Huckabee Backs Off: I 'Did Not Slam Or Attack' Natalie's Out-Of-Wedlock Pregnancy!

Fri, March 4, 2011 6:00pm EST by 4 Comments

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The politician is now backtracking on dissing Natalie Portman for being pregnant and “not married,” on Michael Medved’s radio show.

We told you it would come back to haunt you, Huck-a-buckle! You diss a well-liked and famous pregnant woman, you face the wrath. Possible future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is now in full backtrack mode after he claimed Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, 29, is “glamorizing and glorifying” single motherhood and creating a “troubling” and “distorted image” of parenthood.

“I was asked about Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy,” Huckabee explains on his blog, Huck PAC. “Natalie is an extraordinary actor, very deserving of her recent Oscar and I am glad she will marry her baby’s father. However, contrary to what the Hollywood media reported, I did not ‘slam’ or ‘attack’ Natalie Portman, nor did I criticize the hardworking single mothers in our country.”

Really? Because what we heard was you say in your interview with conservative radio host Michael Medved was this: “Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care.” That pretty much proves our point.

Remember former Vice President Dan Quayle’s situation involving the hit CBS show Murphy Brown, where Candice Bergen played a single mother?  Huckabee’s predicament sounds very familiar!

But still, he tried to clear up his message, although he pretty much said the same thing again.

“My comments were about the statistical reality that most single moms are very poor, under-educated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death,” he writes. “That’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that society often glorifies and glamorizes the idea of having children out of wedlock.”

But why take it out on Natalie? She is an award-winning, kind-hearted, Harvard-educated young woman who is marrying her fiance, Benjamin Millepied, and starting a family.

What is so “distorted” about that?

–Leigh Blickley

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Leelou

Posted at 5:35 PM on March 5, 2011  

I agree too many women are having babies by men who are half the time not even serious bf’s or anything BUT I dont agree with him using Portman as his target. While she is not married she is an engaged to be married successful women who is fully capable of taking care of her child. Like it or not people, the days of waiting till you get married to have kids is over. This is reality and while I am in no way religious I have no intention myself on having a baby before getting married. My thing is Portman is NOT a bad example. She is what? 30? She is successful and marrying the father of her child. Thats nothing to attack. If you want to go after bad examples, go after MTV’s Teen Mom. That should have been his first target and a prime example of things gone wrong. Rewarding unresponsible broke teens for getting knocked up. Or Bristol Palin. Funny how the republican party always leaves her out. You cant harp on someone like Portman and not Palin. Sorry, thats being a hypocrite. Politicians need to spend more time on IMPORTANT issues like jobs, economy and all the other issues we have right now instead of attacking Portman. Sorry but in my opinion having babies out of wedlock is so far down on my list of “things america needs to do” it doesnt even rank a number. We are broke, half of americans dont have jobs, we rely too much on other countries and so on but yup, babies outside marriage! Thats just something we need to nip in the bud first!

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Elizabeth

Posted at 6:12 AM on March 5, 2011  

Basically everything Huckabee said was true. I’m not too sure about the whole government assistance thing but he was speaking from a statistical standpoint and, based on statistics, being a single mother is very difficult. My mother was a single mother until she married my step father and she had to work her butt off. Even then it was very hard on her and she struggled to make ends meet. My brother and I turned out alright but that’s not the case for everyone. You guys need to stop and realize that Huckabee was talking about statistics. He wasn’t simply voicing an opinion. He was voicing a concern based on statistics. I would have to say that people would be right to be concerned about how many single mothers there are out there since there are a lot and, from watching my mother, it’s probably one of the most difficult things to do.

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BILL FORNES

Posted at 4:19 AM on March 5, 2011  

He did not say any thing that was not true.

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Thismom

Posted at 7:47 PM on March 4, 2011  

Get back in your cave Huck.

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