WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called the U.S. economic slump a "moral crisis" Friday at the Value Voters Summit in Washington.
Huckabee was one of the opening speakers at the annual event sponsored by the Family Research Council, The Hill reported.
"Many of our economic issues are the result of the breakdown of something of the character and integrity," he said. "The meltdown of Wall Street was not a money crisis, it was a moral crisis. They essentially turned Wall Street into a massive financial casino. We need to understand that there is a direct correlation between the integrity of families and the stability of families and the stability of our economy."
Huckabee also called for an end to government meddling in the economy and the environment: "It's to basically defend our borders and leave us alone, and let us raise our families and run our businesses and breathe good American air."
He called President Obama's healthcare plan a "disaster" and blamed the BP oil spill on the president.
Tony Perkins, the council's president, told the audience as the two-day meeting opened that the goal is to make them so annoyed they "go home and do something about it."