Former Governor of Arkansas, Mike Huckabee has always had an uphill battle. He ran for Governor in Arkansas, against the Clinton election machine that had been established in the state. He won the race for Governor, while the Clinton’s were in the highest office.
A man of the cloth, he originally served as a Southern Baptist minister. He holds his faith close to him and separating religion and politics is “absolutely impossible.” He has also been quoted as saying, “”I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.” It is believed that his Christian background gave him the edge he needed to take the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Huckabee, a relative unknown in a field of prominent politicians considered this a surprise win that gave his campaign much needed momentum for the 2008 Presidential race.
While he did not win the 2008 Nomination, he did gain public exposure and committed followers. He has a TV show on Fox News and is an accomplished writer. He has spoken on everything from politics to losing weight. He is seen as a “real” guy, not a politician. And as trivial as that may sound, many believe that is the reason Bush beat Gore. He seems like the kind of guy you could “have a beer with”. Although I don’t know if Huckabee would be much of a drinker.
When asked if he will be throwing his hat in for the 2012 Presidential race on ABC’s News Show Nightline on Monday, February 21st, he stated that he is taking all of the options into consideration but will not declare as a candidate for the 2012 Presidential race, as of yet. Huckabee went duck hunting with the reporter, one of his favorite pastimes.
During the interview, Huckabee mentioned that the concept of an easy race against President Barack Obama is incorrect. Obama will start off with a billion dollars. Fundraising is not one of Huckabee’s strong suits. Challenging an incumbent is rarely an easy task. And while Obama’s poll numbers are going down, he does have the ability to reach out to younger voters and the African American voters to energize his campaign and get those who normally don’t vote to turn out.
But remember, Huckabee took on and BEAT the Clinton machine in Arkansas when their former Governor was sitting in the White House. Huckabee has the Christian Coalitions on his side, as they can relate with his ministry and values. And in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses, he was popular among the female voters, something the GOP has struggled with. While Obama has Oprah, Huckabee has Chuck Norris. Two different celebrities who have the ability to energize different bases and turn out voters.
In the GOP Presidential 2012 field saturated with diverse potential candidates, from the tea party’s Michelle Bachmann to the Multi-Billionaire and Reality Television star Donald Trump and everyone in between, is there room for the duck hunting Southern Baptist Minister from Arkansas? Only time will tell.