Mike Huckabee in Fox Business 2016 GOP primary debate

On Abortion: We continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day

I believe that there's got to be some leadership that not only addresses the monetary and military issues of this country, but the moral issues of this country. At the end of every political speech, most of us say, God bless America. But how can he do that when we continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day? And I want to be the president that treats every person, including the unborn, as a person.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Civil Rights: Last year 58% of hate crimes were against Jews

The president needs to read his own FBI crime stats from last year which would show him that of the hate crimes in the country, over 5,500, about 1,100 were religious hate crimes. And, of those, 58% were directed toward Jews. Only 16% directed toward Muslims. Maybe what the President should focus on is how we ought to look at anti-Semitism rather than anti-Muslim comments.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Foreign Policy: Not our role to create desire for democracy in Afghanistan

Q: Do we need to be in Afghanistan?

HUCKABEE: Only if there is a concerted effort to destroy the advance of radical Islamists who are against us. As far as what are we going to make it look like, frankly, I don't know what we can make it look like. You can't create for other people a desire for freedom and democracy. And frankly, that is not the role of the United States. The role of the United States military is not to build schools; it is not to build bridges; it is not to go around and pass out food packets. It is to kill and destroy our enemy and make America safe and that is the purpose we should be there if we're going to be there.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Government Reform: Government takes too much money from hard-working Americans

I wish I saw the country in the same place that the president presented it to be in the State of the Union. I wish I could introduce him to the lady who cleans the building of our campaign headquarters. She's not working 15 hours a day because she loves scrubbing toilets. There are people all over this country who are working like that. Because of the fact that they're punished for working harder if they work that many hours. The government gets more of their second shift than they do.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Gun Control: Completely insane to make buying a gun even harder

Q: You called Pres. Obama's executive orders on gun control "unconstitutional and completely insane."


Q: You even told gun store owners to ignore the President's orders. Yet, innocent people are dying from gun violence in cities every day. How to prevent guns from falling into the hands of criminals?

HUCKABEE: Well, why don't we start by making sure the Justice Department never does an idiotic program like Fast and Furious where the US Government put guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords? You know, they want to talk about law abiding citizens, I just find it amazing the President keeps saying the gun show loophole. There is no gun show loophole. I promise you I've been to more gun shows than Pres. Obama. I've bought more weapons [there], and you fill out forms. The President also says that it's easier to get a gun now than it is to grow trees. I purchase guns, and I can assure you that it is much more difficult to purchase a firearm than to grow trees.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Homeland Security: President is responsible for protecting us, not Islam

The first responsibility of the President of the United States is protect America, and protect Americans. We have a President who seems to be more interested in protecting the reputation and image of Islam than he is protecting us.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Social Security: White-collar workers ok to work until 70 but not blue-collar

Q: You have laid forward no plan to reform entitlements. How can you say you're going to pay down our country's debt without cutting Social Security or Medicare?

HUCKABEE: For the government to say, "it is fault of working people that we have a Social Security problem," no. It is the fault of a government that used those people's money for something other than protecting those people's accounts. So let's not blame them and punish them. I sometimes hear Republicans say "well, we're going to have to cut this and extend the age." You know what I think a lot of times when I hear people say, "well, let's make people work to their 70." That sounds great for white-collar people who sat at a desk most of their lives. You ever talk to somebody that stood on concrete floor for the first 40 years of their working life? Do you think they can stand another five years or 10 years, many of them will retired virtually crippled because they worked hard. And we're going to punish them some more? I don't think so.

Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax, which taxes people for working hard

The reason people are having a hard time getting ahead is the tax system punishes them. If you work hard and start moving up the economic ladder, you get bumped into a different tax bracket. The government thinks it deserves more of your hard work than you do. No matter how many different reforms you have, you're taxing everything that produces something. It's time for something big. No payroll tax deducted from checks.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

On War & Peace: Rebuild military but we should not fight without clear goals

We need to never ever spend a drop of American blood unless there is a clearly defined goal and we can't make sure we win unless we have a military that's the strongest in the history of mankind. We've got to have a military that the world is afraid of, use it sparingly, but when we do, the whole world will know that America is on their tail.
Source: Fox Business 2016 Republican Undercard debate Jan 14, 2016

The above quotations are from Fox Business Two-Tier 2016 GOP primary debate
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