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. Brandon, Boynton Beach, FL

    I can't believe this is the free press........God Save America.

    November 28, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. Geez, Las Vegas

    To Tis Is Fake:
    He said "Jesus would be too smart to run for public office" not president of the US...

    November 28, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. deb, san jose ca

    Best one-liner of the night. He definately stood out in a good way.

    November 28, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Brian Gorham, ME

    I don't think it was an appropriate question anyway! Billions of people believe Jesus as their savior! Why would someone ask that question?

    Who cares if Jesus would run for public office? He was a rebel in the eyes of Romans and Jews and he influenced billions of people. Just remember that

    November 28, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Sam, Charleston, SC


    Come to think of it, are these people running for President of the U.S. or the Southern Baptist Convention? (nothing against southern baptists, but they aren't running for the sbc)

    November 28, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  6. Rachael, Baltimore, MD

    I am now a Huckabee supporter! He is so hilarious and is a MUCH better speaker in expressing his views than any of the other candidates. He also hasn't changed his positions on many of the issues, like Romney and Guliani. He is right, Jesus was too smart to ever want to run for any political position!

    November 28, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. Alex, Indiana and Texas

    One need not run for political office to have an opinion on capital punishment, obviously. I find it odd that a minister would answer a question in such a manner.

    November 28, 2007 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. Judy Omaha, Ne

    Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's.

    November 28, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  9. Randy, San Diego, CA

    Mike Huckabee won the debate because of his likeability, honesty, integrity, communication skills, charisma, and humor. He will be the next Republican candidate for President.

    November 28, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  10. Anna NY

    Aside from the fact that this question does not belong in a presidential debate, he didn't answer the question!

    November 28, 2007 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I was throwing stuff at my tv. You people have no idea dn are paid off by a corrupt government!

    Ron Paul 2009!!! and forever!

    November 28, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. M. Primovic, Decatur, GA

    If I'm not mistaken, Jesus was a victim of the death penalty was he not?! While he gave his life willingly for God and Mankind, I'm not so sure his teachings support taking another life but instead are filled with love and compassion and tolerance for ALL people.

    November 28, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. Anna, Mandeville, LA

    Huckabee would have my vote. He was very genuine and down to earth.

    November 28, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Kiara, Orlando, FL

    How can anyone think Jesus would be a democrat, when democrats believe in abortion, gay rights, and barely believe in Jesus himself. Wake up! I'm not sure he would be Republican, but I know he would not be a democrat.

    November 28, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Scott, Buffalo, NY

    Huckabee won this debate hands down and the best part is, Chuck Norris supports him!

    November 28, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. Sharon Dodds, Cuba, Illinois

    I am a democrat, but I do not like any of the top candidates. With that I have decided to listen to the Republicans. I like Huckabee, a lot! In fact for the first in my 35 years of voting Democrat I am going to vote for Huckabee, a Republican. Yikes!, but true....

    November 28, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. Bill Fechtelkotter, Conway, AR

    You can tell that Huckabee has wrestled with this issue. He is a sincere man who speaks from his center. America needs a man of strong convictions leading the way!

    Jesus would sit in the electric chair for the man/woman on death row. That is what He did for all of us on the cross!

    November 28, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Paul Thompson

    Being in a debate on CNN...the less said the better!

    By the way....the way to truth...begins with the truth that we were Created by God and we will be judged by Our Maker.
    The whole idea that there is no judgment...has led to the demeaning of life in the first place. I believe in a God of Mercy....but some don't even want that.

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    November 28, 2007 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  19. Emily, Salt Lake City, UT

    In response to Kiara: Do you believe in the part of the Bible that says "Love one another as thyself" and 'Judge that you shall not be judged." It's quite an accusation that you think Democracts don't believe in Jesus. Wow!!

    November 28, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  20. Kent, Little Egg Harbor, NJ

    What would Jesus do? He would not start a war that indiscriminately killed 600,000 Iraqi women and children on behalf of a psychopathic neo-con fantasy! That's why Ron Paul is the ONLY choice for President of the USA!

    November 28, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Ashley, Milwaukee, W.I

    I do not believe that Huckabee's comment was intended to be a dodge at the question more a cleaver response to a cleaver question.

    November 28, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Dan, San Jose, CA

    It still amazes me that Democrats have such little knowledge of the Bible, as evidenced by some of the comments here. Jesus came to earth so save us and show how we should live, as individuals. He did not come to show us how to run a government. So yes, we are to love our neighbor, do not murder, etc. But to see how God wants a government to set up it's laws, all you have to do is look at the laws he gave to the Jewish people in the Old Testament. There are clearly laws there for punishment and law enforcement. There is border security and penalties for crime, including death.

    November 28, 2007 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. CrazyRepublicans

    Sending Hillary to Mars means to the White House you'll all are running scared of her,and shell be the forward on the court and she'll put you in the wrong basket hucklebee...can you imagine hucklebee see me sneeze...

    November 28, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. Olivia - San Antonio - Texas

    I beg to differ Ms. Kiara, Orlando: "How can anyone think Jesus would be a democrat."
    Of course Jesus would be neither. However democrats do believe in the rights of people. And we do believe in Christ. FYI: JESUS WAS NO DICTATOR. You sound alittle confused.

    November 28, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. David - Portland, Oregon

    For sure, Huckabee out classed all the other candidates!

    November 28, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
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