difficult. Huckabee pointed out that “Democrats get a lot of money from the pro-abortionists.”
The amenable statesman recounted that he has called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood for years. “The fact that they are getting between $500-540 million of taxpayer money is really a disgrace,” he asserted. “It is disgusting to fund an organization like Planned Parenthood that chops up babies and sells the parts like parts to a Buick.”
America needs to “come to grips with a 42-year nightmare of taking babies from their mother’s womb. This needs to come to an end,” insists Huckabee.
The country needs to be “civilized,” Huckabee contends. He told Breitbart News Saturdaylisteners that if he were president, it would be his job to make sure the government was protecting innocent human life, not destroying it and selling it for a profit.
When asked by Breitbart’s EIC how he would handle massive illegal immigration, the governor responded that the first thing he would do is seal the border. He compared the crisis to a broken pipe in your kitchen. “When water is everywhere, the first thing you have to do is stop the leak.”
The governor said that a major part of the illegal immigration problem is “Big Business makes sure that nothing ever gets done.” He argued that the best way to take away advantages of being an illegal immigrant is to institute a consumption tax. The illegals and the cartel drug dealers don’t pay the kind of taxes that most working Americans have to pay.
“They don’t report their income and the employer’s are not paying the employer tax,” Huckabee complained. “If you take away this financial advantage, you are going to see Americans going back to work.”