November 28th, 2007
10:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee: Jesus was too smart to run for public office

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was a pastor before holding public office.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tied together his stance on abortion with his views on the death penalty Wednesday night, two subjects he takes quite seriously, when asked by a viewer if Jesus would support the death penalty.

"There are those that say how can you be pro-life and believe in the death penalty?" Huckabee said. The fundamental difference is "a person is deemed guilty after a thorough process and put to opposed to an individual making a decision to terminate a life that has never been deemed guilty because the life was never even given a chance to exist"

When reminded by CNN's Anderson Cooper, "the question is what would Jesus do?" Huckabee tried to bring light to the subject joking that, "Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office."

- CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Jaik , chicago, IL

    duck duck duck , DODGE !

    November 28, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Elaine, Colorado Springs, CO

    If Jesus was here, I am convinced he would be a Democrat!

    November 28, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Scott Schrader, Mounds View, MN

    I could see that. I could also see that the King of All would be demeaned by running for some earthly political office.

    look what it does to those lesser evils who ARE running....

    November 28, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Chris Arlington, TX.

    I am not a Christian but it seems that Jesus would be way too smart to run for president.

    November 28, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. Tis,Is,Fake

    it wouldnt matter because jesus isnt american

    November 28, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. kayt, new bern N.C.

    Let those of you without sin cast the first stone. DUH !! of course Jesus would be against the death penalty. I am appalled at all of these people.

    November 28, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. glen Parker, Glendora, CA

    Jesus doesn't have to be running for president to have an opinion about the death penalty

    November 28, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Isaac Sacramento, Ca

    Jesus cannot run for President, He is already the "King of Kings. His kingdom is way superior than our democratic corrupted system. In His kingdom there is no such a thing as democracy, it is theocracy.

    November 28, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Chris Arlington, TX.

    To add on to Huckabee: the very reason that Jesus' message is so long-lasting is that he sets a bar much higher than any candidate (Demo. Repub. or other). Each party has a stance on issues that is much more about convention than anything else – at the very least we know that Jesus was not conventional, and thus, in our political environment, not likely to ever be a candidate, much less a nominee.

    November 28, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. John

    Jaik, is that the best left wing comment you can come up with? It would not matter if Huckabee answered in either the affirmative or negative the left side would have nailed him to a proverbial cross for his stand or label him as a flip flop...

    At least make an intelligent statment, don't quote movie titles!

    November 28, 2007 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  11. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    While I will NEVER vote Republican, I thought this comment by Huckbee was pretty outstanding.

    November 28, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. michael, nashville tn

    does making that point make huckabee smart or stupid? for what it's worth, i agree with him about Jesus. He is smart.

    November 28, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. Joe, Phoenix, Arizona

    Jesus? Sure, he would rid our country of fig trees though, so Fig Newton lovers beware.

    November 28, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. Columbia Cross Roads

    That was the best debate I've ever seen. And that was one of the best parts.

    November 28, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Don, Houston TX

    kayt...His words against throwing stones were directed at individals, not the government.

    He demonstrated that goverment should be allowed to impose capital punishment.

    November 28, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Shupikai, Jersey City, NJ

    I am a Democrat and was watching just out of interest. No one impressed me more than Huckabee. He was just brilliant. Thank God he's not getting the nomination or we'd be in trouble....

    November 28, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. Monica, Pittsburgh PA

    Jesus would run on a platform of helping the poor, welcoming immigrants, inclusiveness toward all people- including gays, and against all forms of war and conflict.

    The Republicans would claim he is an enemy to traditional American family values.

    November 28, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Margaret Bryan

    Jesus probably wouldn't want to run but I am sure he would do it to save the country from any one of these men on television tonight, who are proving to be a national and international embarrassment.

    November 28, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  19. Mark Mauer

    "...Huckabee tried to bring light to the subject joking..."

    No he didn't. Huckabee simply avoided answering the question, which is hypocritical of him.

    November 28, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. Brittany Cornelson Mobile, Alabama

    Mike Huckabee should be President because of his strong values and integrity. We feel that in order to bring America to higher standards we need a leader that provides not only intelligence with political issues, but Christian morals to guide him in every decision. He is the man that we would choose to invite into our homes. His humor, humility, and integrity would bring back the stability and respect that our forefathers brought to this nation.

    November 28, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Chrisina Jones, Dallas, TX

    Jesus didn't seek political authority in his own time, as the story goes. Why would he now?

    November 28, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Horvath

    Based on the New Testament image of Jesus he would stick out of politics because politicians are just that: politicians. Jesus spent his time challenging the establishment that was the 'government' because it was corrupt. Jesus would again challenge, but probably not run. Course, what do I know?

    In regards to Capital Punishment:
    Jesus recognized the governments right to execute someone (not individuals abusing their power or acting holier than thou). Under questioning by Pilate, Pilate reminds Jesus (because he needed it) that he has the power to kill him. Jesus does not deny the right of execution, but rather reminds Pilate where the authority comes from.

    November 28, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  23. Brent, Solon, Ohio


    November 28, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  24. Jon, Boston, MA

    While I disagree with Huckabee on most political issues, its good to see the ability to make a self deprecating joke. He brings a refreshing honesty and genuineness that I can appreciate, even from the other side of the aisle.

    November 28, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  25. Louann, Torrance, California

    Um...not getting much spiritual depth from someone who says "Jesus was too smart" to run for president. Jesus turned away all of Satan's temptations of power and chose crucifixion, not because he was "smart" (although he was) but because he was totally dedicated the purpose God had set for his life.

    Jesus' mission was to set aside his all-powerful glory and his smarts and the whole enchilada to humble himself, even to death, to show us what a perfect life serving God looks like.

    Huckabee's comment is a bit off from a biblically based view of Jesus. Rings a false note for me.

    November 28, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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