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'''Mike Huckabee''' (born August 24, 1955) is a [[Baptist]] minister and is a candidate for the 2008 [[Republican]] presidential nomination. He is known to be [[conservative]] on the issues of [[abortion]], [[gun control]], [[homosexuality]] and [[evolution]]. He was the governor of [[Arkansas]] from 1996 to 2007.
 
'''Mike Huckabee''' (born August 24, 1955) is a [[Baptist]] minister and is a candidate for the 2008 [[Republican]] presidential nomination. He is known to be [[conservative]] on the issues of [[abortion]], [[gun control]], [[homosexuality]] and [[evolution]]. He was the governor of [[Arkansas]] from 1996 to 2007.
  
Throughout the presidential primary, Huckabee has been viewed favorably by conservatives and [[Christian]] organizations such as the [[Homeschool Legal Defense Association]]. Former Speaker of the House [[Newt Gingrich]] predicted that Huckabee will catch on with Republican primary voters, calling him "the most interesting dark horse".<ref>http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=6899608</ref>
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Throughout the presidential primary, Huckabee has been viewed favorably by conservatives and [[Christian]] organizations such as the [[Homeschool Legal Defense Association]]. Former Speaker of the House [[Newt Gingrich]] predicted that Huckabee will catch on with Republican primary voters, calling him "the most interesting dark horse".<ref>http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=6899608</ref> However, It is now a mathematical impossibility for Huckabee to remain in the race.
  
 
==Recent Performance in Caucuses and Primaries==
 
==Recent Performance in Caucuses and Primaries==
A candidate for President in 2008, Governor Huckabee's campaign took off after the [[Ames Straw Poll]], where he came in 2nd place (with 18% of the vote) to Mitt Romney, despite far less name recognition and far less spending - he spent about $35 per vote, whereas Romney spent more than $500 per vote. His second surge began after the Republican [[YouTube]] debate, where he was seen as calm, reasonable and positive next to the other candidates, many of whom attacked each other.
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A candidate for President in 2008, Governor Huckabee's campaign took off after the [[Ames Straw Poll]], where he came in 2nd place (with 18% of the vote) to Mitt Romney, despite far less name recognition and far less spending - he spent about $35 per vote, whereas Romney spent more than $500 per vote. His second surge began after the Republican [[YouTube]] debate, where he was seen as calm, insane, and positive next to the other candidates, many of whom attacked each other.
  
 
[[Poll]] numbers show that Huckabee's strong debate performances, communication skills and likability have him steadily moving up in key primary states.  He was victorious in the Republican Caucuses at the [[Iowa Caucuses]]<ref>http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/21/s.c.straw.poll/index.html</ref>, and came in third place in the New Hampshire Primary, where he personally expected to not even place in the top three.<ref>http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/01/08/hillary-clinton-john-mccain-take-early-lead-in-new-hampshire-primary/</ref> He was the winner of the straw poll after the Sept. 17th "values debate".<ref>http://www.earnedmedia.org/kg0918.htm</ref>  With far less money than his competitors, Huckabee finished second in the high-profile [[Iowa Straw Poll]] with 18% of the vote, in front of [[Sam Brownback]] (15%) and behind [[Mitt Romney]] (32%). His victory has placed him in the top tier of Republican primary candidates.<ref>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/12/ftn/main3159786.shtml</ref><ref>http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22081</ref><ref>http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/</ref>
 
[[Poll]] numbers show that Huckabee's strong debate performances, communication skills and likability have him steadily moving up in key primary states.  He was victorious in the Republican Caucuses at the [[Iowa Caucuses]]<ref>http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/21/s.c.straw.poll/index.html</ref>, and came in third place in the New Hampshire Primary, where he personally expected to not even place in the top three.<ref>http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/01/08/hillary-clinton-john-mccain-take-early-lead-in-new-hampshire-primary/</ref> He was the winner of the straw poll after the Sept. 17th "values debate".<ref>http://www.earnedmedia.org/kg0918.htm</ref>  With far less money than his competitors, Huckabee finished second in the high-profile [[Iowa Straw Poll]] with 18% of the vote, in front of [[Sam Brownback]] (15%) and behind [[Mitt Romney]] (32%). His victory has placed him in the top tier of Republican primary candidates.<ref>http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/12/ftn/main3159786.shtml</ref><ref>http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22081</ref><ref>http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/</ref>
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===Second Amendment Rights===
 
===Second Amendment Rights===
 
As governor, he signed bills blocking frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and removing restrictions on concealed handgun permit holders. He became the first governor in the nation to have a concealed handgun license.<ref>http://www.explorehuckabee.com</ref>
 
As governor, he signed bills blocking frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and removing restrictions on concealed handgun permit holders. He became the first governor in the nation to have a concealed handgun license.<ref>http://www.explorehuckabee.com</ref>
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===Criticism===
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Huckabee, who no longer stands a chance in the 2008 elections, has been criticized for his Conservatism. He has denied the Theory of Evolution, and many wonder whether he would take down the seperation of church and state.
  
 
===Immigration===
 
===Immigration===

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Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is a Baptist minister and is a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He is known to be conservative on the issues of abortion, gun control, homosexuality and evolution. He was the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.

Throughout the presidential primary, Huckabee has been viewed favorably by conservatives and Christian organizations such as the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich predicted that Huckabee will catch on with Republican primary voters, calling him "the most interesting dark horse".[1] However, It is now a mathematical impossibility for Huckabee to remain in the race.

Recent Performance in Caucuses and Primaries

A candidate for President in 2008, Governor Huckabee's campaign took off after the Ames Straw Poll, where he came in 2nd place (with 18% of the vote) to Mitt Romney, despite far less name recognition and far less spending - he spent about $35 per vote, whereas Romney spent more than $500 per vote. His second surge began after the Republican YouTube debate, where he was seen as calm, insane, and positive next to the other candidates, many of whom attacked each other.

Poll numbers show that Huckabee's strong debate performances, communication skills and likability have him steadily moving up in key primary states. He was victorious in the Republican Caucuses at the Iowa Caucuses[2], and came in third place in the New Hampshire Primary, where he personally expected to not even place in the top three.[3] He was the winner of the straw poll after the Sept. 17th "values debate".[4] With far less money than his competitors, Huckabee finished second in the high-profile Iowa Straw Poll with 18% of the vote, in front of Sam Brownback (15%) and behind Mitt Romney (32%). His victory has placed him in the top tier of Republican primary candidates.[5][6][7] He came in third in the Michigan primaries and a close second to John McCain in South Carolina.

In October 2007, Huckabee overwhelmingly won the high-profile Family Research Counsel's Value Voter Summit straw poll. Out of those attending, Huckabee received more votes then all other candidates combined.[8]

Record as Governor

As Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee cut and raised taxes. For example, during his ten years in office, the Arkansas legislature enacted increases in tobacco, sales, and fuels taxes; however he also signed into legislation tax cuts over 90 times during that period. During his tenure as Governor welfare rolls declined by nearly half, and last year the state's economy grew 4.4%, beating the national average of 4.2%.[9]

In 1997 he introduced ARKids First, a health care plan which cut the number of Arkansas uninsured children in half.[10]

Throughout his tenure he also supported and helped pass pro-life bills through the Democrat controlled legislature.

In 2005 Time Magazine declared him one of "America's 5 Best Governors".[11]

Political Beliefs

Taxes

As governor, he signed the first broad-based tax-cut in state history and cut taxes over ninety times. Huckabee believes that the United States should enact a tax system known as the FairTax, this system replaces the income tax with a voluntary consumption tax. Recently he signed the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Americans for Tax Reform which promises to not raise taxes if elected president.[12]

Spending

During his tenure, state spending rose 65.3% between 1996 and 2004, which was 3 times the rate of inflation. This has led to strong criticism from conservative groups like the Club for Growth. However, when he left office there was a surplus of over $800 million.[13] Huckabee has called on Bush to veto more spending bills by the democrat controlled congress.[14] In August 2007, Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, stated "Gov. Huckabee recognizes that the challenge is to rein in spending and reduce taxes."[15]

Abortion

According to National Review, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee signed a bill requiring parental consent for abortion, and mandating notification by abortion providers to prospective parents that the unborn baby may feel pain, he also helped pass a bill through the Democratic-controlled legislature which stated that life began at conception.[16][17] He also signed the Fetal Protection Act. He is known to be strongly pro-life.

He would favor Roe v. Wade being overturned and the federal governments recognition that life begins at conception.

Marriage

Huckabee is opposed to same sex marriage and civil unions. He also is a strong advocate for fathers' participation in child-raising.[18]

Second Amendment Rights

As governor, he signed bills blocking frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and removing restrictions on concealed handgun permit holders. He became the first governor in the nation to have a concealed handgun license.[19]

Criticism

Huckabee, who no longer stands a chance in the 2008 elections, has been criticized for his Conservatism. He has denied the Theory of Evolution, and many wonder whether he would take down the seperation of church and state.

Immigration

Huckabee opposed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill because he stated it had problems with "credibility; secrecy; and spending".[20] He believes the United States should seal the border first and deportat illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.[21]

Vertical Politics

While campaigning, Huckabee has referred to what he calls Vertical Politics - politics aimed at making America stronger rather than festering partisanship. Huckabee said, "Everywhere I go on the campaign trail, I meet voters with a real thirst for a healthy discussion of the issues. Ultimately, people don't care whether an issue comes from the left or the right. What they want to talk about are ideas that lift America up and make us better. It's what I call 'Vertical Politics'." [22]

Personal

Huckabee playing with his band, Capital Offense, during the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll

Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas, the same town where former president Bill Clinton was born. This coincidence led to one of Huckabee's campaign slogans, "give [Hope] one more chance." Huckabee lost 110 pounds while governor of Arkansas and documented his weight loss and set out a 12-step plan for weight loss in his book Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork.[23] He has also made childhood obesity a major platform issue. He became the first person in his family to attend college when he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas, before becoming a Baptist pastor for twelve years in Arkansas. Because of his income situation, Huckabee graduated in only two and a half years.

The 52-year-old former governor and his wife live in Little Rock and have three grown children. Huckabee enjoys playing in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has played at the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado and for two presidential inauguration balls.

Quotes

  • "We've had a congress that's spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop."[24]
  • "…my faith is my life. It defines me. I see no separation between my faith from my personal and professional lives."[25]
  • "When it comes to the red tape in government, I don't think I can part the Red Sea but I believe I can part the red tape."[26]
  • "[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards."[27]
  • "To think that we're going to go lock up 12 million people, or even round them up and drive them to the border and let them go, might make a great political speech, but it's not going to happen." Washington Post, May, 2006.
  • "(I) propose to provide all illegal immigrants a 120-day window to register with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and leave the country." Secure America Plan", December, 2007.

Endorsements

Organizations

For the first time in the organizations history, the Homeschool Legal Defense Association Political Action Committee endorsed a political candidate. The organization, which consists of 90,000 members, stated that they decided to endorse Huckabee because of he was, "conservative, a friend of homeschooling, a man of character, and a man with a mature faith in Jesus Christ".[28]

South Carolina

Huckabee has received some key endorsement during the course of his primary race. One such endorsement came from former South Carolina Governor, David Beasley, who had before planned on staying on the sidelines throughout the Republican primary.[29]

Huckabee received another South Carolina endorsement from Iris Campbell, the former South Carolina First Lady and wife of former governor, the late Mike Campbell.[30] During Mike Campbell's time in office, from 1987 to 1994, his endorsement of Ronald Reagan boosted the underdog's presidential primary race.

Virginia

In August 2007, Huckabee received a key endorsement from Virginia's House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell. Howell has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation’s largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators.[31]

New Hampshire

Huckabee has picked up some key endorsements in the very significant primary in New Hampshire. In August 2007, New Hampshire's former Senator, Russell Prescott, and former Executive Councilor David Wheeler endorsed Huckabee.[32] Both figures remain very popular with social conservatives in the state.[33]

References

  1. http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=6899608
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/21/s.c.straw.poll/index.html
  3. http://youdecide08.foxnews.com/2008/01/08/hillary-clinton-john-mccain-take-early-lead-in-new-hampshire-primary/
  4. http://www.earnedmedia.org/kg0918.htm
  5. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/08/12/ftn/main3159786.shtml
  6. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=22081
  7. http://www.americanresearchgroup.com/
  8. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2007/10/romney_camp_stacking_the_value.html
  9. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1129494,00.html
  10. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1129494,00.html
  11. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1129494,00.html
  12. http://www.atr.org/content/html/2007/march/030207pr-huckabeesignspledge.html
  13. http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2007/01/a_report_on_mike_huckabees_fis.php
  14. http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/stories/2007/09/08/huckabee_0909.html
  15. http://www.atr.org/content/html/2007/march/030207pr-huckabeesignspledge.html
  16. http://www.explorehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_ID=11
  17. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=NmNjMmI1ODhjNGVlZWFmNTlmMGNiZTVjYTg1NTUzMTk=
  18. http://www.ontheissues.org/Mike_Huckabee.htm
  19. http://www.explorehuckabee.com
  20. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Huckabee
  21. http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Issues.View&Issue_id=4
  22. http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=verticalday.home
  23. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7752179/site/newsweek/
  24. GOP presidential debate May 2006 The Loft Accessed 3 January 2008.
  25. Faith and Politics mikehuckabee.com Accessed 3 January 2008.
  26. GOP presidential debate Iowa, 12 December 2007.
  27. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/01/15/579265.aspx[1]
  28. http://huckabee08.blogspot.com/2007/06/huckabee-on-roll-endorsements-and-polls.html
  29. http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/27/news_pf/Opinion/Huckabee_s__a_maratho.shtml
  30. http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/archives/2007/02/endorsement_wat.html
  31. http://www.mikehuckabee.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=NewsRoom.PressRelease&ID=216
  32. http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/primarysource/2007/08/huckabee_endors.html
  33. http://www.boston.com/news/local/politics/primarysource/2007/08/huckabee_endors.html

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