Where he stands: Mike Huckabee

Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee (born Aug. 24, 1955, in Hope, Ark.), a Republican, was governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate in the 2008 U.S. Republican presidential primaries, winning the Iowa GOP caucus and finishing second in delegate count and third in both popular vote and number of states won.

Beginning in 2008, Huckabee hosted the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee, ending the show in January 2015 to explore a potential bid for the presidency. From April 2012 through December 2013, he hosted a daily radio program. He is the author of several best-selling books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, a musician and a public speaker. He also is a political commentator on The Huckabee Report.

His first job, when he was 14, was at a radio station where he read the news and weather. He was Student Council president at Hope High School during the 1972–1973 school year.

Huckabee holds a bachelor’s degree in religion from Ouachita Baptist University. Before his political career, he served as pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., from 1980 to 1986, and the Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana from 1986 to 1992.

Huckabee started 24-hour television stations in both Pine Bluff and Texarkana, where he produced documentaries and hosted a program called Positive Alternatives.


Tax reform

Americans spend nearly $1 trillion each year complying with our 75,000-page tax code. We need the Fair Tax.

The Fair Tax brings trillions of dollars in offshore investment and manufacturing back to the United States.

The Fair Tax lowers everyone’s tax rates, untaxes the poor, broadens the tax base and helps protect Social Security and Medicare.

The Fair Tax guarantees that criminals, illegal immigrants and all who operate in the underground economy pay their fair share.

Washington bureaucrats will not have access to your personal financial information.


As President, I will:

  1. Stand with the Jewish people in our shared fight against radical Islam.
  2. Support a unified Jerusalem.
  3. Confront and stop Iran.
  4. Support Israel in the fight for peace, religious freedom and human rights.


I believe in self-reliance. We have hundreds of years of available energy underneath our feet and all around us. We can power ourselves out of this deep economic hole.

We should explore and exploit all forms of domestically produced energy — oil, gas, wind, solar, bio-fuels, hydro-electric, nuclear, coal — anything and everything.

National security

We must:

  1. Rebuild America’s military superiority.
  2. Restore our role as leader of the Free World. Our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust or respect us.
  3. As President, I will lead with moral clarity in a dangerous world.
  4. There is a difference between right and wrong, good and evil. I will keep all options on the table in order to defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.


Social Security and Medicare are not voluntary programs. They are based on involuntary confiscation from every paycheck with the promise that people will receive benefits when they retire.

As President, I will protect Social Security and Medicare. I will kill anything that poses a threat to the promises we have made to America’s seniors.


We must demand results, accountability and success for every child in every classroom. I oppose watering down our education standards or automatically promoting every student.

I also oppose Common Core and believe we should abolish the federal department of education.

Border security

As President, I will:

  1. Oppose amnesty.
  2. Secure the border now.

Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is the last line of defense against tyranny and must be protected. I was the first governor in America to have a concealed handgun license, and I’m a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

As President, I will:

  1. Defend the Second Amendment.
  2. Oppose new gun control laws.
  3. Protect the rights of gun owners.
  4. Oppose new gun restrictions, registrations, regulations and mandates.

Family values

I will never apologize for my faith, my convictions or my values.

Life begins at conception. This isn’t just a Biblical view — it’s affirmed by modern science and every unique human DNA schedule, which is present at conception.

As governor, I signed a fetal protection act. I imposed a ban on partial birth abortion, established waiting periods, created parental notification requirements and passed a bill so mothers who brought a newborn to a hospital or fire station would not be prosecuted for child abandonment.

We must defend, protect and preserve traditional marriage.


As President, I will:

  1. Reject EPA mandates that strangle farmers with bureaucracy.
  2. Fight for free and fair trade.
  3. Support American corn producers and the renewable fuel standard.
  4. Abolish the death tax.

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