Huckabee: Abortion issue trumps all
February 15th, 2011
10:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Huckabee: Abortion issue trumps all

(CNN) – Several likely GOP presidential candidates have spent the bulk of their time stressing fiscal and economic issues, but Mike Huckabee said Monday that for him the issue of abortion still trumps all other pressing concerns facing the country.

"For me this is an issue that - as I've said before - it transcends all of the political issues," Huckabee said at a fundraiser in Tennessee for the Center for Bioethical Reform, an anti-abortion group.

"I've often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life," Huckabee added.

The former presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas has not said if he will run for president again, though he is a leading candidate, according to several recent national polls of the hypothetical battle for the Republican presidential nomination.

His comments differ significantly from potential White House rivals who have spoken little of social issues so far this cycle as Americans continue to overwhelmingly point to the economy as the No. 1 issue on their minds.

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  1. Daniel

    So while EVERYONE else in the nation is worried about the economy, this guy's main concern is making sure no woman has the right to choose. First of all, that won't happen. Second, get a clue dude.

    February 15, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Paul Froehlich

    If HUckabee is so concerned about avoiding abortions, then, he must be passionate about encouraging the use of birth control. Much fewer unplanned pregnanncies, fewer reasons to even consider an abortion, more control by the woman. But is he? Does he push for birth control? Does he care about giving the woman more control over her life? Sadly, no. These guys are one dimensional when it comes to this social issue – and put women in a no win situation.

    February 15, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. AC

    That's just what America wants to hear Huckabee, Your spot on, NOT!

    February 15, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Whammybar

    Mr. Huckabee, if yo uare so concerned about human life than bring our troops home, close our borders and find a way to stimulate jobs in the US. Then when you have accomplished all that you can pursue personal subjects like abortion. So happy for you that you can make the choice for you and your family but please let everyone else make thier own decissions. That's freedom. Keep the goverenment out of it as we currently have it. You call the president a socialist but yet you want your beliefs inflicted on everyone simply because that is your belief. What do you call that? You cannot lead this country when you have no allowance for others. Will you have us all go to the same church and read the same books based on your choice? Sorry you won't get my vote. I don't endorse abortion but I believe that the choice to have one needs to remain available.

    February 15, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. A keen observer

    Huckabee should observe the separation of church and state and quit trying to force his religious beliefs on others.

    February 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That's because he is putting religion ahead of everything else. Precisely why he should NOT be elected to office.

    February 15, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. GOP - the dumbing of America

    "I've often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life,"

    No, you actually won't yield on the issue of the sanctity of a fetus, once born you could care less...

    February 15, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. PA voter - NOT for Huckabee!

    Just goes to show how out of touch Huckabee is! The biggest problem in this country is an unsustainable economy without job creation and all he can think about is putting the government in every woman's womb! I thought Republicans were for smaller, less intrusive government?????

    February 15, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. donkey party

    Ok Huckster, if it transcends all politics, then keep it the eff out of politics, it's a woman's RIGHT to choose, not yours, not the government's, HER'S.

    February 15, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Squigman

    The only reason he has a head, is to keep the rain out of his neck.

    February 15, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Jay in Illinois

    The abortion issue trumps all? And what is your Republican stance on guns in society? You want to make it a top priority to save babies not born but want to do nothing to curb the violence cause by guns to existing humans? Isn't that an overt contradiction?

    And abortion is an issue that trumps all? How about the millions that are out of work because of endless corporate downsizing to maintain/increase profits? Or the wars that a member of your party started?

    Yep, you're a Republican and you have your priorities right. I hope Wasilla's Village Idiot defeats you for the Republican nomination. And I know who'd win between she and Obama so I won't waste time commenting on that.

    February 15, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. bo-D

    If you don't have any jobs the babies can't eat huck.

    February 15, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. fayse

    Mr Huckabee, how many pregnancies have you had and how many children have you adopted? This is an issue that should be the business of only those involved. I would rather see abortion than read about all of the little ones that are horribly abused by their own parents.

    February 15, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. john

    Yeah this is solve all of our problems. What is it with people wanting a theocracy in America?

    February 15, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. felix

    Which is why he will never be President. Face it people: Roe vs Wade will NEVER be overturned.

    February 15, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Chet Anderson

    Well the reason that the republicans tend to avoid the social issues side is because most of their stances are widely unpopular with the general public. Forcing their viewpoints onto others and having the government tell them what to do. Exact the opposite of what their economic policies are. Opinions are strong on both sides whether government needs to interact more or less in the economy but only idiots would vote to have the government impose restrictions on social issues.

    February 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  17. Redleg

    How many "pro-life" types can actually account for every time they had unprotected heterosexual intercourse? If there is no difference between a fertilized ovum and a new-born, as they would have it, then are they not unfit, if not murderous parents, if they cannot account for all possbile children they believe they have?

    February 15, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Lisa

    This is why you will never be President. You cannot see the issues that are most important to the majority of the people. More people care that they don't have jobs and are losing their homes and their way of life than about morality issues such as abortion, gay marriage, etc.
    (P.S. I am a Republican)

    February 15, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Michael

    Abortion transcends all other political issues for Huck because it is his only chance of leverageing voter groups enough to win a nomination.
    Like every other GOPster, an opportunist to the core.

    February 15, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Seneca

    The famous quote goes, "It's the ecnomy ... stupid.' Abortion rights won't mean anything if the american economy collapses. This is exactly why Huckabee won't be president, he allows his spiritual thoughts to rule his judgement. Usually this isn't a bad thing unless of course you are releasing hardened criminals back into society just because they claim to of found God.

    February 15, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. sonny chapman

    If America could imprison all Dr.s & Mothers who do or have abortions, all of our many problems would simply evaporate. Whoever can't abide by that philosophy needs to leave the country immediately.

    February 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Jack

    Separation of Church and State, Huckabee. Your extreme religious views effecting your governmental decisions should cause you to lose an election.

    February 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. PacificView

    and that's why you'll never be president Mike. Move along now.

    February 15, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. ReFascistican

    Huckabee: The self proclaimed minister who wants to be POTUS. If his moral convictions are so strong on abortion, how can he work for a network that is so negative and spews hate and division. He's a hypocrite whenever he opens his mouth.

    February 15, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Jeff in Ohio

    Cross Huckabee off the list of prospective presidential contenders for me. Just like a Democrat who focuses more on the environment, I won't vote a Republican who focuses more on abortion.

    #1 priority right now is between the economy or the budget deficit. That's it. Any candidate who wants to talk about other issues loses my vote.

    February 15, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
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