In an interview with Mike Huckabee yesterday, MSNBC's Tucker Carlson asked the surging candidate what he thought about vouchers and school choice. Despite his documented opposition to vouchers, Mike Huckabee responded as follows:
School choice is a good thing. In rural states like mine, it`s not very practical because most of our schools are rural. The idea of creating competing schools in a very small area would be difficult. While I think vouchers has [sic] some tremendous potential, I also believe in charter schools. I think parents ought to make home school an option. More than saying about vouchers, here`s what we ought to say. Empower mothers and fathers to make these education decisions. Give them a stake in it. Ultimately moms and dads, not governments, ought to decide what`s best for their children.
This is deliberately misleading. In a September interview, Mike Huckabee told the New York Jewish Week that he opposes school vouchers because they may lead to "inequality" in schooling and could undercut public education. In fact, Rhonda Wesolowski, President of the New Hampshire affiliate of the National Education Association, said the group endorsed Huckabee this week specifically because of his opposition to school vouchers (Concord Monitor, 12/12/07).