Mike Huckabee didn't say exactly that, but he used that same line of reasoning to defend his record on women's rights.
If you look at my cabinet, I had more women in my cabinet and on my staff in key positions, including chief of staff, than any other governor probably in Arkansas history.
I'm not even going to look up if that's true. I just need to know Huckabee's vast knowledge of history to conclude that he's probably bullshitting. That record on women's rights is more of a record of women's oppression. Here are some of the things Huckabee believes about women:
A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
But never the other way around. Of course not the other way around, because once a man gets married, he becomes as great as Jesus (who supposedly was never married. Mind-blowing). Once a woman gets married, she becomes a slave.
[W]omen should be treated with respect and dignity and not subject to the kinds of abuses that could occur in combat.
Replace "combat" with "politics," and you've just been transported to the 19th century.
. . . . I required that a woman be told her baby will experience pain and be given the option of anesthesia for her baby [during abortion] . . . .
Translation: "I forced doctors to lie to women." Like the old saying goes, a man doesn't really care about you unless he lies you into having kids. Actually, that saying never caught on, because it's utter bullshit.