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 death...as 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