Mike Huckabee - Position Changes

[Editor's Note: On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, while the Iowa caucus results were being reported, Mike Huckabee announced the suspension of his presidential campaign via Twitter. He wrote, "I am officially suspending my campaign. Thank you all for your loyal support."]

We are not suggesting that position changes are good or bad. We understand they are important to voters, which is why we have included them. We list the current position as Now X (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con) and the former position as Formerly Y (Pro, Con, or Not Clearly Pro or Con).
Now Pro

"These are untrustworthy people who have never kept an agreement in their lives. They oppress their people, they kick their people in the groin. You don't go around and make friends and nice with people who do horrible things. You put pressure on them. You don't release the pressure... My gosh, if my parents had raised me that way—I'd have been a monster. My parents corrected my bad behavior, they didn't encourage it by rewarding me with ice cream and candy every time I did something horrible. So when you've got the Iranians or the Cubans doing terrible things to their people, you don't give them ice cream and candy, for Heaven's sake."
Source: Jesse Byrnes, "Huckabee: US Giving Iran and Cuba 'Ice Cream and Candy,'" thehill.com, Mar. 7, 2015

Formerly Con

"The United States' policy of unilateral embargo against Cuba continues to harm our own agricultural and business interests here at home and has certainly not helped the people of Cuba"
Source: Feb. 14, 2002 letter to President George H.W. Bush (as reported by the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, and others)

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Now Not Clearly Pro or Con

"I've seen interviews with people saying they'd have no trouble carrying out a death sentence on a mother. People often speak as if they would gladly conduct an execution. I seriously doubt it. And I know a little more about the subject than most of some of the tough talkers. In ten and a half years as a governor, I had to carry out the death penalty sixteen times. And no matter how you think you would react, when you pick up the pen and sign your name to a death warrant that starts in motion a decision that is going to end in the death of a human being, you think about it. And when the IV line is in the veins of the condemned person, and your verbal command results in the injection of lethal drugs, it's not so simple. In the four to ten minutes until death is pronounced, time stands still. One of the executions that I had to preside over was one of only twelve women executed in modern times. She was a mother and had killed her two children. She refused to accept any legal assistance to stop her execution. Now people can talk about how certain they are about deciding on a death sentence. It's because they've never had to do it. I don't understand how the Casey Anthony jury could find her not guilty on all the charges, including manslaughter. But I also don't understand how people could possibly think it would be easy to take a life of a mother, even one who killed her child. And, God help us all if that ever gets to be easy."
Source: FoxNews, "Huckabee: Truth about the Death Penalty," video.foxnews.com, July 11, 2011

Formerly Pro

"I believe there is a place for a death penalty. Some crimes are so heinous, so horrible that the only response that we, as a civilized nation, have for a most uncivil action is not only to try to deter that person from ever committing that crime again, but also as a warning to others that some crimes truly are beyond any other capacity for us to fix."
Source: Republican Presidential Debate, St. Petersburg, Florida, hosted by CNN and YouTube.com, Nov. 28, 2007

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Now Not Clearly Pro or Con

"[Mike Huckabee: T]his idea of recreational marijuana — well let's let Colorado have at it for a few years and let's see how that works out for them... The best way to determine whether this is good public policy is to do what the founders envisioned, and that's let states become laboratories of democracy.

[Host] Are you willing to change the federal law to allow that to happen?

[Huckabee] I'm willing to let states operate under the 10th Amendment, and I'm willing for the states, if they think that marijuana and the legalization of it is a great thing, you know, I'm willing for them to experiment and find out. And it if it works and it turns out that the presence of recreational marijuana makes them a more prosperous state... well heck, we may just all want to reach out there and grab that.

[Host] But you don't think that's going to happen. [Huckabee] I probably don't think so.”
Source: KCII, "KCII Close up: Mike Huckabee," www.youtube.com, Oct. 17, 2015

Formerly Con

"You know, I don't support the idea of legalizing marijuana, so I want to be honest about that. I don't think that there are as many wonderful things to come from it as there are some dangers to come from it."
Source: GLASSBOOTHdotORG, "Mike Huckabee on Federal Raids for Medical Marijuana," www.youtube.com, Jan. 19, 2008

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