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Huckabee: America is 'economically sick'
Kathy A. Bolten May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Ia. -- Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee painted a grim picture Tuesday of the future of the United States, saying to a group of supporters that "we've gone from hope to lower ground" in the past six years.

The message appeared to resonate with the 50 people who attended the 7:30 a.m. breakfast meet-and-greet at the Pipac Centre in Cedar Falls' technology park.

"I liked his message," said Duane Wessels, a Waterloo retiree. "I think he can turn the country around. It's going to be a difficult task but he has the experience to do it."

The morning event was the first of four planned in Iowa on Tuesday by Huckabee. He is also visiting Marshalltown, Story City and Johnston. Huckabee, 59, is one of six Republicans who have announced they are vying for the GOP presidential nomination. At least eight others are contemplating runs.

Huckabee's message Tuesday morning continued the theme of his speech the previous evening when he said at The Family Leadership's regional summit that Americans' religious liberties were being threatened by the government.

"I do believe there is an assault against the basic fundamental liberties of the United States that we have never seen before," the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday. He said the country is not only "spiritually sick" but also "economically sick."

In recent years, 5 million Americans have lost jobs in the manufacturing sector and since 1990, 60,000 manufacturing facilities have closed, Huckabee said. "It used to be in this country that manufacturing was a pretty good job."

While Huckabee blasted trade agreements made between the U.S. and other countries in recent years, he didn't talk about how he would create new manufacturing jobs or those in other sectors if elected president.

Cedar Falls resident Judy Stumme, who attended Tuesday morning's event, said she's hopeful Huckabee can distance himself from other Republican candidates. "His message is excellent," she said. "I absolutely think he can pull this country up."


http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2015/05/19/mike-huckabee-says-america-is-economically-sick/27581251/

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