Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he hasn't decided if he's going to run for president in 2012 – yet. But he does have a plan for how the Republican Party can re-energize itself and ensure success in next year's midterm elections.
“The key thing is to have some specific proposals that we can say to the American people, 'Elect us, and here's what we're going to do,' he told Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter.
“I suggest a balanced-budget amendment, the implementation of the fair tax, which is a consumption-based tax. I think we ought to be talking about accountability, that government officials can't raise their pay at a time when the economy is going downhill. I'd love to see a law that forces members of Congress and Senate, if they run for another office they have to resign and give up their seat and their salary and their benefits if they're going to run for something other than the office they hold. I want to see term limits imposed on members of Congress so they can't stay up there forever and make a career of it.
“Those are just some basic reforms that I sure would like to put on the table and say to the people, 'If you elect Republicans, this is what we're going to propose and put forth in Congress.'”
Huckabee, who is promoting his new book, “A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit,” said the party should capitalize on the momentum provided by recent Republican electoral victories. GOP candidates won gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey on Tuesday, and many more lower-profile races. Huckabee says those results should make President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats nervous heading into the 2010 midterm elections.
I'll keep saying it until I'm blue in the face: Mike Huckabee is the man that can unite the GOP. If the blockheads on the far-Right can just shut up and listen to the man, they'll see that what he offers for Americans are solutions, not just partisan rhetoric in the sole interest of opposing the Left. And that's what most Americans want right now: jobs, less taxes, a better economy for themselves and their kids, etc. They're tired of the petty Right vs. Left bickering.