In a recent interview, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in on the possibility of impeaching Barack Obama. He told radio host Steve Deace that while he “absolutely” believes such a result is warranted, he does not believe a Democrat-controlled Senate would ever allow the process to gain traction.
“There’s no doubt that he’s done plenty of things worthy of impeachment,” Huckabee affirmed. “Now the fact is, we don’t have the Senate, so even if you impeached him in the House and it went to trial in the Senate, it would never even get to the floor because [Majority Leader] Harry Reid has been sitting on 357 pieces of legislation passed by the House Republicans.”
While Huckabee, often included in lists of potential GOP presidential hopefuls in the 2016 election season, took a realistic view on the issue, it is clear he wants to see Obama held accountable for his unconstitutional actions as president.
He concluded that “it’s an important argument to make that there are a number of things that this president has done in the overuse of executive power – his complete ignoring of the law.”
Specifically, Huckabee cited Obama’s convoluted response to his troubled healthcare law as evidence that he deserves to be impeached.
“This is a president who passes ObamaCare and when the Republicans want to change it, the answer is ‘It’s the law of the land,’” he said, “until it isn’t the law of the land, until he wants to give over 40 exemptions to his pals. Well, you can’t do that.”
While Huckabee recognized the appeal such unilateral power poses, he said an ethical leader must do what he knows is right.
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“My gosh, when I was governor for the 10 and a half years I served, I would love to have been able to just make up the law as it suited me,” he concluded. “But I put my hand on the Bible and I swore that I would uphold the Constitution, not my … own opinions.”
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