Mike Huckabee readies constitutional showdown on abortion at RedState Atlanta

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is setting up a constitutional showdown if he wins the presidency.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News after he spoke at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, Huckabee said the answer to the "judicial tyranny" of the U.S. Supreme Court is reasserting the power of the executive against it.

"The main thing the president can do is when he takes the oath to uphold the Constitution, he would actually do it. And what that means is you invoke the fifth and 14th amendment. The fifth amendment says you have due process that’s entitled to you before you’re deprived of life and liberty.

"The 14th amendment says that everything to an individual is subject to equal protection under the law. We have not provided either of those constitutional rights to unborn children. The only way that we can not do it is if we do not consider them persons. So do we consider unborn children to be persons or blobs of unanimated, or maybe animated, protoplasm.

"And that’s really the determining factor, because once we determine that they are persons – and as president I believe they are – then we have a constitutional obligation to protect them."

That would be one heck of an executive order.

Huckabee chuckled when asked if he will be the last one fighting the culture wars. "It's not so much fighting the culture war. It’s fighting for the principles upon which our nation was built."

In his speech to hundreds of conservative activists at the InterContinental Buckhead, Huckabee talked about the "slaughter of unborn children," but also kept things light with his folksy humor.

Huckabee won applause for backing the FairTax -- a national sales tax to replace the income tax -- and talking of his battles with "the Clinton machine" in Arkansas.

Huckabee quick hits

Biggest applause line: Talking about facing off against the Clinton machine in Arkansas: "I fought it. I beat it, and most importantly, by gosh, I lived to tell about it. And that alone is good enough reason to make me President of the United States."

Sharpest jab at a Republican: "Frankly I’m kind of ticked off that we sent Republicans to Washington to stop executive overreach on things like Obamacare and immigration, and we turned around as Republicans and pushed to give this president more power in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal."

Sharpest jab at a Democrat: Talking about Obama changing his view on gay marriage: "Either he was lying then, or he’s lying now or the Bible got rewritten and he’s the only one who got the new edition, and I don’t think that’s the case."

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