Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, where he was asked by host Doug McKelway about a recent ad attacking Ted Cruz on his recent comments on same-sex marriage. You can watch Huckabee’s full appearance and read the transcript below:
DOUG MCKELWAY: Governor, you have been accused of selectively and deceptively editing what Cruz said at that private fund-raiser in New York last summer. The Washington Post, The Fix pointed out that after the Cruz said no in that comment, he quickly expanded on the point, quote, “No, I would say defending the Constitution is a top priority and that cuts across the whole spectrum whether it’s defending the First Amendment, defending religious liberties, and stopping courts from making public policies that should be left to the people,” and he said, “I also think that the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution cuts across a lot of these issues.” Isn’t that selective editing, sir?
MIKE HUCKABEE: No, not at all. And there was nothing selective, there was nothing deceptive. The point is that in Iowa, he’s made a major point, and his pitch to evangelicals as a person who is utterly authentic, he’s going to fight for religious liberty, he’s going to protect the right of people to disagree with decisions on same-sex marriage, but that’s not what you heard in that Manhattan fund-raiser. And that’s the only thing I have pointed out. Obviously, I had nothing to do with the ad, because as you well know, candidates cannot communicate in any way, can’t even have a conversation with people who run a super PAC. So, there is no coordinate or communication there, but it’s just a matter of listening to the transcript and recognizing that it’s not a big issue when he’s in Manhattan, but it is a much bigger issue in Iowa.
Look, we all I think are looking for people who are consistent, and consistent means that you say the same thing regardless of where you are geographically, and that you don’t take a different position or slightly nuanced position because it would help you or hurt you with Manhattan fund-raisers and people who are the big-dollar donors in what I call the Washington to Wall Street axis of power.
Thomas Valentine is a researcher for the American Principles Project and a junior at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.