A man wears a T-shirt representing the Confederate flag during a protest in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday. (Mladen Antonov / AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates continued to struggle Sunday over how to respond to last week's mass shooting of nine black parishioners at a historic Charleston, S.C., church, particularly over the issue of whether the state should remove the Confederate battle flag from its Capitol.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told NBC's “Meet the Press" that his fellow GOP presidential candidates were being “baited” with a question that a future commander-in-chief should not have to address.
“People want their president to be focused on the economy, keeping America safe, some really big issues for the nation,” he said. “I don't think they want us to weigh in on every little issue in all 50 states that might be an important issue to the people of that state but not on the desk of the president. ... I don't personally display it anywhere. So it's not an issue for me.”