Huckabee Says in Welcoming New Hispanics, U.S. Can Overcome Past

Governor Huckabee says the nation is being given a chance to make up for past racism by the way it handles the current influx of Hispanics.  In remarks today to the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, the outgoing Republican governor says the one of U-S's greatest challenges is to not commit the same mistakes made against blacks with incoming Hispanics. Huckabee says "the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before.''
After his speech, the governor declined to elaborate on his comments. The governor in the past has opposed efforts to ban state services for illegal immigrants.  Huckabee leaves office January ninth. He is considering a run for president in 2008. Huckabee says he'll announce whether he will enter the race only after his term as governor is over.  Copyright 2006 - The Associated Press.  All rights reserved.