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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Inside the Beltway support for things like the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which funds Planned Parenthood, is the reason so many former Republicans are leaving the party, presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in an interview December 23.

Speaking on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Huckabee said the bill – which passed both Republican-controlled chambers of Congress recently – “put a lot of people over the top,” because after “working hard to get Republican majorities in the House and the Senate,” grassroots conservatives fail to see “significant policy changes.”

“That’s why people in the Republican Party are just bolting for the door,” he told former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough. Rev. Franklin Graham recently announced he is leaving the Republican Party over the funding of Planned Parenthood, among other things.

The former Arkansas governor, a favorite with evangelicals, said, “It was absolutely outrageous to see a whole litany of things” included in the spending bill by House leadership, “whether it was Planned Parenthood funding, funding for Syrian refugee relocation,” or a “400 percent increase in bringing in foreign workers to replace Americans,” in exchange for lifting the ban on exporting oil.

“They were given four aces, and they laid their cards down before they even anted up for the game,” Huckabee said.

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