Joe Carter, Huckabee’s director of research, emails that if you look at the context of Huckabee’s comments on CEO salaries, “it makes is clear that he was referring to business leaders that pay themselves handsomely while running the companies into the ground.”
Carter points out that Huckabee has said:
“It does trouble me greatly, and my faith does generate this thought, that when CEOs are making 500 times the average wage of their workers, how can you justify that?” When a CEO makes $100 million while his workers lose pensions or jobs, he said, “that is immoral. That is a moral issue. I don’t know how we can call it anything other than a moral issue. That’s not free enterprise. That’s theft.”
Personally, I think when a candidate goes out of his way to call himself a Main Street rather than Wall Street Republican, it’s fair to categorize him as a populist. But you be the judge.
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