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Mike Huckabee Says He Doesn't Want "Stupid" People To Vote

"But in the big picture, there are people who vote and they have no idea what our Constitution says."

Posted on September 22, 2015, at 1:26 p.m. ET

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he doesn't want everyone to vote, singling out many in the electorate as uninformed on the founding tenets of the Constitution.

"I know that most politicians say we want everyone to vote, I'm gonna be honest with you, I don't want everyone to vote," Huckabee told the Jen and Don Show earlier this week.

"If they're so stupid -- that's right, if they're gonna vote for me they need to vote, if they're not gonna vote for me they need to stay home. I mean, it's that simple," Huckabee continued, to the laughter of the radio hosts.

The Republican presidential candidate, who currently lags near the bottom or middle of recent national and state polls, said many voters don't know what the Constitution says.

"But in the big picture, there are people who vote and they have no idea what our Constitution says," he said. "They have no idea what the limitations of government are supposed to be. The fact that the 10th Amendment expresses it very clearly, that if it's not expressly written in our federal charter called the Constitution those power stay to the states. "

"We have allowed over the last 230 years our government to become centralized, the anathema to what it was intended to be and now we have states who are serving the federal government rather than the federal government serving the interests of the states. We have reversed it. "

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