Iowa Republicans have been trying to figure out what to do after disappointing elections in 2012. 2008 Iowa Caucus winner Mike Huckabee warned them not to give up on their principle beliefs.
Huckabee spoke in Des Moines Saturday night to about 250 people at the Republican Party of Iowa's "Celebrate Life" event. Huckabee urged Republicans to stay true on opposing abortion. He said, "It's important for people to realize that the Republican Party values the dignity and worth of every human being.” Huckabee continued, "Every life has value. And so the message of pro-life is not just about abortion, it’s about celebrating every life as having great value being a gift from God with a special purpose.”
Iowans for Freedom, a group headed by former Republican State Senator Jeff Angelo, has pushed for Republicans to embrace same-sex marriage. Huckabee pushed back against efforts like those. He said, "Our views have to come from somewhere. If you’re a bible- based Christian, you don’t really have a choice. I don’t get to re-write the bible to suit culture. I think culture has to adjust itself to live to an eternal standard.”
Huckabee also addressed what he thinks of those in the gay community. He said, "I don’t have a beef with someone who wants to live the way they want to live, but I don’t want to change the definition of marriage because it's not mine to change.”
Huckabee's visits to Iowa always bring up questions about whether he would run for president again. Huckabee said he could come back to Iowa for the 2016 presidential race but it might not be for his own candidacy. He said, "We'll see. If I’m not here for myself maybe for someone else. We'll see.”
Watch Huckabee's comments on Channel 13's "The Insiders". Plus, Senator Matt McCoy, a Des Moines Democrat, and Representative Chris Hagenow, a Windsor Heights Republican address the country's changing opinions on abortion and same-sex marriage.
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