What exactly are his credentials to be president? Call me picky, but I’d like my president to at least have a middle school understanding of history.
On Cuba, Thompson criticized Huckabee, who in 2002 asked President Bush to lift the embargo against that country, saying it “has not helped the people of Cuba.”
“He thinks we should lift the embargo against Castro. I disagree with that,” Thompson said today at the Bay of Pigs Museum in Miami. “I think it raises issues when politicians change their views on a dime to appeal to a particular group of people right before an election.” The governor recently issued a statement saying he supports the embargo.
Huckabee defended himself in Miami this morning, according to CBS News’ Joy Lin, saying his “major concern” in 2002 was to try and “revive a sagging economy” impacted by the recession. “Our rice markets were in trouble…At that time, my primary responsibility was simply to hear the concerns unique to my state,” he said.
Since then, Huckabee said, he had been able to find new markets for the rice market by going to Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea to find Asian markets for the state’s rice. Another reason for the policy change, explained Huckabee, was that he was “really not that aware” of the issues the issues that exist between Cuba and the United States.
“Being in Arkansas, that’s not one of the issues I am in close proximity with,” he said.
In 2002 he was unaware of the issues between us and Cuba that stretch back to 1959? And he’s running for president? Bryan:
Can we reasonably expect Huckabee to know the difference between a Shia and Sunni and how that might be relevant in the world today? Is that asking too much of someone who wants to run the foreign policy of the United States of America?
Let’s review: He thought AIDS could be transmitted through casual contact. He hadn’t heard about the new NIE until he was briefed by a reporter, going on to claim it’s four years old. Part of his immigration plan involves giving responsibilities to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which no longer exists. Now he says he didn’t know about the issues between the U.S. and Cuba as late as 2002. It just keeps getting better…