Huckabee’s Pitch Stays Trained to Social Issues

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with the Family Leader president and CEO Bob Vander Plaats (photo via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

In a WSJ story on Mike Huckabee’s refusal to run from the social issues, the very influential Iowan Bob Vander Plaats notes the role Huckabee is already playing: “Mike Huckabee is going to force the others to speak about value issues: life, marriage and religious liberty.”

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More Pro-life Leaders Appalled at Walker’s Interview

Noted pro-life leader Prof. Gerard Bradley reacted to Scott Walker’s remarks, in which Gov. Walker claimed he couldn’t do anything to protect the right to life because the Supreme Court has ruled:

Governor Walker’s replies indicate reliably that he recognizes the truth about when people begin—and the truth is that people begin at fertilization.  And he surely recognizes, then, that abortions kill people, who have just as much right to live as did his now 21-year old son, when he was in the womb of the Governor’s wife Tonete.

And so it is all the more tragic that Governor Walker cannot—at least in this exchange with Chris Wallace—actually bring himself to declare that Roe v. Wade is a gross injustice, that it must be reversed, and that he will work assiduously to bring about precisely that end.  One more thing for sure: Roe will never be reversed and the lives of so many unborn children saved unless our political leaders are willing to speak about the horrors of abortion in much more stark and vivid terms than Governor Walker is willing to do.  America will not restore justice to the unborn by wordsmithing it away, and by dancing around forthright questions, as did the Governor in this interview.

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Bush on Life and Marriage

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

When Sean Hannity asked him about Terry Schiavo, Jeb Bush took the opportunity to assert “I am pro-life”:

We [in Florida] are the first state to have a ‘choose life’ license place that helped with crisis pregnancy. I’m pro-life, and I also believe the most vulnerable in our society should be at the front of the line.

When asked if he is evolving on gay marriage, Bush responded, “No, I believe in traditional marriage.”

His remarks on life and marriage start around the 23 minute mark.

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GOP Candidates Move Away from Common Core

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

National Review has a useful summary of the GOP candidates’ move away from the Common Core. It begins by noting that as recently as January 2012, Scott Walker chaired a Wisconsin reading task force that endorsed the Common Core:

Two years later, on July 17, 2014, Walker released a statement: “Today, I call on the members of the State Legislature to pass a bill in early January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin.”

Walker is, of course, not the only high-profile Republican to backtrack on his support for Common Core…


Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, initially a Common Core supporter, has become perhaps its most outspoken opponent, even filing suit against the Department of Education for tying federal money to the adoption of Common Core, which, Jindal argues, violates Congress’s intent and the Tenth amendment.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee supported the standards, too — but now says Common Core “has morphed into a Frankenstandard that nobody, including me, can support.”

And after declaring in 2013 that “we’re doing Common Core in New Jersey, and we’re going to continue,” New Jersey governor Chris Christie said earlier this month that he has “grave concerns” about the program, “especially the way the Obama administration has tried to implement it through tying federal funding to these things.” New Jersey’s Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments is now reconsidering the standards.

Meanwhile, former Texas governor Rick Perry and Texas senator Ted Cruz have opposed Common Core from the beginning, as have Florida senator Marco Rubio and Kentucky senator Rand Paul.

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