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Old 01-11-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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I don't mean this to be an overtly political thread. I not really interested in the opinions of those outside of Arkansas so that I why I am posting it here. I hope that it won't get moved to the election thread...

I keep hearing conservative commentators say that Huckabee is not really a conservative. But hearing him talk in debates and on shows he sure sounds a lot like one to me.

What do conservatives in Arkansas think of him? Do they view him as truly conservative or pretty moderate?
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Old 01-11-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I know someone who worked in Huckabee's office when he was Governor. He most definitely is a compassionate conservative. That compassion is usually what irritates the commentators. He is a very honorable person.
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Old 01-11-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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hes as conservative as conservative gets! Hes a Baptist minister afterall..lol
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:21 PM
 
Location: AR
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Usually Baptist minister and moderate don't go in the same sentence.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Hes conservative on God, gays, and guns. He has made that the center of his platform. He is unelectable because he has no appeal to anybody who is not a fundamentalist Christian.
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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Hes conservative on God, gays, and guns. He has made that the center of his platform. He is unelectable because he has no appeal to anybody who is not a fundamentalist Christian.
I hope he will close the borders, And clean America of illegals.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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I am not a fundamentalist Christian and I still like Huckabee. I appreciate his view on taxes, immigration, and the situation overseas. His religious beliefs do not effect me, so I am not going to let them get in my way of voting. If I agreed with some of Mitt Romney's policies, and decided to vote for him, I would not let the fact that he is mormon get in my way of voting. I don't think that Bill Clinton was a bad president because he supposedly cheated on his wife. He might be immoral, but once again, it doesn't effect me, so I do not let it get in the way of my political views. (Not that I voted for Bill).

Niners Fan - I agree with you. It seems that the media wants us to believe Huckabee is more liberal than the other conservative candidates, but listening to him speak, he sounds like a more moderate conservative. I definately think his views on issues are more right wing than left wing, but I'm sure he is still open-minded....as any presidential candidate should be.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:10 PM
 
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I'd say he's conservative enough. He seems a little more moderate than some, but not very much so.
In a state almost completely dominated by Democrats, any Republican would have to "play along" to a certain extent to get anything done. It's hard enough to get Arkansas Democrats to do anything, even when they're in full control. Growing up during the Clinton era, I remember Arkansas being dead last and worst in pretty much every category that a state would want to be first and best in. I know a lot of that is cultural, and goes back decades, but Clinton did nothing to improve it.
I saw a lot of improvements to the state of Arkansas under Huckabee. Obviously, the roads were much, MUCH better. Arkansas actually led most the nation in terms of internet technology... a rare moment indeed.
I'll admit I voted for him every chance that I had... if only because I thought he had a good shot at making that annoying brand of Arkansas Democrat actually do something with all those taxes they like to raise.
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Old 01-14-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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He is unelectable because he has no appeal to anybody who is not a fundamentalist Christian.
Interestingly, I'm starting to see that he does have appeal to many who are not fundamentalist Christian.

I think him being painted a "liberal" by other candidates is just political "business as usual."

My gut tells me he may well be a true "compassionate" conservative, vs. others who have made the same claim.
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Old 01-17-2008, 10:56 AM
 
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He wasn't progressive as governor, he shouldn't be experimenting with the Country.
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