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Q&A with Governor Mike Huckabee

Potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee discussed his view of the power of public employee unions, the Obama administration's decision to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and conservatives' criticism of Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign at a Feb. 23 Monitor tea.

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, Feb. 23.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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Presidential contender Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and now hosts a program on Fox News Channel. He was the guest speaker at the Feb. 23 Monitor tea in Washington, D.C.

His view of the power of public employee unions, which several Republican governors are seeking to curtail:

"If it's not eliminated, I think it has to be certainly somehow contained in a reasonable and responsible way.... [I]t is not the same to have collective bargaining at a public employee level as it is [at the] private sector level, because of the lack of competition."

The Obama administration's decision to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman:

"They are clearly out of sync with the public.... Thirty-three states have had [the issue] on the ballot for the people to make a decision.... Thirty-three states, including very liberal states like California and Maine, have affirmed traditional marriage.... What does the president believe he knows that citizens in all these other states don't?... I find it very disappointing."

His fellow conservatives' criticism of Michelle Obama's antiobesity campaign, called Let's Move:

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