Mike Huckabee Casts Himself As Protector Of Medicare, Social Security
In declaring his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, the preacher, TV host and former governor pledged to protect popular but increasingly costly programs for older Americans, putting him at odds with several of his rivals.
The New York Times:
Huckabee Vows To Protect Programs For Older Americans
Mike Huckabee drew roaring cheers from supporters on Tuesday as the latest entrant in a sprawling field of Republican presidential candidates by declaring himself the guardian of so-called entitlement programs, warning, “Let them end their own congressional pensions, not your Social Security!” But his pledge to fend off any tinkering with the popular Social Security and Medicare programs put him at odds with his Republican opponents, exposing growing fault lines in the party over an issue that has long been considered a political third rail. (Haberman, 5/6)
Los Angeles Times:
Mike Huckabee Joins White House Race, Sets Sights On 'Higher Ground'
If elected president, Huckabee pledged to not cut Social Security and Medicare benefits and to overhaul the tax system. A balanced federal budget, term limits on the judiciary and Congress, and a muscular foreign policy would also be top priorities, he said. (Mehta, 5/5)