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Mike Huckabee

In office
July 15, 1996 – January 9, 2007
Lieutenant Winthrop Paul Rockefeller
Preceded by Jim Guy Tucker
Succeeded by Mike Beebe

In office
November 20, 1993 – July 15, 1996
Governor Jim Guy Tucker
Preceded by Jim Guy Tucker
Succeeded by Winthrop Paul Rockefeller

Born August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24) (age 54)
Hope, Arkansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janet Huckabee[1]
Children John Mark, David, and Sarah
Residence North Little Rock, Arkansas
Alma mater Ouachita Baptist University
Profession American Politician, Author, Public Speaker, & ordained Minister
Religion Christian (Southern Baptist)
Website http://www.mikehuckabee.com

Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas[2][3] and current host of the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee.[4] He was a candidate for President in 2008, finishing second in delegate count as a result of the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries.[5] Following losses to John McCain in the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island primaries, Huckabee exited the race on March 4, 2008 as McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee.[6]

Huckabee is the author of several best selling books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, musician and a public speaker. He is also an ABC Radio political commentator.[7] He and his wife, Janet, have been married for 33 years and have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah. Janet Huckabee was an unsuccessful candidate for Arkansas Secretary of State in 2002.


Early life and education

Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas,[8] to Mae Elder (1925–1999) and Dorsey Wiles Huckabee (1923–1996), both natives of Hope. His surname is of English origin. He comes from a very humble family background which he cites as inspiration for his populist conservative views.[9] His father worked as a fireman and mechanic, and his mother worked as a clerk at a gas company.[10] His father was a strict disciplinarian, and left a lasting impression. Speaking to Charles Gibson of ABC News, he explained with a grin: "My father was the ultimate patriot. You know, he'd lay on the stripes, and I'd see stars."[11]

Huckabee's first job, at 14, was working at a radio station where he read the news and weather.[12] He was elected Governor of Arkansas Boys State in 1972[8] and is a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation Alumnus. He was student council vice president at Hope High School during the 1971-72 school year. He was student council president at Hope High School during the 1972-1973 school year.[13] He has one sister, Pat (Harris) who is a middle school teacher.[14]

Huckabee married Janet McCain on May 25, 1974.[14] He graduated magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelor's degree in Religion in 2½ years before attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He dropped out of seminary after one year in order to take a job in Christian broadcasting.[15][16][17] He has two honorary doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Humane Letters, received from John Brown University in 1991, and a Doctor of Laws from Ouachita Baptist University in 1992.[18][19]

Huckabee is an Honorary Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Pastoral career

At 21, Huckabee was a staffer for James Robison, a television evangelist.[13] Robison commented, "His convictions shape his character and his character will shape his policies. His whole life has been shaped by moral absolutes."[13] Huckabee has stated, "Politics are totally directed by worldview. That's why when people say, 'We ought to separate politics from religion,' I say to separate the two is absolutely impossible".[20] Huckabee believes in Biblical inerrancy.[13] Prior to his political career, Huckabee served as pastor at Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana from 1980–1986 and then at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas from 1986–1992. In both Texarkana and Pine Bluff Huckabee started 24-hour television stations "where he produced documentaries and hosted a program called Positive Alternatives.[8] He encouraged the all-white Immanuel Baptist Church to accept black members in the mid 1980s.[13][21] He served as president of a religion-oriented television station. In 1989 Huckabee ran against the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Floyd of Springdale for the presidency of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.[22] Huckabee won and served as president from 1989 to 1991.

Early political career

In 1992, in Huckabee's first political race, he lost to incumbent Senator Dale Bumpers (D), receiving 40 percent of the vote in the general election.[23] That same election saw Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton ascend to the Presidency, making Lieutenant Governor Jim Guy Tucker the new Governor. Huckabee narrowly won a special election for lieutenant governor on July 27, 1993. He defeated Nate Coulter, who had been Bumpers' campaign manager the previous year[24] (51%-49%).[8] Huckabee became only the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve as Arkansas lieutenant governor, the first being Maurice Britt from 1967 to 1971.

Dick Morris, who had previously worked for Bill Clinton, advised Huckabee on his race in 1993, 1994 and 1998.[25] Huckabee commented that Morris was a "personal friend".[25] A newspaper article reported on Huckabee's 1993 win: "Morris said the mistake Republicans always make is that they are too much of a country club set. What we wanted to do was run a progressive campaign that would appeal to all Arkansans.'"[25] Morris elaborated, "So we opened the campaign with ads that characterized Mike as more of a moderate whose values were the same as those of other Arkansans."[25]

In April 1994, Huckabee withdrew from a speaking engagement before the Council of Conservative Citizens. He commented, "I will not participate in any program that has racist overtones. I've spent a lifetime fighting racism and anti-Semitism."[26]

In 1994, Huckabee was re-elected to a full term as lieutenant governor, beating Democratic candidate Charlie Cole Chaffin with nearly 59 percent of the vote.[27] While Lieutenant Governor, Huckabee accepted $71,500 in speaking fees and traveling expenses from a nonprofit group, Action America. R. J. Reynolds was the group's largest contributor.[21]

In October 1995, David Pryor announced that he was retiring from the United States Senate. Huckabee then announced he was running for the open seat and moved well ahead in the polls.[8] He won the Republican nomination unopposed.[28]

During his campaign, Huckabee opposed in December then-Governor Tucker's plan for a constitutional convention.[29] The plan was defeated by voters 20 percent-80 percent in a special election. In January 1996, Huckabee campaigned in televised ads paid for by the Republican National Committee and the Arkansas Republican Party against a highway referendum. Tucker supported the referendum, which included tax increases and a bond program, to improve 1,300 miles (2,100 km) of highway.[30] On the referendum, the bond question, which included a sales tax increase and a gas tax increase, lost 13 percent-87 percent. A second question, a five-cent increase on diesel tax, lost 14 percent-86 percent.[30][31] Huckabee also opposed Tucker's plan for school consolidation.[31]

In May 1996 Tucker, involved in the Whitewater scandal, was convicted "on one count of arranging nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans" and he promised to resign by July 15.[8] Huckabee then announced he would quit the Senate race and instead fill the unexpired term of Tucker.[28]

Governor of Arkansas

In 1996, incumbent Democratic governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud. The Arkansas Constitution, like nearly all state constitutions in the United States, does not allow convicted felons to hold office, so Tucker was forced to resign. However, Tucker, insisting he had a strong case for appeal,[32] rescinded his resignation as Huckabee was preparing to be sworn in on July 16. Within a few hours, Tucker reinstated his resignation after Huckabee threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Tucker.[13] Huckabee was sworn in as Governor of Arkansas on July 15, 1996. In November 1998, Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term by defeating retired Colonel Gene McVay in the primary and Jonesboro attorney Bill Bristow in the general election, becoming the state's third elected Republican Governor since Reconstruction. In November 2002, Huckabee was reelected to his second four-year term by defeating State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher, garnering 53 percent of the vote. By the end of his term, Huckabee owned the third-longest tenure of any Arkansas Governor. Only Democrats Orval Faubus, who served six consecutive two-year terms (1955–1967), and Bill Clinton, who served 11 years, 11 months (1979–1981; 1983–1992), had longer tenures.

2008 presidential election campaign

Huckabee at a campaign event in Londonderry, New Hampshire in 2008.
2008 Presidential Campaign logo

Huckabee announced his run for the White House on Meet the Press on January 28, 2007.[33]

At the August 11 Iowa Straw Poll, Huckabee took second place with 2,587 votes, roughly 18 percent.[34] Huckabee spent $57.98 per vote in the Straw Poll, which is the lowest among the top three finishers.[35] Huckabee drew attention with an unconventional ad featuring Chuck Norris.[36] In a later ad Huckabee wished voters a merry Christmas, and said that "what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ."[37] Some critics accused him of exploiting the issue of religion, which he denied.[38][39] According to the Associated Press, on NBC's Meet The Press on December 31, 2007, Huckabee "stood by" a 1998 comment in which he said, "I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ." Huckabee told NBC that his comment was "appropriate to be said to a gathering of Southern Baptists."[40] Huckabee has credited divine intervention with some of his political success.[41]

On January 3, 2008, Huckabee won the Iowa Republican caucuses, receiving 34% of the electorate and 17 delegates, compared to the 25% of Mitt Romney who finished second, receiving 12 delegates, Fred Thompson who came in third place and received three delegates, John McCain who came in fourth place and received three delegates and Ron Paul who came in fifth place and received two delegates.

On January 8, 2008, Huckabee finished in third place in the New Hampshire primary, behind John McCain in first place, and Mitt Romney who finished second, with Huckabee receiving one more delegate for a total of 18 delegates, gained via elections, and 21 total delegates, versus 30 total (24 via elections) for Romney, and 10 for McCain (all via elections).

Mike Huckabee giving his concession speech after the 2008 South Carolina Presidential Primary in Columbia, SC.

On January 15, 2008, Huckabee finished in third place in the Michigan Republican primary, 2008, behind John McCain in second place, Mitt Romney who finished first and ahead of Ron Paul who finished in fourth place.[42][43]

On January 19, 2008, Huckabee finished in second place in the South Carolina Republican primary, 2008, behind John McCain who finished first and ahead of Fred Thompson who finished third.[44]

On January 29, 2008, Huckabee finished in fourth place in the Florida primary, behind Rudy Giuliani in third, Mitt Romney in second, and John McCain in first place.

On February 5, 2008, Huckabee won the first contest of "Super Tuesday", the West Virginia GOP state convention, winning 52% of the electorate to Mitt Romney's 47%.[45] Backers of rival John McCain threw him their support to prevent Mitt Romney from capturing the winner-take-all GOP state convention vote.[46] Huckabee also registered victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee on Super Tuesday, bringing his delegate count up to 156, compared to 689 for Republican party front-runner John McCain[47].

On February 9, 2008, Huckabee won the first election following Super Tuesday, by winning 60% of the vote in the Kansas Republican Caucuses.[48] This was also the first contest to be held without Mitt Romney, who was said to be splitting the conservative vote with Huckabee and some pundits suggested it was the reason for Huckabee's landslide victory.[49] Huckabee also won the Louisiana Republican Primary with 44% of the vote to John McCain's 43% in second. Although Huckabee won the primary he was not awarded any delegates, because of the state party rules that state a candidate must pass the 50% threshold to receive the state's pledged delegates.[50]

On March 4, 2008, Huckabee withdrew from seeking the candidacy as it became apparent he would lose in Texas, where he had hoped to win and that John McCain would get the 1191 delegates required to win the Republican nomination.

Post-presidential campaign career

Even though Huckabee had signed a television contract and a book deal with a pressing deadline, he was mentioned by most to be on then-presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's short list for his Vice Presidential running mate. Huckabee was eventually passed over for Sarah Palin. Before his death, pundit Tim Russert even referred to Huckabee as "Vice President Huckabee" several times when he appeared on Meet The Press on May 18, 2008.[51]

Huckabee also gave a speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota on September 3. In the speech, he expressed support for McCain, giving an account of McCain's experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Due to his association with the FairTax, in August 2008, Huckabee was interviewed by Life Is My Movie Entertainment and will be featured in the documentary about taxes and tax reform, An Inconvenient Tax due to be released in 2009.

Former President Bill Clinton has praised Huckabee and stated that he is a rising star in the Republican Party. Clinton and Huckabee have collaborated on initiatives such as the fight against Childhood Obesity.[52][53]

Fox News show, radio show, and memoir

Mike Huckabee speaking at Brown University on October 30, 2008

Since the campaign Huckabee has published , Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America (released on November 18, 2008) which became a New York Times Best Seller[54] and "A Simple Christmas" (November 3, 2009), a non-political book which he took on tour around the same time Sarah Palin released "Going Rogue."

On June 12, 2008 Fox News announced it was hiring Huckabee as a political commentator and regular contributor to their 2008 American presidential election coverage, in their New York election headquarters.[4]

Now, Huckabee hosts a weekend show, Huckabee, on Fox News. The show premiered Saturday September 27, 2008, at 8 PM EST.

Huckabee filled in for Paul Harvey in July 2008.[55] A few months later, he signed a deal with ABC Radio Networks to carry a daily commentary, The Huckabee Report, beginning in January 2009.[56] After Harvey's death his show replaced Harvey's broadcasts.[57]

Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman and Huckabee's former campaign manager Chip Saltsman has called governor Huckabee, "The most successful failed presidential candidate in the history of our country." [58]

Possible 2012 presidential campaign

In a November 19, 2008 article by the Associated Press, Huckabee addressed the possibility of running for President in 2012. He said, "I'm not ruling anything out for the future, but I'm not making any specific plans".[59]

Marc Ambinder has identified him as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.[60]

Amid speculation about a future run for the Presidency, a CNN poll in December 2008 found Huckabee at the top of the list of 2012 GOP contenders, along with former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, fellow 2008 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.[61]

On December 3, 2008 local NBC news station WLWT asked Huckabee about the prospect of running, to which he said, "I'm pretty sure I'll be out there. Whether it's for myself or somebody else I may decide will be a better standard bearer, that remains to be seen." [62]

A June 2009 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll showed Huckabee as the 2012 presidential co-favorite of the Republican electorate along with Palin and Romney.[63] An October 2009 poll of Republicans by Rasmussen Reports put Huckabee in the lead with 29%, followed by Romney on 24% and Palin on 18%.[64]

In a November 2009 Gallup poll, Huckabee was shown as the leading Republican contender for 2012.[65]

Clemency and Pardon controversies

As governor Huckabee commuted and accepted recommendations for pardon for twice as many sentences as his three predecessors combined, in total 1,033 prisoners.[66] Twelve of those had previously been convicted of murder.[67] Huckabee’s pardons and commutations became an issue during the 2008 Republican Primary, with most of the controversy focusing on Dumond.[66] The controversy again received national attention in November 2009 with Maurice Clemmons, who had committed burglary without a weapon, and whom Huckabee commuted his sentence to 47 years making him eligible for parole if approved by the parole board. As factors in his decision, Huckabee cited the unusually long sentence of 108 years for Clemmons, who was 16 at the time, that Clemmons had already served 11 years of jail time, the unanimous decision by the bipartisan state pardon board in Clemmon's favor, and the original trial judge's support for clemency.[68][69] After his release in 2000 Clemmons was arrested a number of times for multiple offenses including child molestation and aggravated assault, but was released after prosecutors declined to file charges. On November 29, 2009, four police officers were murdered in Lakewood, Washington, and Clemmons was the only suspect. Following a manhunt for Clemmons, a Seattle police officer shot him dead on December 1, 2009.[70][71]

Political positions

Electoral history

Public image

Personal life

Weight loss and health advocacy

Huckabee (second from left) in August 2002 before his weight loss.

When elected governor of Arkansas, Huckabee was obese. In 2003, physicians diagnosed him with type 2 diabetes and informed him that he would not live more than 10 years if he did not lose weight. Huckabee acknowledges that he has weighed as much as 300 pounds (135 kg). Prompted by this diagnosis (as well as the subsequent death of former Governor Frank D. White, whose obesity contributed to a fatal heart attack), Huckabee began eating a healthier diet and exercising. He subsequently lost over 110 pounds (50 kg).[72][73][74] The New York Times called the weight loss so rapid that "it was as if he simply unzipped a fat suit and stepped out."[75]

Although Huckabee has stated that he never smoked nor drank,[14] he declared himself a "recovering foodaholic". Huckabee has publicly recounted his previous burdens as an obese man: the steps of the Arkansas capitol from the entrance of the building up to the Governor's office were so long and steep that he would be out of breath and exhausted by the time he reached the top of the stairs. He secretly feared that he would be interviewed by media at the top of the steps, and that he would be too out of breath to respond.[76]

Huckabee has discussed his weight loss and used health care reform as a major focus of his governorship.[77]

At an August 2007 forum on cancer hosted by Lance Armstrong, Huckabee said he would support a federal smoking ban, but has stated that he believes the issue is best addressed by state and local governments.[78]

Huckabee has completed several marathons: the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon, the 2005 and 2006 Little Rock Marathon and the 2006 New York City Marathon.[79] The 2005 Little Rock Marathon featured an impromptu challenge between Huckabee and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack. Huckabee completed the marathon in 4:38:31, defeating Vilsack by 50 minutes. He wrote a book chronicling his weight-loss experience, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork. Huckabee was one of 10 recipients of a 2006 AARP Impact Award acknowledging his work as a "health crusader."

Capitol Offense (rock band)

Capitol Offense performing at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Day Dinner on April 14, 2007 in Des Moines.

Huckabee's band, Capitol Offense,[80] has played for political events and parties, including entertaining at unofficial inaugural balls in Washington, D.C. in January 2001 and later again 2005, both organized and promoted by the conservative website Free Republic[81] as well as the 2004 GOP Convention.[82]


Huckabee was made the chair of the Southern Governors' Association in 1999 and served in capacity through 2000. He has chaired the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Southern Region Education Board, the Southern Technology Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and the Education Commission of the States. He is also a member of the Republican Governors Association and former chairman of the National Governors Association. Huckabee is presently the chairman of a conservative PAC called the Vertical Politics Institute.


Huckabee has written or co-authored several books:

  • Character is the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America (1997), a memoir (inspired by the crisis surrounding the incidents prior to his taking office as governor)
  • Kids Who Kill (1998), a book about juvenile violence (inspired by the Jonesboro massacre, which took place during his tenure as governor)
  • Living Beyond Your Lifetime (2000), a guide for leaving a personal legacy
  • Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork (2005), a health and exercise inspirational guide (based on his personal health experience) Publisher: Center Street
  • From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 Steps to Restoring America's Greatness (2007) Publisher: Center Street
  • "De-Marketing Obesity" in the California Management Review, (with Brian Wansink), 47:4 (Summer 2005), 6-18.
  • Huckabee also wrote the foreword to My Story Your Story His Story (2006) by Larry Toller
  • Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, and What I Believe, by Mike Huckabee (2007)
  • Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America, by Mike Huckabee (2008)
  • A Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit, by Mike Huckabee (2009)


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2012 Blog
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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Guy Tucker
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
1993 – 1996
Served Under: Jim Guy Tucker
Succeeded by
Winthrop Paul Rockefeller
Governor of Arkansas
1996 – 2007
Succeeded by
Mike Beebe
Preceded by
Mark Warner
Chairman of National Governors Association
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
Janet Napolitano
Party political offices
Preceded by
Asa Hutchinson
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Arkansas
Class 3

Succeeded by
Fay Boozman
Preceded by
Kenneth Harris
Republican Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
1993, 1994
Succeeded by
Winthrop Paul Rockefeller
Preceded by
Sheffield Nelson
Republican Party nominee for Governor of Arkansas
1998, 2002
Succeeded by
Asa Hutchinson


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

"I'm pretty sure there's gonna be duck hunting in heaven... and I can't wait!" – Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR)

Michael Dale Huckabee (born 24 August 1955) was the fifty-fourth governor of Arkansas, and the third Republican governor since reconstruction. He term-limited out in 2006, and was succeeded by Democrat Mike Beebe in January 2007. He is an author, speaker, and Republican presidential candidate in 2008.


Republican Debates

  • We have 6,000 kids every day drop out in this country. And they don't drop out because they're dumb. They drop out because they're bored to death. They're in a 19th century education system in a 21st century world. If we really are serious, then, first of all, we make sure that we build the curriculum around their interests, rather than just push them into something they don't care. Second thing, unleash weapons of mass instruction. I'm a passionate, ardent supporter of having music and art in every school for every student at every grade level. - Republican presidential candidate debate in Johnston, Iowa. 12/12/07
  • Regarding the FairTax proposal -- "It's the best proposal that we ought to have because it's flatter, it's fairer, it's finite, it's family friendly. And instead, we've had a Congress that spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop," he said. - Republican presidential candidate debate in Johnston, Iowa. 12/12/07
  • When our founding fathers put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, those 56 brave people, most of whom by the way were clergymen, they said that we had certain inalienable rights given to us by our Creator. - Republican debate on 10/21/07


Speech to FRCAction (2006)

Speech to the FRCAction's Washington Briefing (22 September 2006)

On compassion

  • When we say we're going to be people of compassion, we need to realize what they consider compassion may not be what we consider compassion when we sit around in our circles of politics. They're concerned about a son who may be held back in school, or about a daughter with asthma, or if one broken arm on the playground means missing the rent payment next month. Those of us who are people of faith have an obligation not only care who gets elected, but to care about lives and communities. That's how we earn the right to present policies, not only to change America, but to change the world-- when we care about life and care about people.
  • We ought to be people of compassion. And being people of compassion means we deny ourselves, and our self centeredness.
  • We need to get past the paperwork and to the people.

On failings of public policy

  • The simplest way to an act of Fair Tax. That is the first thing I would love to do is put the IRS out of business and quit wasting the 10 billion dollars it costs to operate. If we had a fair tax it would eliminate all the various taxes hidden in our system it would be a revenue neutral its the best proposal we need to have. It's fairer, Flatter, and family friendly we had congress spend money like John Edwards was in a beauty shop.
  • People who are tired of K Street corruption and Wall Street greed are ready for Main Street Values.
  • We've become so polarized we've become paralyzed.
  • Every single one of us as Americans need to remember that freedom did not come free, as we get on our knees tonight, thank God we live in a country where people are trying to break into, and not a country people are trying to break out of.
  • Let me submit to you that we are too concerned with horizontal politics in America today. Perhaps the people out there eating dinner tonight aren't as concerned about the horizontal politics of left and right, but with the vertical politics: are we lifting them up or tearing them down.
  • Let me ask you, have ever met anybody when they were really sick say, "Oh my gosh, I have a desperate disease. Get me to Havana; I've got to have the best health care in the world." - response to Michael Moore's documentary regarding health care in America
  • Sometimes we talk about why we're importing so many people in our workforce. It might be for the last 35 years, we have aborted more than a million people who would have been in our workforce had we not had the holocaust of liberalized abortion under a flawed Supreme Court ruling in 1973. - on illegal immigration

On national politics

  • In traveling, I've sensed there's a degree of frustration, even anger at the elected officials in Washington. And part if it is that there's some sense that the people's priorities haven't necessarily been Washington's priorities.
  • [The voters] sent people [to Washington] to make sure that they cut spending and lower taxes, secure the borders and respected the states. Instead, spending is up, we can't seem to agree on anything about how to protect our borders, and one of the great concerns I think we ought to all be having is that the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, with a limited central government having power left to the states as so clearly laid out in the 10th Amendment is being ignored. It's as though the ghost of Alexander Hamilton has risen from the grave to restart the debate that was settled two hundred and thirty years ago.
  • In some ways, politics has become captive to the whole mindset of the eBay generation, with politics going to the highest bidder. The one who can raise the most cash rather than those who raise the highest level of consciousness and conscience.
  • Let me submit to you that we are too concerned with horizontal politics in America today. Perhaps the people out there eating dinner tonight aren't as concerned about the horizontal politics of left and right, but with the vertical politics: are we lifting them up or tearing them down.
  • We expect government, at the end of the day to balance the budget and serve the people's interests instead of their own interests.

On Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

  • Hurricane Katrina reminded us something- we all live below sea level. Protected by the levees of our health, our job, and our families. Those levees could break, and when they do, we could be in trouble.
  • [In Hurricanes Karina and Rita] the government failed, but the people did not. We were once again reminded where the strength of America lies. It's not in the government; it's in the goodness and the heart of the ordinary, everyday people. And that is a powerful reminder for all of us.

On his faith's influence on government

  • Let us remember, as people of faith, that our primary mission is not to have a political ideology, it's to change the world so that every man, woman, boy, and girl can experience true freedom. Not just the freedom to speak out, but the freedom within to be all God ever intended for us to be. I would suggest that we need an evangelical version of Shock and Awe. That we would show this country that the people of faith are not just angry folks mad about some things we don't like, but people who have joy in our hearts. People who want to help those without housing to find it, those without drinking water to drink it, to help people who are hungry at night to know what it is to have food. And you know, some people say, “Are you worried that the government might try to do it,” and yes I am, but I'm even more worried the church won't do it, and the government will mess up trying. That's why those of us who are people of faith need to act out of our souls and consciousness, and not expect government to do what we could do if every believer, instead of sending half of his money to the government in taxes, would give one dime out of every dollar to his church.
  • Pro-life isn't just a political ideology, it goes to the very root and core of who we are and what we think about life, and the core is that we value it.
  • Being pro-life doesn't end at birth, and being Christian doesn't just mean caring about someone after death.
  • We don't need to focus on what we're against, but on what we're for. I don't like it when people say, ‘But you're against abortion!' I say, no I'm for life. I don't like it when people say, ‘But you're against gay marriage!' I say no, I'm for keeping marriage the only way it' ever been in history; and until Moses brings two stone tablets down from Brokeback Mountain that say we've changed the rules, we're going to keep it that way.
  • I have opponents in this race who 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 -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family.

On Arkansas government

  • Let me assure you, when I became governor (after my predecessor was being told he 'had the right to remain silent' ten years ago), there were people who were scared to death. They were just confident that I was going to replace the Capital dome with a steeple, and instead of legislative sessions we would have prayer meetings. But I promised to show I wasn't just there to be preaching, but to make progress.
  • We wiped away decades of one-party corruption in the state government.
  • Some people ask me, ‘Are you one of those narrow-minded Baptists who think only Baptists are going to Heaven?' And I say, ‘Dear friend, I'm more narrow minded than that. I don't think all the Baptists are going to make it.' [laughs]


  • When I was in college, we used to take popcorn poppers, because that was the only thing they'd let us have in the dorms, and we'd fry squirrels in the popcorn popper in the dorm rooms.
  • But I'm pro-life because I believe life begins at conception, and I believe that we should do everything possible to protect that life because it is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as an American people. We value the life of one as if it's the life of all, and that's why we go out for the 12-year-old Boy Scout in North Carolina when he's lost; that's why we look for the 13 miners in Sago, West Virginia, when the mine explodes; that's why we go looking for the hikers in Mount Hood, because we value life, and it's what separates us from the Islamic jihadists who are out to kill us. They celebrate death. They have a culture of death. Ours is a culture of life.
  • Here’s the clear “science:” When the male sperm and female egg join, a new and unique life form is created. At conception. Not at birth or viability, or when a lawyer says so. At conception this happens. John McCain got it right; Obama pled less scientific knowledge than a 5th grader. This life is either human or something else. Science irrefutably would declare that the life which is starting from that moment is human. It’s not a stalk of broccoli, it’s not a parrot, squirrel, or dolphin. It will never become a tree—it can only become a human. It has the entire DNA schedule that it will have for the rest of its life right then. In days it will begin to take on increasingly observable human characteristics and form, but at conception, it is biologically human. If this life is human, then the only issue left is whether this human life falls under the notion that it has a fundamental right of existence or not. If not, it is because we as a culture have decided that some human lives are simply not worth living. If we can decide that about an innocent and unborn baby, we can also decide it on the basis of less absolute criteria than that. If we make that choice (and this is all about “CHOICE,” isn’t it?) then someone may decide that a terminally ill person is not a life worth living. Maybe a severely disabled child is a life not worth living; what about a person with a limited IQ? Say that’s absurd—that an educated and enlightened society would never be so audacious as to begin to terminate life based on such arbitrary excuses? Maybe you haven’t studied Nazi Germany, in which the murder of six million Jews was justified because of their religion and millions of others were murdered because of their politics. Germany was not a primitive, superstitious culture. It was one filled with the intelligentsia and enlightened. This is an important issue. It’s why we can’t trust Obama with America’s future because he’s not even sure which Americans are worth saving and which ones aren’t. And it’s why that for many of us, McCain’s selection of a running mate really does matter. Because John McCain clearly is pro life, I will support and vote for him because Obama is not an option for me as a pro life person. I will be disappointed if McCain doesn’t pick a true pro life person and realize that should that happen, he will lose many of the very people who supported me. I cannot expect all of you to vote for McCain if he chooses someone whose record isn’t pro life. It will be a less than perfect decision for all of us---our only real choices are McCain and Obama; one will protect life and one won’t. Some will argue for a 3rd party candidate and I respect that, but in political realities, that is essentially a vote for Obama and I can’t go there.
  • We don't have a health care system. We have a health care maze. And we don't have a health care crisis. We have a health crisis. Eighty percent of the $2 trillion we spend on health care in this country is spent on chronic disease. If we don't change the health of this nation by focusing on prevention, we're never going to catch up with the costs no matter what plan we have. ... And we've got a situation with 10,000 baby boomers a day signing up for Social Security, going into the Medicare system. And I just want to remind everybody when all the old hippies find out that they get free drugs, just wait until what that's going to cost out there.
  • Hi, I'm Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, wanting to say 'Congratulations Canada on preserving your national igloo'.
  • Answering a question about whether he believes in evolution: But you know, if anybody wants to believe they’re the descendants of a primate, they’re welcome to do it.
  • Huckabee speaking to an NRA group during his presidential campaign: I’m pretty sure there will be duck hunting in heaven and I can’t wait.
  • I may not be the expert as some people on foreign policy, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
  • I didn’t major in math. I majored in miracles, and I still believe in them, too. [1]
  • My plan on securing the border? Two words: "Chuck Norris"
  • It's more likely I'll dye my hair green, get a bunch of tattoos and go on tour with Amy Winehouse.
    • On the possibility of him running for the Senate seat after losing the White House run.[2]
  • I think Americans would rather have a President that reminds them of the guy they worked rather than the guy who laid them off

About Huckabee

  • I think that, that it would be hard for New Hampshire to vote for somebody who was a fundamentalist minister, affable as he is. He does seem to actually want to write, for example, a prohibition against abortion into the Constitution, which Ronald Reagan, for all his talking about it, never tried to do one time.

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Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24 1955) is a former governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas. He was governor from 1996 to 2007. He is a Republican. He is also a Southern Baptist minister. He wanted to be President of the United States in the 2008 election, but did not get picked by his party.

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