Huckabee Says Flying Confederate Flag a State Issue

By Perry Bacon Jr.

FLORENCE, S.C. — Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is taking a different tone from his rival, Arizona Sen. John McCain on a controversial issue: the display of the Confederate flag.

"You don’t want people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag," Huckabee said in Myrtle Beach. "If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell ’em what to do with the pole."

In 2000, McCain said he thought the display of the flag on the Capitol dome was a statewide issue. After the campaign, he has said that the flag should actually not be displayed there.

Earlier this week in South Carolina, McCain said he "could not be more proud of the majority of the people of this state" who had backed his view that the flag should not be displayed.

In July 2000, the state passed a law removing the flag from atop the dome, but it remains on statehouse grounds.

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