Mike Huckabee (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in Hope, Arkansas in 1955, Mike Huckabee is a Christian minister, politician, author, and political commentator. Starting his career in public speaking and commentary in 1972 at the age of just 14, Mike Huckabee read the news and weather on a local radio station. Later he graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and began serving as a congregational pastor.
First running for office in 1992, Mike Huckabee failed at the time to defeat then incumbent Democratic Senator for Arkansas, Dale Bumper. However, in 1993, Huckabee was successful in winning a special election in order to become lieutenant governor of the state. Later then, Mike Huckabee became full governor following incumbent governor Jim Guy Tucker's conviction in regard to involvement in the Whitewater scandal.
Supporting net tax increases during two consecutive re-elections, proponents of Mike Huckabee have asserted that extra tax revenues helped improve essential Arkansas infrastructure such as roads and health care services.
Receiving numerous endorsements from religious groups, Mike Huckabee first ran for the Republican nomination for the White House in 2008. However, on March 4th 2008, Huckabee withdrew from the then presidential race when it became apparent that he stood to loose to fellow Republican John McCain in Texas.
Returning to his media career, Mike Huckabee subsequently hosted his own Fox News talk show, Huckabee. Likewise, between 2012 and 2013, Mike Huckabee hosted a weekday afternoon radio show on the Cumulus Media Network.
Announcing his running for the 2016 presidency in May 2015, Mike Huckabee has traditional strong support from right leaning religious and evangelical groups. However, Mike Huckabee’s past views regarding potential segregation of HIV/AIDS community members has previously caused considerable controversy.
Author of ‘From Hope to Higher Ground,’ Mike Huckabee has voiced support for free trade, but is a vocal critic of the Obama administration's Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership. Mike Huckabee also presented as part of his 2016 presidential campaign, a concise nine point plan to tackling illegal immigration.