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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mike Huckabee: Both sides now

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 10:37 AM

During an appearance this week at the Clinton School, former Gov. Mike Huckabee denied that his religious faith affected his clemency decisions. He said he was less likely to grant clemency to those who claimed religiouis conversion, such as the case of serial violent offender, Maurice Clemmons, who's believed to have killed four Washington police officers. Huckabee said he was "not too much of a believer in jailhouse and foxhole religion."

What tangled webs we weave. Ron Breeding at KUAR dug up on old interview in which Huckabee said he couldn't deny that his belief in redemption played a role in his decisions.

You can see Huckabee's full remarks at the Clinton School on our video player or on our YouTube account.

Add a flip to Huckabee's flip-flop.

John Brummett's column tomorrow will examine Huckabee's clemency thoughts further and relate comments from a post-speech interview. One relevant passage:

I challenged him on what he'd said publicly -- that his religion-based affinity for the notion of personal redemption was not the motivation in his hyperactive record of shortening prison sentences.


He said oh, OK, it is true that his faith affects everything he does. But he objected to this idea that, because he's a preacher, he was a sucker for professed prison conversions.



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