Governor Mike Huckabee addresses NASA, same-sex marriage, & vaccines at Huntsville town hall meeting

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Mike Huckabee

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Akansas Governor Mike Huckabee has yet to officially announce whether he’ll be running for president, But he’s making his way around the country to promote his latest book and gather support.

Tonight he stopped for a town hall meeting in Huntsville and shared his thoughts on NASA, vaccines, and more.

On his not-quite-yet campaign stop, Huckabee reiterated his support for NASA and the need to fund its endeavors. President Obama’s recently released budget proposal included around $500 million in additional funding for the organization.

“I don’t think that’s a waste of money because when I look at all of the technology I enjoy, whether its my cell phone or the GPS that guides me to this event or the technology in these cameras that are before me tonight, because of the advances made necessary by the space program we now have technology every day that saves our lives at the hospital, and improves our lives,” said Huckabee.

He also said he believed more funding was needed to for research dedicated to finding cures for Alzheimer’s research, cancer, and other diseases.

“It not only has a tremendous impact on the quality of life. But also on the economy of the country,” he said.

Another hot topic he addressed — vaccinations. In 2008, the governor spoke out against claims made by opponents Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum regarding the connection between vaccines and mental illness.  Before the town hall meeting he addressed the growing debate about whether vaccinations should be mandatory. However, he did not go as far as saying they should be.

“If there are medical reasons people can present, their doctors are convinced it will be dangerous, that’s an individual medical decisions, but just because someone decides they don’t care for a vaccination, and their basing it on something that has not been established, then I would say maybe it would be difficult to put the child in a public place or school and potentially infect other children,” Huckabee explained.

Huckabee won the nomination in Alabama in 2008. Some supporters at Tuesday’s event say they are excited to once again give him their support if he chooses to run.  They praised his faith and focus on social issues.

Huckabee responded to the latest court ruling allowing for same-sex marriage in Alabama, calling it an example of “judicial supremacy in action.”

Huckabee is touring to promote his latest book, “God, guns, grits, and glory.”

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