NBC assigned investigative correspondent Lisa Myers to look into the 1,023 commutations and pardons granted by Republican Mike Huckabee when he was Governor of Arkansas--the quantity of mercy condemned by his rival Mitt Romney in a negative TV ad in Iowa. Myers agreed that Huckabee was indeed very forgiving, the number of convicted criminals granted clemency was "twice as many as his three predecessors combined." She reported prosecutors as generalizing that many of those released "claimed to have found religion in prison and were backed by ministers." At the time Huckabee himself "acknowledged that his belief in redemption factored into his decisions." Now he cites other non-faith-based factors--"the inmate's institutional record, a sense of true remorse and, most of all, that there had been many, many years passed."
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