Skip to comments.Huckabee retreats on birthright citizenship
Posted on 01/09/2008 6:45:10 AM PST by 3AngelaD
Mike Huckabee yesterday contradicted his own top immigration surrogate, announcing he will not support a constitutional amendment to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal aliens.
It was a stark reversal after The Washington Times reported that James Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, said Huckabee promised to pursue an amendment to the Constitution. In an article in yesterday's editions, Huckabee's spokeswoman did not challenge the former Arkansas governor's statements to Gilchrist...But by yesterday afternoon, Huckabee had backed away..."I do not support an amendment to the Constitution that would prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens. I have no intention of supporting a constitutional amendment to deny birthright citizenship," Mr. Huckabee said...
The Times reported that Gilchrist, in a conversation while campaigning with Mr. Huckabee last week, pinned down the Republican presidential candidate on various immigration stances, including how he would address what most legal scholars see as the 14th Amendment's guarantee of citizenship to any person born in the United States, except for diplomatic situations.
Gilchrist said Huckabee promised to bring a test case to the Supreme Court...and would press Congress to pass an amendment to the Constitution.... Huckabee also said on CNN that he hasn't given much thought to the issue of birthright citizenship. But he previously had taken a position in an interview with The Times in Iowa in August.
"I would support changing that. I think there is reason to revisit that, just because a person, through sheer chance of geography, happened to be physically here at the point of birth, doesn't necessarily constitute citizenship," he said at the time, according to the audiotape of the interview. "I think that's a very reasonable thing to do, to revisit that."
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Anybody surprised by this one?
Only those not taken in by the Huckster didn’t see this coming.
As I pointed out yesterday, he thinks we are THAT STUPID.
Only those taken in by the Huckster didn't see this coming.
Isn’t Gilchrest kind of a loose cannon? He may have just been shooting off his mouth.
Another reason not to vote for him.
You have got to be kidding me. How long did this take? 2 days?
I think that all of us knew about the huckster. Anyone surprised? Now we’ll find out what kind of person James Gilchrist really is. Will he continue to support Huckabee?
That was my thought as well. It wouldn’t shock me if Huckabee did flip flop, but it appears Huckabee himself never said he in favor of such an amendment.
I’m so shocked by this. Really. I swear.
Yes, he does. Apparently he fooled some in Iowa. And media loves him. If Thompson or Hunter’s son had covered up the hanging of a dog, it would be front page and lead story on cabel news.
Are we suppose to be surprised?
Fred is the man.
My question is why does he need to flip-flop at all when he is onl record as wanting to colonize America with illegal aliens to make atonement for slavery? Wouldn’t they all be citizens under the Huckster plan without the need to be actually born here?
Read the last two paragraphs, above, of this post. I think the statement, “I would support changing that....” is fairly straightforward.
Now well find out what kind of person James Gilchrist really is.
Well, at least, this story answers a question I had about Gilchrist’s surprising support of the Huckster.
The guy standing in the middle could be a John Candy double.