Mike Huckabee Calls Himself 'Paradoxical Republican'

And what I have objected to in the past is when we are punishing the children for the laws that maybe their parents have broken.

I do have a problem with that.

Stephanopoulos: Governor Romney is considering saying that the children of illegal immigrants shouldn't automatically become citizens.

What do you think about that?

Huckabee: Maybe that should be looked at. I mean, if people are rushing across the border, illegally, delivering a baby and then saying, "Whew, now we're here."

I think that's a little disingenuous to the concept of really being a naturally-born U.S. citizen.

But it's not an issue that I have put a stake in the ground and said: This is how we ought to handle it.

Stephanopoulos: Let me ask you another question about Governor Romney. His religion, he's a Mormon, has become -- is going to become a big part of this campaign, clearly.

You're a Southern Baptist, a former Southern Baptist preacher. And that denomination teaches, I believe, that Mormonism is a cult.

How bit a hurdle is that going to be for Governor Romney in this campaign?

Huckabee: Well, you know, I'm not sure. And I don't know that anyone knows.

What I can tell you is about my faith and what it means. And I think people ought to look at every person who runs for office and they ought to ask them questions about who they are and what they are about and what drives their decisions.

I'm not as troubled by a person who has a different faith. I'm troubled by a person who tells me their faith doesn't influence their decisions. Because if a person says to me, "Here's my faith, but it doesn't influence me at all," what it says to me is: "My faith isn't very significant."

Stephanopoulos: How does it influence yours?

Huckabee: It totally drives it. It makes everything click for me.

And that will explain to you why I have a passion for life. But it means that my pro-life position doesn't end at the birth canal; that I believe that life is more than a gestation period. I believe life begins at conception; I just don't think it ends at birth.

And that's why, as a governor, I've fourth hard to see children have medical insurance and decent schools and safe neighborhoods and drinking water and affordable housing, because that's consistent with me being pro-life. I don't want to see some single mom, you know, worry and struggle that she's not going to be able to have food for her kids. I don't want some wife to have the daylights beaten out of her by some abusive husband and have nowhere to turn.

Those are things that are driven because of my faith. That's not a political position. It's a faith position.

Stephanopoulos: Mayor Giuliani said he hates abortion, but he's pro-choice.

Is that position a game-ender in the Republican primaries?

Huckabee: We'll find out in this election, it looks like, because it's going to be an issue that will clearly separate some of the candidates.

But I'm pro-life because I think it's consistent with who we are as an American people. We are a culture and a civilization that celebrates life. We cherish our children's lives. We grieve when they die.

I think it is the great contrast between us and, frankly, the Islamic fascists, who would strap a bomb to their own children's chest and march them into a room full of innocent people and blow them up and then be proud of their children's martyrdom, and think somehow that that's a great thing and it's going to give them a special place in heaven.

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