And while former Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee is also a friend, his record of consistently voting against tort reform; opposing the impeachment of Bill Clinton for perjury; supporting opponents of Reagan (Ford and Baker) in 1976 and 1980; and failing to support federal constitutional amendments that would ban abortion and gay marriage doesn't exactly make him "the only true conservative."
To be fair, even if Reagan himself were running today, he likely couldn't dodge liberal labeling, especially for his signing of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to aliens who had resided in the U.S. before 1982.
As I've shown already in my past WorldNetDaily columns, most liberal accusations against Mike Huckabee's record on immigration, taxes and crime also are biased, out-of-context rushes to judgment.
The complete record and platform of this former Arkansas governor reveal a tried-and-true conservative. He has consistently stood for pro-life, pro-education, pro-military, pro-death penalty, pro-God, pro-constitutional, pro-Middle America, pro-small business, pro-marriage and pro-legal immigration positions. He also has stood for less government, less taxes and fiscal solvency.
As Huckabee himself summarized, "Now, if that's not conservative, somebody needs to hand me a new book and show me what conservatism is about."
But who better to discern a conservative than one who knew Reagan better than Limbaugh, Thompson or most of us: Ed Rollins, he who led Reagan to victory in 1984 and is now the national campaign manager for Huckabee. Rollins already testified about Huckabee, "I was with the old Reagan, and I can promise you this man comes as close as anyone to filling those shoes."
That's why I am endorsing Mike, encouraging others to learn about him through his Web site and inviting all who can join Mike and me in person or via the Internet Sunday, Jan. 20, at my ranch for an old-fashioned Texas-style barbecue and fundraiser in support of "The People's President": Mike Huckabee. Learn how by going to www.chuck4huckbbq.com.
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