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Huckabee: Electorate 'Punishing Folks for Being Qualified'

By    |   Wednesday, 16 December 2015 04:02 PM

Mike Huckabee says the 2016 presidential race has turned into a "weird and strange" election in which Americans are punishing top-tier candidates with years of political experience.

The former Arkansas governor — demoted to CNN's GOP undercard debate because of his low polling numbers — said Wednesday in an interview on Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg:

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"Last night when we had the undercard debate, there were four of us on stage. Combined, we had over 62 years of elected experience in governing and leading, among four of us.

"That is more than twice the total combined amount of years of experience in all nine of the people on the main stage."

So why, Malzberg asked Huckabee, are he and the other undercard candidates — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania — doing so poorly?

"Because this is a weird and strange election which people are almost punishing folks for being qualified," Huckabee said.

"It's like they say, if you've ever been in politics, then we don't trust you and we don't want you. I think people are forgetting, I've never been in Washington. I'm not responsible for what you're mad at because I've never been there.

"But I have fought corruption, I fought the Clintons, I fought an overwhelmingly just extraordinary steamrolling Democratic machine. That kind of experience matters. I mean would you get on an airplane and fly somewhere with a pilot who had never been in a cockpit?"

Despite that, Huckabee said, it isn't yet time to weed out low-polling GOP performers and settle on four main candidates going forward.

"Absolutely not yet. Voters haven't even gone to cast one single vote. When people say that, then I would ask them, 'OK, well, which four?'" he said.

"You want the four that have the least experience, the least preparation to be president, is that what you're going to do, based on some opinion polls that don't mean diddly squat?

Because if that's what we're going to base it on, we would have four of the least experienced people that would end up being who to choose from."

Huckabee also lamented the the new $1.1 trillion budget deal hammered out between Congress and the White House, a budget House Speaker Paul Ryan said "advances Republican priorities."

"It's horrible. I don't know why on earth Paul Ryan would ever agree to something this horrible. We've basically just given away every Republican principle from the life question to protecting us from radical Islam," he said.

"We've given away Obamacare, we've given away transgenderism in the military. I mean I'm not sure what we got out of it, but I sure know what we've given up.

"And if I were president, I'd veto this thing and make sure they understood, don't even waste a postage stamp getting it down to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, because this one's going to come back ‘return to sender.'"

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