Huckabee: Better to be overprotecting than underprotecting

The Gov commends NY, NJ governors on handling of Ebola scares


This is a rush transcript from "Your World," October 24, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Governor Mike Huckabee with us right now.

Now, I think I'm going rely on the preacher side of him here, because I think the country needs that.

What do you make of all this?

MIKE HUCKABEE, R-FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR: Well, it's a crazy day in America. There's no doubt about it.

I will say, watching the two governors and listening to the steps that they're taking proactively reminded me -- and I know I'm biased, so forgive me for having a very clear bias about people who are governors -- but watch what they did. They didn't ask permission for someone in charge. They took charge. And that is people in government should do. It's what America has been waiting for. It's what we have been lacking in the administration on the Ebola situation.

They didn't say, let me call and get somebody's approval. They are the approval. That's what a chief executive is.

CAVUTO: But they have also -- I'm taking it -- I'm not disparaging, because there's a Republican governor and a Democratic governor.

HUCKABEE: Yes, there's one of both.

CAVUTO: They did throw the CDC kind of under the bus. We were complying with their protocol.


CAVUTO: That protocol seems to have changed. I'm just paraphrasing a bit. So, it -- as is their political right...


CAVUTO: ... they're kind of saying, things are changing a little because we more or less can't really accept what we're hearing from the CDC.

HUCKABEE: Well, but they have given up trust, because the CDC had been giving conflicting information about what was really a protection, whether or not it would come here, if it did come here, that it would be contained.

And I think what by they realized is, we can't trust the information we have been given, so we're not going to ask somebody if it's OK for us to take steps. We're taking the steps to protect the people in our states.

And, Neil, that's exactly the job that both of those guys have. And, as you say, this is not about partisanship. One is a Democrat. One is a Republican. But they're both governors who are taking charge. That is what people expect government to do, make tough decisions.

If you make a decision, make it on the best side of protecting people. If you're wrong, better to be wrong overprotecting than underprotecting.

CAVUTO: All right, Governor, thank you very, very much.

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