Huckabee: Confederate flag a matter of choice

January 17, 2008 3:05:49 PM PST
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says the decision on whether to fly the Confederate flag in South Carolina should be made by South Carolina. Huckabee, campaigning today in Myrtle Beach ahead of Saturday's primary, said the government should stay out of disputes involving the flag. He added that if somebody came to Arkansas and told people what to do with their flag, "we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole."

However, the former Arkansas governor isn't saying whether he considers it offensive to fly the flag, which is viewed as a symbol of racism by some and Southern pride by others.

Huckabee is campaigning with former South Carolina Governor David Beasley, who angered conservative Republicans by calling for the flag's removal from the statehouse dome.