Florence, S.C. – It’s no secret that Mike Huckabee is a religious man. An ordained Baptist minister, the former Arkansas governor has worn his faith on his sleeve as a politician and media figure. Huckabee has never hesitated to delve publicly into issues ranging from his nuanced defense of creationism to the question of why a loving God would allow suffering in the world.
But even some of the most devout believers have questioned their faith at one time or another. Has Huckabee ever examines his own beliefs analytically? The Huffington Post put the question to him last week, when they spent a day with the 2016 Republican presidential candidate on the campaign trail in South Carolina for the latest installment of its original series ’16 and President.
The full episode will be posted later this week, but here is a preview as a window into Huckabee’s core convictions and thought process. His contemplative answer to this question was particularly striking in light of his decision; over the weekend, to invoke the Holocaust in arguing against the nuclear deal with Iran. Huckabee said that with the deal, President Barack Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Obama condemned Huckabee’s comment as “sad,” and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said that she was “really offended personally” by the remark. The comment and ensuing fallout were in keeping with the media environment that Huckabee has mastered, where sound bites are coin of the realm and whoever is willing to say the most incendiary things gets rewarded with the most airtime. But, given the opportunity, Huckabee can also be more pensive than glib, as his answer to The Huffington Post’s question demonstrated.