Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee, new GOP hopeful, on Iran: 'Hell will freeze over before they get a nuclear weapon'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee took to the Hope, Arkansas, stage Tuesday amid cheers and chants – "We want Huck!" – to announce his candidacy for the White House.

He spent much of his opening talking about his childhood in Hope, adopting a populist tone at times to make the point: Too many Americans "don't have jobs."

He spoke of the struggle Americans now face to make ends meet, drawing parallels with his own youthful days and the lessons of faith his father and mother taught.

"My [dad] wasn't an educated man, but he was a smart man," Huckabee said. "[He] taught me that we are to do unto others as we would have them do unto us."

Huckabee, a former minister, also stressed his Christian upbringing, reaching out directly to one of his largest base of supporters, the conservatives of faith.

"In Miss Mary's kindergarten," he said, of his Hope High School background, "I learned the Pledge of Allegiance, the Lord's Prayer and the preamble to the Constitution," he said.

Huckabee then took a strong stance against much of the current administration's policies, saying he wouldn't leave veterans in the street, awaiting medical attention – a seeming hit at the Veterans Affairs scandal under Obama – or slice Social

"As president, I promise you will get what you paid for," he said.

And he suggested some ideas for improving the nation's health care that didn't focus on government regulation.

"Real healthcare reform is going to focus on intervention and cures," he said, denouncing the "costly programs" affiliated with government regulatory programs.

He also hearkened back to space program days and lessons learned: "It made me believe America could do anything it set its mind to. And as president, I launch a curative approach to health care and save money and lives and not just save a bunch of government programs."

And on ISIS and Iran, he came down hard on the side of support for Israel.

A line that won loud applause: "We put more pressure on our ally Israel to cease building bedrooms for their families in Judea and Samaria than we do on Iran for building a bomb."

And this one, equally well received: "I wonder if [Obama] could watch a western from the 50s and be able to figure out who the god guys and the bad guys really are ... I promise you we will no longer try to merely contain jihadism. We will conquer it. We will deal with jihadists just as we would deal with deadly snakes."

And one final message, directly to Iran: "Hell will freeze over before they will get a nuclear weapon. ... I will never, ever apologize for America."

Huckabee spoke, too, about the loss of America's moral compass, particularly on gay marriage, and criticized the "false gods" of the courts.

"The Supreme Court is not the supreme being and they cannot overturn the laws of nature or of God," he said.

Other platforms: He vowed to "take seriously" the Tenth Amendment, especially with education, to bring to fruition and balanced budget law for the feds, and to press for tighter controls at the borders.

"As Americans, we ought to get on our knees every night and thank God we still live in a country where people are trying to get into, rather than break out of," he said.


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