November 28th, 2007
10:12 PM ET
14 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. Independent in IA

    Too bad you don't have the same intelligence quotient.

    November 29, 2007 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  2. Matt, Gainesville, FL

    Mike Huckabee simply reeks of hypocrisy. Not only did he dodge the question, but turned an authentic question into a joke to cover his own behind. He knows he can't satiate the peoples' need for a good answer without being hypocritical (having once been a pastor of a church). How can an 'authentic' Christian say that he supports the death penalty? We all know Jesus forgives ANYONE seeking forgiveness for their misdoings, but Huckabee sure as hell doesn't seem to live up the principles Jesus set forth when he was alive. One important principle was "thou shall not kill" it not up to GOD to decide who lives and who dies, and not a mere mortal? If Huckabee wins, Jesus loses.

    November 29, 2007 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  3. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    I saw Jesus in the audience last night. But then I realized it was Chuck Norris.....

    November 29, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  4. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    As the candidate most "in touch" with the redeemer–take his advice, quit!!

    November 29, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. RightyTighty

    - It is appointeed unto man once to die and then judgement.

    Jesus has already given us all the death sentence. Are you ready for judgement??

    November 29, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Jim Topeka, KS

    Huckabee's answer was an outstanding one, it was also a dodge. Because we all know what Jesus's response would be, "let he who is without sin, cast the first stone".

    Jesus would be against the death penalty, but then again he would not be a strong supporter of most of the planks in the Republican platform today either. I seems to me the only Christan stance the Republican party has truely taken is on abortion and that stance as far as I am concerned is more of a politcal stance than one on we really care. We really care how we can manipulate the voters and get them to vote for us is the stance.

    November 29, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. thefishermen

    Jesus is a King. It was bad enough that he had to lower himself to be a man. Why would he lower himself even further to be a President?

    November 29, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. thefishermen

    And let's not forget, Jesus was given the death penalty and water boarding would have been a summer vacation in comparison to the torture he endured...

    November 29, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Monica Georgia

    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.

    Posted By Kiara, Orlando, FL : November 28, 2007 10:41 pm

    You are severely mistaken, Im a democrat and i am a strong christian,but i also believe in the seperation of church and state that i cant push my belief on those that dont want to believe. I do believe in pro choice because there are many situations where its a gray area like if its a rape victim or if its harmful to the mother. I also believe that gay people have every right to marry they just want the benifits like every one else gets. So please watch your ignorant statemants.

    November 29, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Huckleberry–above all others show know his 10 Commandements.

    Thou shalt not kill. When the state does it–it's just as bad as when an individual does it.

    November 29, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. John Cumberland, Maryland

    Everytime I hear "what would Jesus do" I just like to write a letter and say how offended that question is to Christians. If someone brought up a question "what would Allah do" there would be backlash in the Muslim world like burning of effigy and death threats. That question is offensive to me and other people.

    November 29, 2007 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Didn't answer the question and again the moderator did not pursue the matter.
    This was a pertinent question because Huckabee is a Pastor which he doesn't let us forgets, speaks in Jesus's
    name all the time, but ran and hide from this question.

    November 29, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Steve in SC

    God left governing to man! "Governments are a terror to them that do evil." Enough said!

    November 29, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Joy Lee, Sacramento, CA

    "Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office." Bumper sticker politico-religion that. What a shame. Both politics and religion are demeaned by these kind of people. We've had enough of that for 7 plus years with Bush. Let's get someone with brains AND a heart to be our elected leader, not these elitist phonies.

    November 29, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. B. Southland, Jacksonville, FL

    The US is NOT a theocracy–and wasn't designed as one. Religions (Note: religionS) have their place in US culture, but not as the political establishment. We don't want, need or will not tolerate a Christian Talilban of sorts here. Enough of people shoving their religious beliefs and practices down other peoples' throats. Liberty means liberty from all oppression, religious included.

    November 29, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. No. Nine, pasadena, ca

    "...the penalty for anyone who works on a Sunday which is death...amazes me that Christians have such little knowledge of the Bible..."

    so sorry, the commanded day of rest to which you allude is, has always been, the sabbath – saturday – the 7th day of the week. if you spoke one of the romance languages, you would see the very day is in the name.

    of course, ministers hate the people to have all the facts – kinda like the media with regard to candidate positions. ministers/wolves/politicians... sometimes they're all the same. no offense intended to 4-legged creatures.

    perhaps you might wish to read more of the Book rather than listen to your buddies' version... and say, that's not a bad idea for getting the real scoop about the u.s. constitution... thank you!!

    November 29, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. N. Nine, pasadena, ca

    "Thou shalt not kill"

    mr. huckabee is definitely not a believer in one commandment: bearing false witness. his distortions of history, his own and otherwise, should earn him a seat with the rest of the lords of lies.

    but as far as the quote above, the actual translation should indeed be murder, not kill. not a trivial distinction.

    of course, the problem with all commands is that people pick and choose their favorites for <others to observe... kinda like how it is with the u.s. constitution!!

    November 29, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Sally, Florida

    Jesus would be for the death penalty for evil ones, especially those who brutally murder innocent ones like little children. Remember, Jesus said that anyone who would harm a little child should have a millstone put around their neck and be thrown into the depths of the sea. That's a death sentence right there. So you liberals, stop parroting Dem. talking points about Jesus and actually READ the New Testament for a change and see what He actually said about punishment for criminals.

    November 29, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Peter, Wausau, WI

    I'm not sure about supporting Huck... but I'm glad to see his heart's in the right place–that is, it's good to know that some candidates are willing to show their respect for God and Christ even though the liberals would call it "political incorrectness."

    November 29, 2007 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Kim, Dallas, TX

    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!!

    Posted By Emily

    Emily, what a great statement. Another response to Kiara, Democrats believe in helping each other when the "chips are down". We don't discard people to society without any hope of recovery. We don't agree with the bloodbath of an irresponsible, illegal occupation in Iraq; a war that has caused countless innocent young children their lives. I don't want to see any child suffer. I personally cannot tell you if an embryo feels pain, but I can without a doubt tell you that a child with their legs blown off feels pain. One cannot decide if a person is christlike simply because of their assumed view on abortion. Life is not black and white, but many shades of gray. I personally liked the debate from Huckabee's point of view, as a "liberal" Democrat. I would vote for him over Hillary in a heartbeat. I totally disagree with the present corrupt administration; which has caused me to mistrust most Republicans.

    November 29, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. KJ, Charleston SC

    Wasn't Jesus tried for a crime and then sentenced to death? Furthermore, this Huckabee is trying to get elected to represent us all – I really don't care what Jesus would do. I care about the issues that affect us all – Iraq, Iran, Social Security, Immigration, Health Care, etc. If he wants hypothesize about what an imaginary man in the sky would do if he were running for president he should do it on his own time.

    December 1, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  22. Daniel, Australia

    Jesus was here to teach, not to win the approval of others. He had a greater mission than mere politics. The world needed a Saviour, not a politician.

    December 26, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  23. Cindy, Parott

    I think Mr. Hucklebee is a breath of fresh air, and I'm very glad that he is running for the president seat. I think his comment about Jesus being to smart to run for office was wise and inlighting. I am with him all the way, this county needs him in office more than a lot of people know. I pray that he will win the race, hands down. God speed Mr. Hucklebee.

    January 10, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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