Huckabee: Put Women Candidates 'On a Pedestal' and Treat Them as a 'Special Treasure'

The former Arkansas governor can't quit making headlines when talking about women.

Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee at a Faith and Freedom Coalition rally in Tampa, Fla., during the Republican National Convention.
Photo Credit: A.M. Stan

Former Arkansas Governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee says that female political candidates should be placed on a pedestal.

“I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different approach,” Huckabee told the New Republicin an interview after being asked about a Hillary Clinton presidential nomination. "For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect."

Huckabee added: “You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.” He doubled down on his remarks to Salon, saying: “I was raised to treat women with respect. I still will invite a lady to go first, will open a door for her, and will place her in the center of the photograph.”

Huckabee has made headlines before for comments about women.  In January, Huckabee criticized Democrats for insulting “the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.”

There is wide speculation that Huckabee may want to run for president in 2016 for the Republican nomination.  


Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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