In his speech to the Value Voters Summit here in Washington this morning, Mike Huckabee addressed those who say that social issues should be deemphasized while the nation was in the midst of a severe economic crisis.
Though he didn’t mention the name, his remarks were a clear response to a potential presidential rival, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who he has explicitly criticized in the past for calling for a “truce” on social issues.
Huckabee argued that the financial crisis was rooted in a moral crisis, because greed-driven bankers turned Wall Street into a casino, and had taxpayers pick up the tab when they lost their bets.
He also said that our fiscal problems represented a family crisis. As an example, he noted that children from broken homes have a higher probability of ending up in prison, which costs taxpayers more money.
As for the rest of the speech, Huckabee echoed many of the standard conservative criticisms of President Obama, taking aim at the health care law and his handling of the BP oil spill.
The speech also had flashes of Huckabee’s trademark joke-telling style. At one point, he reminded the audience of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s infamous comment that we have to pass the health care bill to find out what’s in it. Huckabee chided that he imagines what that would be like if he applied such a comment to food. “I’m gonna know what I’ve just had for lunch when I passed it,” he said, to audience laughter.