Candidate says he'd use soldiers to stop abortions

REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has said he is open to the idea of using federal troops to stop women from having abortions.

The Christian politician made the comments at two public speaking events during a tour of Iowa.

When asked whether stopping abortion would mean using federal troops or the FBI, he said: "We'll see if I get to be president." He then added: "All Americans should be protected."

The politician has made controversial comments on abortion before. Last year he expressed that he thinks terminations are worse than the Holocaust.

He said: "If you feel something incredibly powerful at Auschwitz and Birkenau over the 11 million killed worldwide and the 1.5 million killed on those grounds, cannot we feel something extraordinary about 55 million murdered in our own country in the wombs of their mothers?"

The politician was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Presidency in 2008. He lost out to Mitt Romney and John McCain.

In May of last year he declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2016 race.