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Calls for Clinton’s resignation termed premature by Huckabee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Shortly after a videotape of President Clinton’s grand jury testimony was released Sept. 21, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told state Baptist newspaper editors he believes calls for Clinton’s resignation are premature.
“It really is important that we not rush to a conclusion about what should be done. This is a process that hasn’t been completed,” said Huckabee, author of a 1997 book, “Character Is the Issue,” published by Broadman & Holman, trade publishing division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist pastor currently seeking a second term as governor, made a 20-minute, unscheduled appearance before about 20 editors attending a briefing at LifeWay in Nashville, Tenn.
He described the impeachment process as “painfully slow. I think it’s healthy to be slow.”
The appropriate role for Christian leaders in the current political climate should be to “hold high the standard,” Huckabee said. “Persons in office need to be held accountable for their conduct. There is a stewardship of public office, and I use that term very emphatically.”
Asked if he thought one impact of the Clinton scandal would be a greater public desire for integrity in politics, Huckabee said he fears an opposite effect.
“I fear it will create a new wave of bloodthirsty journalism that assumes every public official is a scoundrel with a closet full of skeletons,” he said.
“Most of the people I know in public office — liberal and conservative — are persons of conviction and integrity. They’ve come to the process clean. They’ve stayed clean. They really are the majority,” Huckabee said.
Instead of more people of high moral and ethical standards being drawn into politics, the governor said he fears “fewer people will want to run for office than ever before.”

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