Former Governors, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, were not best buds during the 2008 campaign. No one doubts that. But since Governor Huckabee decided not to run for president this time around, it seems as if they have fixed whatever ailed their relationship. Governor Romney has appeared on Huckabee’s show, and Huckabee regularly defends Romney against unfair attacks and appears even-handed even when he disagrees with Romney. That is all well and good, and demonstrates the good will and kind demeanor of both governors.

However, Romney’s position on the murder of unborn children has not changed since his official declaration in National Review in June of 2011 that he supports the killing of some unborn children:

I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

On the other hand, Governor Huckabee has demonstrated over and over that not a single baby is expendable.

First, he wrote in 2010:

“We recognize that each life, every life, is unique and that the loss of one unique life diminishes each of us individually and collectively…. if we lose sight of the sanctity of human life, then we lose our soul…. That is why I will continue to fight, by every legal means available, for the protection of life – every life is a life worth fighting for.”

Second, Governor Huckabee hosted and his son David produced, the movie The Gift of Life, and the former governor argued that “contempt and indifference toward any life can become contempt and indifference toward every life, including yours and mine.”

Third, Governor Huckabee gave one of the most powerful defenses of human life in a single political speech one might ever hear. He spoke about the concept of human equality at the 2010 Value Voters Summit[1]:

It’s all based upon the value of every single individual. Our founders had it right. When in the Declaration of Independence they said “We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these, Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The basic idea is that there is no such thing as a person who is more valuable than another, that all of us have the same intrinsic worth, that no person is worth more because of his last name, or landownership, or occupation, or who his father was or grandfather was, or what city he came from, or what color he is, or what gender he or she may be. Nobody has greater worth because the IQ level in one person is higher than that of another.

I’d like for us to believe and surely this country can accept the fact that a child with Down’s Syndrome, a child with a severe disability—whether it’s Cerebral Palsy or any other disability—is equally as precious and valuable not only in the eyes of God but in the eyes of the rest of us, as the kid who is Mensa-level in intelligence, and could be the NFL Player of the Year.

There is no difference in the essential basic worth and value of that individual. But if those of us who truly believe that, do not continue to say…

We will not be silent on the issue of the unborn, and we will not be silent on the value of every human life from the moment of conception until the end of life.

Let it be clear I will not vote for, I will not support any candidate who does not value the worth and value of every human life and I urge you, don’t do it either.

It is easy to say these words. It is harder to mean them. I know that the pressure on Governor Huckabee to endorse Romney will be tremendous, but we as Christians cannot let fear of Obama–nor political pressure–force us into compromise. I will take Governor Huckabee’s advice: I will not vote for or support the former governor of Massachusetts, should he be the Republican nominee, because he does not believe every life is worth saving.

I believe Governor Huckabee to be a man of his word, a man of integrity, and a man of principle. He will not violate the trust so many have put in him.


[1] Quote from http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/2010archive (browse to the Huckabee speech, beginning at the 37:00 minute mark). Transcript taken from With Christ in the Voting Booth: Casting Down Imaginations Before Casting Your Vote, David J Shedlock (2012) Turretin Press

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  1. I have been one of Governor Huckabee’s strongest supporters and prayer warriors since 2007. However, I must say I have been very disappointed to hear Governor Huckabee say over and over that he will vote for Romney. This is heartbreaking to me especially when we have the opportunity to support Newt Gingrich who agrees with Governor Huckabee’s position on life and many other things. Here is what Newt said in 1995—17 years before Governor Huckabee wrote his book A Simple Government—yet it sounds like Newt is where Governor Huckabee got his premise for the book!

    Why on earth Governor Huckabee doesn’t endorse him is beyond me!!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LditnonaiQk
    …the same reliance on the obsolete, pervades most of the federal government… in regards to it’s thinking, it’s attitudes and it’s approaches to problems…
    A truly compassionate government would replace the welfare state with opportunity, because the welfare system’s greatest cost is the human cost to the poor. In the name of compassion, we have funded a system that is cruel and destroys families. It’s failure is reflected by the violence, brutality, child abuse, and drug addiction in every local TV new broadcast. Poor Americans are trapped in unsafe government housing, saddled with rules that are anti-work, anti-family, and anti-property. Let me give you some statics on this failure: Welfare spending exceeds 300 billion dollars a year, yet despite all the trillions that have been spent since 1970, the number of children in poverty has increased 40%. …welfare spending goes up and so does children born outside marriage. Year by year they track each other. The more tax money we spend on welfare, the more children are born without benefit of family and without strong bonds of love and nurturing. If money alone were the answer, this would be a paradise. But since money alone is not the answer, it should be clear that we have a moral imperative to remake the welfare system so that every American can lead a full life. After all, we believe that all men and all women are endowed by our Creator, with unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We are determined to remake this government until every child, of every racial background, in every neighborhood, in America, knows that he or she has all the opportunities of a American. I believe we have to do a number of things to become an opportunity society. We must restore freedom by ending bureaucratic micromanagement here in Washington. As any good business leader will tell you, decisions should be made as closely as possible to the source of the problem. This country is to big and to diverse for Washington to have the knowledge to make the right decision on local matters. We’ve got to return power back to you, your families, your neighborhoods, your local and state governments. We need to promote economic growth, by reducing regulation, reducing taxation, and reducing frivolous lawsuits. —Newt Gingrich 1995

    As sad as I am about Governor Huckabee’s apparent willingness to support Romney, I am sticking with Newt all the way to the convention floor in Tampa!

    “I’m in this race because I believe that values and innovation matter. Big ideas like personal Social Security accounts are an enormous opportunity to give young Americans ownership over their retirements and financial future. In order to defeat President Obama, Republicans must be willing to talk about big ideas and have the courage to take on the entrenched special interests in Washington who want more control over your life.”—Newt Gingrich

    I would rather trust that GOD will provide a Godly man who doesn’t lie, distort the truth or try to ignore his own wrong choices, actions and words. Are we to ignore the dishonesty and dishonor of Romney & Santorum in order to avoid the dishonesty and dishonor of Obama?

    “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
    —Matthew 16:26

    I’m sticking with Newt! I serve the GOD of miracles! My hope is in the LORD and I pray He uses Newt to rebuild the America we love! GO NEWT!

    “I don’t come to you as a person who is perfect. I come to you as a citizen who has sought redemption and has sought God’s love and recognizes that you have to shelter under the cross to have any hope of living a full life.” —Newt Gingrich

    “I decided in August of 1958 I would spend my life on three things: What do we need to do in order to survive as a free country; how would you explain it to the American people so they give you permission;and how would you actually implement it, if they gave you permission. I  think I am the one person who understands how big the changes have to be for America to succeed. And I think I am the one person who has had the background to actually achieving very large scale projects.”—Newt Gingrich

    Where there is no vision, the people perish. —Proverbs 29: 18.

    Let’s get behind Newt, the one who has not only talked about magnitude of the Reagan Revolution, He was there in the trenches, taking the blows and bruises on behalf of President Reagan, working hard as part of the Reagan team to uphold, enable, and empower President Ronald Reagan to accomplish what many said at the time was impossible. Michael Reagan, President Reagan’s son, as well as other notable people of that era, have stated unequivocally, that without Newt’s tenacity, forthrightness, determination and courage, even President Reagan would have given up on the goal before it was completely accomplished because of such fierce opposition from the radical left. Americans owe Newt Gingrich a huge debt of gratitude for all of his service and sacrifice for our nation.

  2. Cute post title and entertaining thoughts but I think that you forget that Huckabee is a strong Republican not a RINO. He will most certainly vote for the GOP nominee and I suspect he will openly support whoever it is.

  3. Strain at a gnat, swallow a camel.  Save the most lives you can.  What you’re suggesting means you’re killing more babies by putting Obama back in the Oval Office.  Your stance, while admirable in some respects is without wisdom and fanatical to the point you will kill more than you will help by insisting a politician agree 100% with you.  Dysfunctional.

    1. Matthew 23:23f

      Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 

      Suggesting that every baby should be saved is not straining at a gnat, although to the untrained and unspiritual eye the little baby might seem like a pesky gnat. I am not responsible for putting Obama in office. Talk to the 24% of evangelicals who last time voted for him. They don’t see the difference because “leaders” like Pat Robertson thought it great to vote Giuliani.
      One who is for the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth is no fanatic. It is  Romney that wants to kill babies, not me.  Why haven’t you directed your wrath at him?

  4. Vote your heart and conscience in the primary. Vote for your party or the lesser of two evils in the general election. Huckabee knows this.

    1. Voting for evil is still evil.  The Bible puts it this way: Shall we do evil that good should come? God Forbid.

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