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The Reaction To Huckabee

Wednesday, October 31, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

from my audience on air and in e-mail is not good at all.  The neo-Willie Horton case isn’t the problem, but the answers on illegals who turn 18 are being very poorly received, as is the governor’s endorsement of an anti-federalist one-size-fits-all-states workplace smoking ban. 

The transcript is here.  Here’s the exchange on smoking:

HH: And the last question is do you support a federal ban on smoking as has been alleged? 

MH: No, I don’t. I support workplace clean air. But a federal ban on smoking would mean that you couldn’t smoke in your own home. I don’t care what people do in their home. But in a workplace, in our state, we passed a law which I’m very proud of, and that said that people have a right to have clean air at the workplace. I did not support a ban just in restaurants and bars because frankly, I think that the problem with that is that you’re punishing the customers. But what you have a right to do is to protect the workers in the same was you do from radon gas and a host of other carcinogens and toxic fumes, which is exactly what tobacco smoke is.

HH: Well, I understand that from the state side, but I’m talking about the federal lawmakers getting involved in this and imposing on states a uniform standard. Do you…just for the workplace. Do you support federal laws mandating standards for workplace non-smoke environments?

MH: I personally would on the workplace issue. If there are two or more people, and as long as anyone under the age of 21 worked in that place, there ought to be some protections for them. 

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