Friday, January 22, 2016

Bill O'Reilly confronts Huckabee on Cruz tithing criticism

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 11:06 AM

The dog-eat-dog Republican primary has a certain fascination quality.

Here, for example, is Fox megastar Bill O'Reilly sharply questioning former Fox gab host Mike Huckabee about his implicit criticism of Ted Cruz for insufficient charity. Reporting comes from a right-wing website founded by Glenn Beck. It is getting harder to tell the players, even with a scorecard.

O’Reilly questioned whether Huckabee has been too critical of Cruz, with the candidate pushing back and defending himself after a BuzzFeed story in which he was quoted saying that “it’s hard to say God is first in your life if he’s last in your budget.”

“I was asked a question generally and I said, ‘I don’t think you can put God last in your budget if you claim that he’s first in your life,” Huckabee told O’Reilly. “Christian stewardship is something that I believe in.”

He also said that he’s not sure he’s been too “critical” of Cruz per se, but that people who claim to be consistent must also act as such.

“Do you think Cruz is a Christian to be emulated?” O’Reilly asked, also going on to question whether Cruz is being “phony” when it comes to charitable giving and his faith. “It seems like you’re casting aspersions on him.”

Huckabee responded, “I think it’s something he needs to answer. What are his parameters of stewardship?”

Here's the Buzzfeed story. The nut of it:

According to personal tax returns released during his 2012 Senate bid, Cruz contributed less than 1% of his income to charity between 2006 and 2010 — a far cry from the 10% most evangelical leaders believe the Bible demands.

Huckabee isn't warm toward Cruz because he's cut sharply into the evangelical voter base, a field Huckabee had to himself in a surprise Iowa caucuses win in 2008.

Wonder if Mike Huckabee would release HIS tax returns? His required financial reporting for his presidential race showed $4 million in income for a 12-month period from media, books, speaking and other income streams. That would mean a $400,000 church tithe.

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