Setting Himself Apart

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Former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spoke out on NPR Wednesday against changing the 14th amendment. A stance that differs greatly from that of many high profile Republicans such as John Kyl (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The former Governor even went as far as to state, ” “You do not punish a child for something the parent did.”

As the nation takes a look at it’s immigration issues it is sure to be a hot button topic going into the mid-term elections and has no signs of slowing headed into the showdown in 2012. Huckabee’s split from the consensus of some of the most high profile members of his party certainly will set him apart from the rest should he decide to make a run at the GOP’s 2012 nomination.

In a time when many conservative voters are calling for an end to illegal immigration and an end to birthright citizenship, the Governor stated “”The question is: Is [an undocumented child born outside of the U.S.] better off going to college and becoming a neurosurgeon or a banker or whatever he might become, and becoming a taxpayer, and in the process having to apply for and achieve citizenship, or should we make him pick tomatoes?” “I think it’s better if he goes to college and becomes a citizen.”

Huckabee stated that he does not support amnesty but does not support repealing an amendment to the Constitution either.

It is a stance that sets him apart from many in his party and from the opinions of many of the conservative voters he will need to make a serious run in 2012. If it will help or hurt has yet to be determined. What has been determined however, is that Mike Huckabee is not going to tow the line on the subject. A decision that could end up hurting his chances should he decide to make another run at the White House.

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