December 14, 2007
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REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MIKE HUCKABEE DESCRIBES “INTENSE SCRUTINY” ON HIS FAITH ON NPR NEWS ALL THINGS CONSIDERED TODAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

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December 14, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tells NPR host Robert Siegel in an interview airing later today that: "There seems to be a great deal more attention on – really an intense scrutiny on – the details of my faith, than there is on anybody else's, including Mitt Romney's. Everyday there is some new nuance about the Baptist faith, some statement I made 15, 20, 25 years ago that gets a lot of attention." The interview with Huckabee is airing this afternoon on NPR News All Things Considered.

On the involvement of the federal government in the mortgage crisis, Huckabee says: "I think you would do similar to what the Bush administration has done. You wouldn't bail people out with other people's taxpayer money. You would ask those parties to sit down and find out if there a way they can resolve it."

He continues: "There are consequences for people's actions. If I drive 95 miles per hour and drive on icy roads, there are consequences. And there are a lot of consequences that the government can't fix. A government that can do everything for you, is a government that can take everything from you. We don't want that kind of government."

On foreign relations with Iran, Huckabee says: “All options have to be on the table, but before we bomb them we ought to bankrupt them. There are a number of ways that we ought to attempt to resolve this short of military action, but you just don't tell what you're going to do or what you're never going to do."

All excerpts must be credited to NPR News All Things Considered. Television usage must include on-screen NPR News credit with NPR logo. The audio of the interview will be available at approximately 7 PM (ET) at www.NPR.org All Things Considered, NPR's signature afternoon news magazine, reaches 11 million listeners weekly, and is hosted by Melissa Block, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel. To find local stations and broadcast times, visit www.NPR.org/stations