Huckabee Decries Bailout, Comments on White House Race

The $700 billion bailout plan that has drawn the ire of one former presidential candidate.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee paid a visit to the area Tuesday for an event put on by the Hope Pregnancy Center. The Republican spoke not only about the prominent presidential campaign, but also about the struggling economy.

Below is a transcript of a portion of the interview:

Steve Fullhart: "How, in your opinion, have the Congress and the administration handled what is going on?

Mike Huckabee: "Well, I think it's like if you have the people who burn the Thanksgiving turkey wanting to now cook Christmas dinner, I think you say thanks, but no thanks. These are the people who messed this whole thing up by the ridiculous policies they put in place, and now they'd like $700 billion out of the taxpayers' pockets?

"We have to quit believing that Uncle Sugar can be the backstop for every bad and stupid business decision. In this case, what it means is we're pushing this problem off on our grandchildren.

I'm not saying they shouldn't do something, but let's cut the capital gains tax. Let's change the mark-to-market accounting system for companies."

SF: "There's no debate about who you're supporting in the presidential election. As far as the tone that it's taking at this point, how would you describe it, and the back and forth that's occuring between the two candidates - good or bad?"

MG: "In every election, it always gets to this point. We always say it's worse than it's ever been, and it really isn't. It's about like it's always been. I think the most important thing in this election is that Barack Obama got where he really arrived by saying he was going to run a different kind of campaign. Turns out, he's not. It's the same old slash and burn, and the fact is people need to recognize he is a middle of the road guy that he tried to present himself to be."

SF: "Slash and burn from the other side, too, in your opinion?"

MG: "I think Senator McCain has run a tough campaign, but he never tried to present himself as a guy that was going to be the second coming of a new type of politics.

"There have been moments I've not totally agreed with the McCain campaign strategy, and I've said so publicly. Frankly, I didn't think he should have said, 'you bet I'm going to the debate.' But those are tactical decisions that I think he can recover from."

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