Huckabee:"You know Michael, one of the things that's troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, 'Hey look, you know, we're having children, we're not married, but we're having these children, and they're doing just fine,'" Huckabee said. "But there aren't really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that's the story that we're not seeing, and it's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock [sic]."
Huckabee made this comment during the same interview where he misstated where Obama was raised. Huckabee has now issued a clarifying statement.
"In a recent media interview about my new book, A Simple Government, I discussed the first chapter, 'The Most Important Form of Government Is a Father, Mother, and Children,'" Huckabee said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I was asked about Oscar-winner Natalie Portman's out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar trophy and I am glad she will marry her baby's father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not "slam" or "attack" Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country."I think Huckabee is correct in his original statement about there being a risk of glamorizing single motherhood. Time and time again we witness the struggle single mothers must endure and not always successfully. That being said, I think if Huckabee is seriously considering running in 2012 then he has to watch out for getting into big battles over social issues.
I am not saying that social conservative issues are not important [they inevitably ties into economic issues], but anyone looking to beat Obama will have to have "focus like a laser" on economic issues. Big battles over social issues will only help to create distractions for the left to muddy the waters. In just one interview, Huckabee has now created two distracting topics for the left.
Via: The Fix