- Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas
- Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is an American politician who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas. He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries, winning the 2008 Iowa ...Wikipedia
- Born: August 24, 1955 (age 59), Hope, AR
- Spouse: Janet Huckabee (m. 1974)
- TV shows: Huckabee
- Children: David Huckabee, Sarah Huckabee, John Mark Huckabee
- Education: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ouachita Baptist University
Live From Council Bluffs, It's Mike Huckabee
December 2, 2015
By Scott Johnson
Nebraska attorney David Begley must be nearing the end of his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Governor Mike Huckabee in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Dave’s report is below.
Since the Creighton Bluejay basketball game was the next night, I drove to Council Bluffs to see Mike Huckabee with the thought that I would be entertained. Boy, was I wrong. Voting for President is a binary decision but from an academic point of view it is a crying shame he is at 1.7% in the combined national polls. The guy has plenty of substance and skill.
Power Line has noted Huckabee’s political skills. To see him on television and to see him at a long-form event in person is like the difference between Division I college baseball and major league baseball. It’s the same game, but the higher level of skill and talent are apparent in the professional game.
Huckabee reminded me of Robert Redford in The Natural. Mike has a natural affability, quick wit, and ability to turn a phrase that is a rare combination in a politician. He’s also a smart guy who is thoughtful and sincere.
There was one heckler in the audience regarding the Colorado Springs shootings and Huckabee sent the guy down on three strikes without swinging. It was a thing of beauty. The only candidate who I haven’t seen is Jeb Bush, but this was the single best performance of them all.
Huckabee’s opening comments and the first question from the audience asked: “Is our greatest threat ISIS or global warming?”
Huckabee’s answer touched on many of the same points Steve Hayward made in this Power Line post. It was almost like Huckabee had read Power Line and maybe he had. In essence, minor changes in temperature decades from now are inconsequential compared to radical Islam and the danger it presents to America right now.
The Governor worked in the fact that Obama was acting more like the Meteorologist in Chief rather than the Commander in Chief. He noted that beheading was worse than sunburn. Huckabee’s view was that Obama doesn’t understand the enemy and radical Islam is our greatest threat. He observed that the ISIS savages are worse than the Nazis as the Nazis at least tried to hide their savagery while ISIS is proud of its work and broadcasts it to the world. Huckabee said that radical Islam is an enemy like no other and we either eradicate it now or we will regret it. Powerful stuff.
His main pitch for votes is that he is an experienced governor who has made life and death decisions in the past. As the long-time Arkansas governor he had to deal with many death penalty cases. He said he read every single page in boxes of documents as his decision was not reversible. He later worked in the analogy that the Presidency is not an entry level job and one wouldn’t want a volunteer with no experience to fly a jet. His jet pilot analogy wasn’t perfect but it made his point.
Finally, sharing the stage with the Governor was Dr. Mark Christian of the Global Faith Institute. Christian was born a Muslim in Egypt and became an OB/GYN. He converted to Christianity and somehow ended up in Omaha. He said that quite recently the chief imam at the Grand Mosque in Mecca spent 24 minutes praying for ISIS and he is working on a translation. Sounds newsworthy to me.
Dr. Christian also settled for me a point of language that has bothered me for a long time. ISIL refers to the Islamic State in the Levant. The Levant does not recognize any borders among nations. ISIS, on the other hand, limits the terrorists to Syria and doesn’t admit their transnational ambitions.
My view is that when President Obama refers to the radical Islamic terrorists as ISIL he is conceding a point of rhetoric to the enemy, a sort of admission against interest which no decent lawyer would ever make in a court case. It is the height of foolishness to concede any point of the narrative to these people. It will always be ISIS for anyone who understands what we are up against and how to win. And we aren’t talking about a lawsuit here.
This blog post was originally posted on Powerline blog here.
Mike Huckabee Joins Republican Presidential Race
By TRIP GABRIEL
MAY 5, 2015
HOPE, Ark. — Mike Huckabee, who excited evangelical voters in his first presidential race in 2008 and retains much of their good will, announced on Tuesday that he will again seek the Republican nomination, despite a crowded field of rivals for his natural base in the party.
A former Southern Baptist pastor and Arkansas governor, Mr. Huckabee is returning in hopes of once more dominating among social conservatives, but he is acutely aware he needs broader support to avoid the snares of last time, when he ran dry of money and failed to appeal much beyond the South.
After describing a childhood of school prayer, fishing for catfish and running for student council in Hope, Mr. Huckabee said, “So it seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce I am a candidate for president of the United States.”
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It was no small detail that he declared his candidacy in Hope, where he was born. Its fame as the hometown of an even better-known Arkansas politician, Bill Clinton, highlights a major theme of Mr. Huckabee’s 2016 pitch – that he is well suited to be the Republican nemesis for Hillary Rodham Clinton, if she becomes the Democratic nominee, because Mr. Huckabee spent years in state politics fighting what he calls the “Clinton machine.”
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Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential RunMr. Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday.
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Like Mr. Clinton, Mr. Huckabee grew up with little and casts himself as a populist champion of the working class, though with conservative solutions. He attacked trade deals that “drive wages lower than the dead sea” and implicitly rebuked Jeb Bush for recently proposing to raise the age for collecting Social Security benefits.
On the day Mrs. Clinton entered the race last month, Mr. Huckabee tweaked her on Twitter: “Your announcement makes me nostalgic for our days doing political battle in Arkansas.”
The biggest question in voters’ minds about Mr. Huckabee, 59, who seemed to add a final punctuation mark to his political career by skipping the 2012 presidential race, may be why he has returned to the fray.
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What Mike Huckabee Would Need to Do to Win Although American politics is full of stories of the ultimate triumph of also-rans, from Richard M. Nixon to Ronald Reagan, Mr. Huckabee would seem to face greater obstacles than during his first presidential campaign, when he battled only a couple of rivals for the party’s conservative base.
Now half a dozen or more declared and likely candidates appeal to social conservatives, and Mr. Huckabee’s party has moved further rightward. He is vulnerable to criticism for positions he once held in favor of the Common Core education standards and a cap-and-trade program to fight global warming.
“It is a completely different environment than 2008, with different issues and with different candidates,” said Bob Vander Plaats, who was chairman of Mr. Huckabee’s 2008 Iowa campaign and is uncommitted this time.
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Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? Mr. Huckabee’s upset victory in the Iowa caucuses eight years ago, powered by evangelicals and home-school families, has been burnished to a political legend in the state that holds the first nominating contest. Recent polls show Iowa Republicans still put Mr. Huckabee among their top preferences, although he has been surpassed by more prominent party figures including Scott Walker and Jeb Bush.
To an unusual degree, strategists for Mr. Huckabee are counting on his likability – a folksy charm that a national audience got to know during his six years as a Fox News host – to break through the pack of competitors.
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On Tuesday, he deployed his affability in making a series of jabs at rivals that, in the mouth of another politician, could have seemed angry. He criticized candidates who deceive taxpayers and “live off the government payroll” while running for higher office – an elbow aimed at most of the current Republican field. “Have the integrity and decency to resign,” Mr. Huckabee said.
One problem for his candidacy is likely to be money. Mr. Huckabee raised just over $16 million in 2008, and despite victories in eight nominating contests saw his campaign expire for lack of funds to advertise in major states like Florida. The rules of campaign finance have changed in the new “super PAC” era, when as few as one or two super-wealthy supporters can fund an outside, parallel campaign. But it is unclear whether Mr. Huckabee has yet attracted such support.
Unusual for an announcement speech, Mr. Huckabee’s address Tuesday included a plea for money, specifically donations of $15 or $25 a month. “I will ask you to give something in the name of your children and grandchildren,” he said.
CONTINUE READING THE MAIN STORY306COMMENTSIn recent months, Mr. Huckabee has broadened his policy focus to the threat posed by Islamic extremists, and in his announcement he criticized President Obama for putting “more pressure on our ally Israel to cease building bedrooms for their families in Judea and Samaria than we do on Iran for building a bomb.”
He has visits planned in the coming days to Iowa and South Carolina, a two-step between early nominating states with large numbers of evangelical voters. He will spend less time courting New Hampshire’s fiscal conservatives.
Should Mr. Huckabee’s campaign survive the early states, a potential bonus awaits him on March 1, when at least five conservative Southern states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee – are maneuvering to vote the same day. He won four of the states in 2008.
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Everybody’s Wrong: Cruz & Huckabee Are on Opposite Sides of the Ball
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s camp says that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has two different messages on social issues, one for Blue states, another for red states. That is true, but not for the reason Huckabee says. It is because he and Cruz look at abortion and “gay marriage” from two different points of view. The Cruz position is the same as Ron Paul’s was in 2012. It is essentially libertarian. The reason Cruz can appear to be on both sides is because he can tailor his message to the audience. He can tell blue states audiences that they can keep their liberal laws, and red states that they can keep their conservative ones. He is not flip-flopping. He is being consistent, as Shane Vander Hart has shown
The “state’s rights position” is totally unworkable on marriage, for previous laws have always required that states accept every other state’s standards. The Cruz position is actually a step backwards for the pro-life movement, as well. Morally, abortion is a national sin. Cruz can say he has done all he can to stop abortion. But Ron Paul’s pro-abortion supporters knew that his position would not stop abortions at all. He could brag all he wanted about proposing laws that would outlaw abortion nationally, but he knew they would never see the light of day,
Huckabee should hammer this home during the remainder of the presidential primary season. 2015 is the time to make this clear, not 2016. Cruz position is pro-choice, Huckabee is the pro-life alternative.
(Disclaimer: Governor Huckabee wrote the Foreword for my book, With Christ in the Voting Booth. I will likely support him again this time around)
David ShedlockGod has blessed David and his wife Judy with 5 boys, and 18 wonderful grandchildren. His book entitled "With Christ in the Voting Booth: Casting Down Imaginations" BeforeCasting Your Vote", with a Foreword by Mike Huckabee, was published by Calvary Press in September.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He has been been a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa for over 17 years.
Huckabee Defends 'Fair Tax," Says It Won't Hurt Poor
Sunday, 24 May 2015 11:29 AM
By Greg Richter
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday defended his "fair tax" plan and other positions in an interview with his former employer, Fox News.
"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace challenged Huckabee on his support for the consumption tax that he proposes to replace income, estate and gift taxes.
Huckabee said reports are untrue that what is essentially a federal sales tax would hit the poor the hardest since sales taxes for food and other necessities take up a larger percentage of their income than it does for those who earn more.
"They have it exactly wrong," Huckabee said. "It is the bottom third of the economy that benefit the most from the fair tax and the people in the top third that benefit least."
A "prebate," he said, "untaxes people for their necessities," thereby, aiding the poor.
Huckabee also was asked about his change in position on raising the age of Social Security benefits to 70 for people currently 55 or older. Huckabee said in 2011 he favored the change, but now says the government shouldn't renege on a promise that some workers have had for 40 years of their work lives.
'This was not a voluntary extraction from their paycheck," Huckabee said. "It was involuntarily lifted from them, under the guise that the government would then provide for them their money back in that Social Security or Medicare fund."
If the government starts breaking promises now, "it adds to the distrust that people have of government," Huckabee said, adding that any changes to future eligibility should be placed on those just now entering the workforce.
Asked about his statements that he might not obey some Supreme Court rulings, Huckabee said the country operates under the principle of "judicial review," but not "judicial supremacy."
"The Supreme Court is not the supreme branch, and, for God's sake, it isn't the Supreme Being," he said.
He again took a swipe at former Secretary of State Hillary Cinton, the expected Democratic nominee, saying emails on her private server are "very troubling, especially because we have yet to get an answer to what happened in Benghazi."
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Amazing! Mike Huckabee has totally changed his mind on Common Core
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12:41 PM
This And now, I present the super amazing transformation timeline of Mike Huckabee on common core. ———- Mid 2013: “These standards, known as Common Core State Standards, have been near and dear to my heart since I served as Governor of your neighboring state of Arkansas. And it’s disturbing to me there have been criticisms of these standards directed by other conservatives including the RNC. The truth of the matter is, these criticisms are short-sighted. Like many of you, I’ve heard the argument these standards “threaten local control” of what’s being taught in Oklahoma classrooms. Speaking from one conservative to another, let me assure you this simply is not true.” ———- Late 2013: “Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” ———- Today: “I also oppose Common Core and believe we should abolish the federal department of education. We must kill Common Core and restore common sense.” ———- I leave it to you to make up your own mind as to what this should make you think about Mike Huckabee and his effort to become President.
Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy
JANUARY 24, 2015 5:02 PM ET
Former Arkansas governer Mike Huckabee was a Republican presidential hopeful in the 2008 election. He writes that he wants his book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy to introduce Americans to life in "flyover country."
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is currently considering jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But if you're looking for clear sign of his intentions, you won't find it in his new book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.
The book is less a policy blueprint than Huckabee's diagnosis of the cultural divide in America. Huckabee contrasts the cities of New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. (what Huckabee calls "Bubble-ville") with much of the rest of the country, and, in particular, rural America (what he calls "Bubba-ville"). The latter, Huckabee writes, is where you can find the land of "God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy" of the title.
God, Guns, Grits, And Gravy by Mike Huckabee
Huckabee prefers "Bubba-ville", and writes that he feels "out of place in Washington, D.C." But, with a big wink towards 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Huckabee writes of Washington, "there's only one address in that city that I'd want to relocate to. ☺"
(And, to be clear, the smiley face is in the text.)
While promoting the book, Huckabee has kicked up controversy — particularly for his comments about singer Beyoncé Knowles and her husband, Jay-Z. In a chapter called "The Culture Of Crude," Huckabee writes disapprovingly of the pair's provocative performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards.
"Does it occur to [Jay-Z] that he is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object?" Huckabee writes.
The remark has been criticized for, among other things, suggesting that Beyoncé's career is controlled by her husband. In an interview with NPR's Arun Rath, Huckabee defends the passage in question, and expands on his depiction of a "cultural disconnect" in America, which, he says, can be even more polarizing than the divide between Democrats and Republicans.
Interview HighlightsOn America's cultural divides
In the three bubbles of influence — New York, Washington, and Hollywood — most of the cultural template of America is established, whether it's in fashion or finance or politics or government or music, entertainment, television, movies. A lot of people who live in the "flyover" land will sometimes say, "My gosh, that's very different than the general prevailing attitude of the land of God, guns, grits and gravy."
So this book tries to explain, here's who we are. It says to the people out there in flyover country, you're not alone. There are a lot of you. And you may not think there are a lot of you, because everything you see on TV and in the movies is more connected to the bubbles.
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On the divide over gun ownership
Even my own Fox News staff that I would work with every week — good people. Many of the people on my show staff, anyway, were conservative, but many of them were not. But if the issue of guns came up, it was almost universal. Like, "You really own a firearm? Why?"
Most of them had never owned a gun, never picked up one, never shot one, had no idea what they would ever do if they did have one. And that's just very different from the way I grew up, where I had a first BB gun at age 5, and a pellet gun at age 7, and a .22 rifle at age 9. But I grew up also never imagining that I would point it at someone and murder anybody over it.
On the controversy over his comments on Beyoncé
I never thought that that particular reference was going to create any controversy. And I do believe that a lot of people were reacting not to what I said in its full context — they were reacting to what the headlines said that were the reports on it and the blogs on it, which have been numerous to say the least. ...
It's not a value judgment that one [culture] is right, the other is wrong. But what is completely, maybe, normal and not the least bit distressing to people in the cultural bubbles of New York, D.C., and Hollywood — and I'm not just talking about language — but what's normal in Washington, for example, and the way government works is appalling to those of us who live out here and have to pay for this nonsense.
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In Houston, Mike Huckabee Details Energy Plan
by Patrick Svitek
May 11, 2015
photo by: Patrick Svitek
HOUSTON — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the latest Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race, took to Texas' oil capital Monday to flesh out his plan for making the United States less dependent on foreign sources of energy.
Huckabee laid out an eight-point strategy that he said could "completely transform the balance of world power," including lifting the United States' 40-year ban on crude-oil exports and ending what critics see as a similar, de facto prohibition on natural-gas exports. He also called for a stronger embrace of alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind power.
"We need to be a country that looks at the world and realizes energy is the backbone of making this world function, and we start talking about what we can do rather than what we can't do," Huckabee told a lunchtime crowd in a downtown building with panoramic views of the Houston skyline.
The proposals, Huckabee said, would move America away from an "energy-dependent culture" that threatens national security as the United States deals with oil-rich nations that do not always have its best interests at heart. The speech to the Houston Club — atop a skyscraper named after Shell Oil — was among Huckabee's first forays into policy since announcing his candidacy last week.
In addition to scrapping the export bans, Huckabee called for giving local and state governments more control over energy policy — as opposed to federal officials who "wouldn't know an oil field from a golf course if they saw one," Huckabee said. That entails moving the "regulations back to the people closest to the industries," he added. That issue has flared up at the Texas Capitol, where lawmakers are debating whether to take away the ability of cities and towns to ban fracking after Denton did so last year.
On alternative sources of energy, Huckabee said they should supplement greater use of the resources the country already has. He added that Americans "shouldn't demonize renewable fuels," hinting at a debate that is raging in early-voting Iowa, where Republicans are divided on the Renewable Fuel Standard central to the state's farm economy.
Huckabee also called for opening more federal lands to exploration, getting rid of burdensome regulations at the federal level, using energy as a "bargaining chip" on the world stage and modernizing the electric grid. Currently, he said the American power grid is vulnerable to an attack that could leave citizens "living the life of Fred and Wilma Flintstone" within minutes.
Huckabee cast doubt on claims that growing the oil industry would hurt the U.S. environment, saying the United States already produces the cleanest forms of energy in the world. If America shies away from energy exploration, countries with far worse track records on pollution will happily fill the void, he suggested.
"Do you think for a moment they're doing it with a real consciousness for how clean it is?" Huckabee asked, using China, Iran and Russia as examples.
The low-key speech mostly steered clear of politics except for a handful of references to President Obama. Huckabee dinged Obama for delaying a decision on whether to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which "ought to be one of the easiest pieces of low-hanging fruit the president could pick up on." And Huckabee reiterated his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement Obama wants to fast-track in Congress, saying it "looks like once again our trading partners would get the better end of the deal."
Huckabee's speech came as he kicked off a 17-city fundraising tour in Houston. He was scheduled to raise money later Monday in Austin and Tuesday in Dallas. He is set to return to Texas on May 28 for a fundraiser in Amarillo.