Mike Huckabee in Speech at 2008 CPAC conference


On Abortion: Will lead fight for constitutional ban on abortion

I would support and be willing to lead a Human Life Amendment to the constitution. Our Founding Fathers said we’re all equal. At the heart of understanding that, if we are indeed equal, all of us have intrinsic worth, and no one has more than another. I believe the sanctity of a human life is rooted in who we are as a culture and as a civilization. And should we turn our back on this fundamental truth, we have turned our back on the very essence and foundation of who we are as a people.
Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Foreign Policy: Impeach judges who yield on our sovereignty

We should make sure that we never, for any circumstance, under any purpose, ever yield one ounce of our sovereignty over to some international tribunal.

That’s why we need to fight against the Law of the Sea Treaty, and make sure that it gets a good burial at sea. That’s why we should say ‘No’ to Kyoto, because it’s not giving over our sovereignty.

And it’s why whenever a judge invokes any international law as the basis for making a decision, he should be summarily impeached for having done so.

Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Principles & Values: Without moral absolutes, we are lost and confused

Our freedom is tied to our individual souls, a gift from God, not from government. No one could take it from us, because no one gave it to us. It was instilled in me that because freedom was individual, that personal responsibility was individual. So I could not expect government to do for me what I was supposed to do for myself.

In 1968-1969, we had a definite choice of being a country of law and order, or of mayhem. I believed in law and order, that some things were right and some things were wrong. When we went with the right we had strength. When we saw that there was no moral center, and nothing that ever could be defined as a moral absolute, then we are lost and confused.

As a teenager, I was given a Phyllis Schlafly book, “ A Choice Not an Echo”. That book had a tremendous impact on me. It reminded me that we should not simply be echoing the sentiments of others, but making deep personal choices about what we believe, and most importantly, why we believe it.

Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Principles & Values: Childhood heroes in AR: Jesus, Elvis, and FDR

In Arkansas, where I grew up, there were no Republicans. I came from a family where there were three basic heroes in our household: Jesus, Elvis, and FDR. It wasn’t because folks were so liberal, it was just inbred in us that we were all Democrats. There were only 7 Republicans in my county, and all of them had moved in. But I became Republican because I got my first job at age 14 from one of those 7 Republicans, and I crystallized an understanding about the blessings of America.
Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Principles & Values: American’s greatness is because we’re rooted in our faith

I realize it is not politically correct to say what I am about to say. But I have believed it since I was a teenager so I will not going to recant it now.

The reason that America is a great nation is because America is a special nation. And the reason America is a special nation is because it was founded by people who were first on their knees before they were on their feet. We are a nation rooted in our faith.

Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Principles & Values: Not exiting; I didn’t major in math; I majored in miracles

I stay in this race, not to be a fly in the ointment, but because I believe that our party & our country is about a choice, and I plan to give it to them. There are only a few states that have voted; 27 have not. People in those 27 states deserve more than a coronation. They deserve the opportunity to have their voices and their votes heard and counted.

I know what the pundits say, that the math doesn’t workout. Folks, I didn’t major in math. I majored in miracles and I still believe in those.

Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On Technology: Post every federal expenditure on Internet without 24 hours

We should demand transparency and accountability from our government. I would propose that every time the federal government makes any expenditure, it posts it on the Internet within 24 hours, so you can find out exactly where every dollar of the budget goes, down to how much it costs to mow the courthouse lawn in your home town. Wouldn’t that shock some people, to find out exactly how our tax money comes in, and how it goes out.
Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

On War & Peace: Islamofascism must disappear from the face of the earth

It is right for us to be on the offense against Islamofascism, and not wait until they attack us on our soil. Unlike any war we have ever fought in this nation, this is not a war for soil. It is a war for our soul. We will either win it or we will lose it. This nation must rally to the point where we recognize there is no compromise. There is no alternative. We must win; they must lose. Islamofascism must disappear from the face of the earth, or we will.
Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

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