Huckabee stresses religious freedom, lends Romney his evangelical cred


In his convention speech, Mike Huckabee was a bit more direct in discussing abortion and same-sex marriage than Rick Santorum was the previous night, but his remarks on these issues were still pretty abbreviated.

Huckabee was more expansive, however, in lending some of his cred as a Baptist minister to Mitt Romney. He also went after the Obama administration on the birth-control-mandate/religious-freedom issue. (This was after his dig at Debbie Wasserman Schultz, based either on the content of her politics, the sound of her voice or some combination of the two.)

Here’s what Huckabee had to say:


Let me clear the air about whether guys like me would only support an evangelical. Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care.

Friends, I know we can do better!

The attack on my Catholic brothers and sisters is an attack on me. The Democrats have brought back the old dance the "Limbo" to see how low they can go in attempting to limit our ability to practice our faith.

This isn’t a battle about contraceptives and Catholics, but of conscience and the Creator. 

I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he  takes this country. …

I can’t recall having heard President Obama being referred to as an evangelical too often. It may have been a useful rhetorical device for Huckabee, but I’m not sure how much merit there is to his suggestion that he and Obama share this label.

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