Mike Huckabee Best Quotes

Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee is an American author and politician who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries. Enjoy Mike Huckabee’s best quotes below.

Mike Huckabee
“The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.”
“Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That’s the American way. It’s not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity.”
“It’s when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached.”
“A leader is the one who can outline the broad vision and the direction, and say here’s where we are going to go, here’s why we need to go there, and here’s how we are going to get there. A manager is the one who actually gets up under the hood and tunes the carburetor.”
“I was in Christian broadcasting back in the 1970s. I was director of communications for James Robinson, and I really thought Christian broadcasting was going to be my career. There have been so many twist and turns in my life; of course I haven’t been a pastor for almost 22 years, but it was a very important part of my life.”
“I’m in this wonderful place of life, where everything I’m doing is something I do because I enjoy it.”
“Prayer’s important, not just as some kind of a metaphysical exercise, but I think it’s a way to refresh one’s own mind and motive. If you’re praying, you’re really looking beyond your own personal thoughts and the pressures that are around you.”
“I’ve never, ever tasted beer.”
“Inside every human being there are treasures to unlock.”
“Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”
“One thing governors feel, Democrats and Republicans alike, is that we have a health care system that, if you’re on Medicaid, you have unlimited access to health care, at unlimited levels, at no cost. No wonder it’s running away.”
“I was a timid little guy when I was a kid. I used humor as a defense; I became the class clown. But deep inside, I felt real vulnerable.”
“Divorce is one of the key predictors of poverty for a child growing up in a home that’s broken.”
“Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ And I think a lot of people don’t understand that there’s a difference between a peace lover and a peacemaker. Everybody loves peace, but wearing jewelry around your neck and saying ‘I love peace’ doesn’t bring it.”
“I think that whether someone is a Christian or not, the idea that a human life has dignity and intrinsic worth should be clear enough.”
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools.”
“Fear is a very explosive emotion, but it has a short life span. It’s the sprint. The marathon is hope.”
“I wish we would all remember that being American is not just about the freedom we have; it is about those who gave it to us.”
“The health care system is really designed to reward you for being unhealthy. If you are a healthy person and work hard to be healthy, there are no benefits.”
“You know, in my hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the three sacred heroes were Jesus, Elvis, and FDR, not necessarily in that order.”
“Now, have I ever been tempted to break into a Krispy Kreme doughnut store in the middle of the night? Oh, yeah. God help us if I had a minibar stocked with cheesecake and chicken-fried steak.”
“As a governor, I’ve signed virtually every kind of pro-life legislation that we can sign under existing federal law, none of which have been harsh or punitive, but I think they’ve been important to really point out a pro-life culture in Arkansas. That’s, for me, a good thing.”
“Beyonce is incredibly talented – gifted, in fact. She has an exceptional set of pipes and can actually sing. She is a terrific dancer – without the explicit moves best left for the privacy of her bedroom.”
“Ronald Reagan said, ‘Trust, but verify.’ President Obama is ‘trust, but vilify.’ He trusts our enemies and vilifies everyone who disagrees with him.”
“Politics has become unbelievably and unfortunately way too much about how much money is involved rather than what kind of ideas are involved.”
“I support workplace clean air. But a federal ban on smoking would mean that you couldn’t smoke in your own home. I don’t care what people do in their home.”
“Prayer reminds me it’s not just about me. It’s about all the people with whom I share this planet, and all of whom God has created, and all of whom he cares just as much about as he cares about me.”
“I think at the heart of the pro-life movement is the idea that all people are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights starting with life.”
“If the Democrats want to insult women by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it.”
“If consumers make better choices, the marketplace will change.”
“I’ve said that, that I’ve felt like as Christians and particularly even as Republicans, we needed to address issues that touched the broader perspective, and that included disease, hunger, poverty, homelessness, the environment.”
“I think people forget that bipartisanship is really the burden of the victor, not the loser.”
“No one is more important to the future of our state than our teachers.”
“Do you realize that if we could increase just by 50 percent the number of adults who have a college degree, it would add $5 billion to the economy and it would result in a net income to the state of Arkansas of $340 million a year?”
“I have a little pocket Bible that I have with me all the time in my briefcase, and so usually in the mornings, sometimes on the campaign bus or plane, I always try to catch some time to do that regularly.”
“I want to say with the utmost of sincerity, not as a Republican, but as an American, that I have great respect for Senator Obama’s historic achievement to become his party’s nominee, not because of his color, but with indifference to it.”
“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach. For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect… You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.”
“I’m not against anybody. I’m really not. I’m not a hater. I’m not homophobic. I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives.”
“Your vote can’t be separated from your faith.”
“How could I get up there and say, ‘People, we’ve got to do better,’ when I was the poster child for everything that was wrong? I’ve always believed leaders don’t ask others to do what they’re unwilling to do.”
“The best way is to say that as a Christian for me the essence of Christian faith is that you treat others as if you wish to be treated.”
“All of my children are ideologically and politically in sync with me, they all have authentic Christian faith. It’s something I’m very grateful for.”
“To me, there are four F’s in a good tax system: it ought to be flatter, fairer, finite and family-friendly.”
“I did every diet: Atkins. Cabbage-soup diet. Dean Ornish. But I couldn’t live the rest of my life like a rabbit.”
“Arkansas is a state where politics is retail.”
“Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent, capable of doing anything that anybody else can do.”
“Doesn’t matter whether it’s a teen girl who’s pregnant, hasn’t told her parents, or an elderly couple dealing with one of them being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those are real people to me. Those are the people I dealt with every single day.”
“Christian conservatives care about their families eating. They’re concerned about energy independence. They’re concerned about functional government.”
“I love my kids; I’m very close to all three of them.”
“I’m one of the strongest advocates for the arts you’ll ever find!”
“The Bible, however, was not created to be amended and altered with each passing culture.”
“The fact is, my friends, most Americans don’t want more government. They want less government.”
“There are three basic prerequisites that almost guarantee… that a child won’t have a day of poverty. If a person gets married and remains married in a monogamous relationship for life, finishes high school, gets a job, and keeps a job for at least five years, there’s a 91 percent likelihood that a… child in that family will not have poverty.”
“I would describe myself as a ‘total conservative, a conscientious one.’”
“I’ve always suggested if you can’t stand the sight of your own blood, don’t run for office.”
“I continue to do something I’ve done since I was 18, and that is read a chapter of Proverbs every day as part of my daily devotion. I still maintain that.”
“If I had quietly retired as governor in 2007 and went into banking or something of that nature, I would have been, at most, a footnote in the story and probably never mentioned.”
“A lot of people really like Jeb Bush. I’m one of them. I think Jeb Bush is a great guy. He was a terrific governor in Florida. He’s smart. He’s articulate. So I can certainly understand why people would him an attractive candidate.”
“A political race today, even a primary, is $150 million. The whole political system has become obscene in terms of the absurd amount of money that is required to compete. Just put it on ESPN and call it a sporting event.”
“I’m an independent conservative. And what I mean by that – when I think we’re right, I’m with us all the way, and I am a conservative. And I think my record reflects that.”
“So when we’re really addressing issues like poverty, you can’t do that without addressing the real driver of some of those, which is stable homes, families. So that’s why to me those issues are important. They’re not frivolous. They’re critical economic issues.”
“There is an increasing push to compartmentalize faith separately from our life in the public square – and it’s not possible – at least, it’s not possible if we continue the American tradition of true individual freedom, which also implies individual responsibility. Without an objective moral standard, that’s not possible.”
“Things that have happened with Enron and companies like that, where they’ve squandered their employees’ pension funds, I think it has brought a new level of anxiety. People don’t feel like they can trust their employer.”
“Libido is a normal part of being human. Nothing scandalous about it. But without it, in either women or men, would there be a demand for birth control?”
“Regardless of Bill Clinton’s politics or personal life, he grew up in obscurity and was elected to the presidency – twice. Don’t take that away from him, because then you take it away from every other kid in America sitting out there in a school bus with a big dream.”
“The United States of America was originally an experiment. But it was an experiment in recognizing God-given individual liberty and creating a government in which we no one is deemed better than another. And in which all of us are equal. Not equal in abilities, but equal in intrinsic worth and value.”
“Barack Obama seems intent on enrolling more people on food stamps. Mitt Romney’s focus is going to be on generating more jobs that will make food-stamps unnecessary for them.”
“For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government-funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system.”
“I do believe God has given me an incredible opportunity and a platform in a secular environment but still to take a stand for Christ and being a blessing to believers.”
“I hurt my knee, and that messed up my running, and boy did that ever just have a cascade effect. I’ve gained about thirty pounds that my doctors have screamed at me about. I’ve got to get that off, and I know that.”
“I never, ever, had a person who could come up with the name of a person who could not get a job because an illegal immigrant had stepped in front of them, because it was either a job that person didn’t want to do or didn’t exist.”
“I’m always flattered when people on the far Left manufacture a new version of being ‘offended.’ They can be quite creative in finding something that hurts their feelings.”
“I find it unnecessary, useless and frankly a bit unnecessary to get into all sorts of debates over President Obama’s religion or the authenticity of his birth. I know for some people that it is an obsession. It is not with me.”
“I think a lot of people in America do not understand that the basis of true liberty can’t happen without an objective moral standard by which we live our lives.”
“Marriage has historically, as long as there’s been human history, meant a man and a woman in a relationship for life. Once we change that definition, then where does it go from there?”
“Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined.”
“A Republican in my state of Arkansas feels about as out of place as Michael Vick at the West Minister dog show.”
“I say Republicans aren’t right all the time. Democrats aren’t wrong all the time – now, maybe most of the time, but not all the time.”
“Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”
“I’m a strong advocate for music. I think guitars are wonderful.”
“The biggest gap there is in America is not economic; the gap is spiritual and cultural.”
“We have deep roots in Arkansas, and I’ll always be a Razorback.”
“Families out there know that if they get in trouble and they’ve spent up a bunch of money and they’ve borrowed and they are up to hock to their necks, the thing they’ve got to do is start paying off what they owe and cut back their spending.”
“For me, running for office is never about trying to destroy an opponent, be it Democratic or Republican. It really ought to be about how can we solve some problems that we’re facing.”
“I’m not a reckless person, in the sense that I wouldn’t do something that’s reckless or dangerous, because I’m a pretty careful person. For example, I don’t snow ski. I did it once, and I promised God I’d never do it again if I lived through it.”
“Americans different in some maybe thoughts or emphasis still have the same ideas. They want a government that lets them be free, that leaves them alone, that doesn’t interrupt and interfere with every aspect of their life, that lets them go to work and keep more of what they’ve worked hard to have.”
“George Bush didn’t campaign on, ‘If you elect me, I’m going to be a great president to confront terrorism and launch a war in the Middle East’ because nobody was thinking about it in the year 2000. But it became the defining issue of his presidency.”
“Government shouldn’t try to dictate what art looks like or what it portrays. Last thing we want is government screwing it up, which is what they would do.”
“I grew up in a family in which no male upstream from me had ever finished high school, much less gone to college. But I was taught that even though there was nothing I could do about what was behind me, I could change everything about what was in front of me. My working poor parents told me that I could do better.”
“I have great respect for people who live out their beliefs. For example, Ed Begley Jr. is an environmentalist, but he really lives his lives, and is he very prudent in the way he lives. He’s cautious. He’s not like an Al Gore that flies around in a private jet and burns 20,000 gallons a day on his jet.”
“I have often been characterized by one sound bite, and people say, ‘That is the whole of Mike Huckabee, because we have him on this off-the-cuff moment.’”
“I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were OK.”
“I’m not against gifts that entertain, but I really believe that some of the most valuable gifts that we can give are the things that help us to develop a skill and be entertaining.”
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Bono for the past few years in the One Campaign to fight AIDS and hunger and disease around the world. Bono is an Irishman and a great humanitarian. And I remember him telling me of his admiration for America.”
“My kids have moved more in their twenties, you know, than my parents have moved in nearly 40-something years of marriage before they died. So there’s a part of me that laments what we have lost, and that is a sense of community.”
“One of the things about politics, when you’re actually there, you realize, you’re on a high wire and there is no net under you. On any given day, your campaign can implode for something that happens inadvertently or even intentionally.”
“Well, for me the pro-life issue has been something I’ve been very passionate about since the ’70s, and I have been very involved in the pro-life community since long before politics.”
“I think America is in trouble, but it’s not beyond repair. But it’s going to take leadership who sees the greatness of this country and who believes that, once again, we can be one nation under God.”
“I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother’s womb is a person at the moment of conception.”
“I’m still one who says that we can get rid of the Internal Revenue Service if we would pass the fair tax, which is a tax on consumption rather than a tax on people’s income, and move power back where the founders believed it should have been all along.”
“If Congress wants to mess with the retirement program, why don’t we let them start by changing their retirement program, and not have one, instead of talking about getting rid of Social Security and Medicare that was robbed $700 billion dollars to pay for Obamacare.”
“Nobody in this country is on Social Security because they made the decision when they were starting work at 14 that they wanted to trust some of their money with the government. The government took it out of their check whether they wanted them to or not.”
“One of the reasons that Social Security is in so much trouble is that the only funding stream comes from people who get a wage. The people who get wages is declining dramatically. Most of the income in this country is made by people at the top who get dividends and – and capital gains.”
“The fact is there are a lot of things happening at the federal level that are absolutely beyond the jurisdiction of the Constitution. This is power that should be shifted back to the states, whether it’s the EPA – there is no role at the federal level for the Department of Education.”
“The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is kill people and break things. It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse. The purpose is to protect America.”
“The problem is we have a Wall Street-to-Washington access of power that has controlled the political climate. The donor class feeds the political class who does the dance that the donor class wants. And the result is federal government keeps getting bigger.”

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