by Steven Ertelt
November 23, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — When it comes to the Republican presidential candidates, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee insists in a new interview that he is the strongest. He says that’s because none of the other top-tier GOP hopefuls support a human life amendment to the Constitution as he does.
While Rudy Giuliani is clearly pro-abortion, the human life amendment has been a sticky subject among the leading pro-life Republican candidates.
Huckabee has sought to use it to separate himself from the pack.
He points out that both former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson support overturning Roe v. Wade but don’t go along with the Constitutional amendment.
Romney has said it is a long-term goal and Thompson has said he opposes an amendment and has overturning Roe as his top pro-life goal.
Those positions put Huckabee at the top of the list of pro-life candidates, he told the Washington Examiner in a Friday interview.
"If abortion is a political issue, and that’s all it is, then fine, have 50 versions," Huckabee said. "But if we have determined, as many of us have, that it’s a moral issue, then you can’t have 50 different versions of what’s right and what’s wrong."
Huckabee told the newspaper that abortion was similar to slavery and that a prohibition on owning slaves needed to be a national issue as well.
He said he is "without a doubt" more strongly pro-life because of his stance on the amendment.