Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart tackled all of the hot-button issues of the 2012 election last night in a surprisingly informative and intelligent discussion on the latter’s Comedy Central program.
The interview covered the GOP’s recent call to expand their demographic reach, Fox News, global warming, marriage equality, abortion, and even the Bible.
Largely allowing humorous quips to play second-fiddle to a dense and respectful political discussion, Stewart began by asking about Huckabee’s election night comments regarding the GOP and the recent call for the party to reach out to minorities. “How do you reach out to people of color without necessarily addressing their concerns?” Stewart quipped.
Huckabee replied that the GOP has done a “pathetic” job showing minorities how a Conservative model of government can help them improve their situation, arguing that the political model of the GOP can actually “empower” minorities to have great success in America.
The two also discussed marriage equality, abortion, and climate change, with Stewart arguing that the discussion must remain “scientific.” Huckabee shot back that the pro-life perspective has absolute scientific backing because of the “irrefutable” evidence that human life begins at conception.
Stewart also confronted Huckabee with one of the governor’s recent political ads that took a firm stance on abortion and traditional marriage. “Are you saying that if you vote for the Democrats, you’re going to Hell?” Stewart asked. Huckabee replied he was not implying that.
“Don’t you think it is the height of human arrogance to presume what Jesus would vote for, down the line?” Stewart asked Huckabee, which earned him applause form the audience.
“All this is is a message to Christian believers,” Huckabee responded. “Your vote can’t be separated from your faith.”
Here are two videos of the discussion between Jon Stewart and Mike Huckabee from last night’s The Daily Show, via Mediaite: