Mike Huckabee Excerpts From Tonight's Fox Business GOP Debate
CHARLESTON, S.C.—Gov. Mike Huckabee delivered a commanding performance at this evening's GOP debate. The following are excerpts from tonight:
Morality: “America needs a different kind of leadership. We need leadership that addresses, not just the monetary and military issues of this country, but the moral issues of this country. At the end of every political speech, most of us say, 'God bless America.’ But how can He do that if we continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day?… I believe some of those old ideas, where we unapologetically get on our knees before we get on our feet, might be the best solutions we ever saw as a country."
U.S. Military: “The role of the United States military is not to build schools, it is not to build bridges, it is not to go around and pass out food packets. It's to kill and destroy our enemy and make America safe. That is the purpose."
2nd Amendment: "There is no gun show loophole. I promise you, I’ve been to more gun shows than President Obama. The president also says that it’s easier to get a gun than it is to get groceries. Again, I can assure you, it's much more difficult to purchase a firearm than purchase the ingredients for a salad in a supermarket...”
Gun Free Zones: "The one common thing in most mass shootings is that they happened in gun-free zones where law-abiding citizens, who could have stood-up and at least tried to stop it, were prohibited under the law."
Social Security: “Remember, Social Security is not the government's money—it belongs to the people who had it taken out of their checks involuntarily their entire working lives...Sometimes I hear republicans say we'll cut this and extend the age. That sounds great for white-collar people who sit at desks. Ever talk to anybody that stood on concrete floor for the first 40 years of their working life? Many are retired or virtually crippled because they worked hard. And we'll punish them some more? I don't think so.
Our problem is NOT that Social Security is just too generous to seniors. It isn’t. Our problem is that our politicians have not created policies that would create economic growth."
FairTax: "I still support strongly that we get rid of the 77,000 pages of the monstrous tax code, pass the FairTax and supercharge the economy… It’s time to do something bold, not something minute. This is no time for a tap of the hammer or a twist of a screw. We need to pass the FairTax. It's built on the same commonsense that we raise our kids and train dogs. You reward behavior you want more of. And you punish behavior you want less of."