Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's "Uncle Sugar" comments on women may break his presidential plans or maybe not. Last week propelled him to the top of a hypothetical Republican primary field in the latest Public Policy Polling survey, released on Wednesday.
Huckabee actually led the nine-way race with 16 percent in the Democratic-leaning survey of 845 voters taken Jan. 23-26, while 14 percent favored former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Meanwhile, the usual also-rans, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie finished with 13 percent, while 11 percent chose Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and 8 percent favored each of Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida, and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was the 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finished the PPP survey with 6 percent, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had 5 percent.
Huckabee and Bush actually gained 3 to 4 points over PPP's survey results last month, while Christie and Cruz each lost 6 points.
Dean Debnam, PPP's president said, "Mike Huckabee's comments last week didn't hurt him with the GOP base,. If anything, they might have helped him in combination with Chris Christie's implosion."
At the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee in Washington, Huckabee charged the Democrats with supporting government-funded contraception and accusing the GOP of perpetuating a 'war on women.'
As he said, "Women I know are smart, educated, intelligent , capable of doing anything that anyone else can do, Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That's not a war on them. It's a war for them."
To further push forth his point, he added: "If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government, then so be it."
The former governor said liberal bias led the mainstream media to inaccurately report his comments.
It appears Huckabee is in the race to stay.
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