“And we ought to declare that we will be free of energy consumption in this country within a decade, bold as that is.”

Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate, 10 Dec. 2007

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[UPDATE: It appears Huckabee was misquoted in an early draft of the transcript. His quote now reads, “And we ought to declare that we will be oil free of energy consumption in this country within a decade, bold as that is.” That doesn’t make a ton of sense either, but at least it’s a little more clear what he’s getting at. He wants to eliminate our use of oil entirely. Nuts, but not as nuts as eliminating energy consumption altogether!]

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