Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will announce whether or not he will make a second attempt for the White House on May 5.
“I will announce on May the fifth in my hometown of Hope, Arkansas, what my plans are going to be,” Huckabee said to Fox News host Bret Baier on April 17.
The Southern Baptist minister is known for his initial success during the 2008 Republican primaries, where he resonated with more evangelical and cultural conservative voters during his bid for the presidency. During the Republican primary season that year, Huckabee won the important primary battleground state of Iowa and five other primary races, The New York Times noted.
When asked about the possibility of him winning Iowa again, Huckabee sounded quite optimistic.
“We know that Iowa is going to be an important part of that path. There’s going to be an expectation that I would do well there. But clearly, coming out of Iowa with momentum is important,” Huckabee said.
Despite a likely crowded Republican field, Huckabee continues to rank at the top of the list in many polls. In March, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed 52 percent support among Republican primary voters for Huckabee, only trailing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio has announced his is running, but Walker has not.
Critics have pointed out that, other than the Republican cultural voter base, other members in the party, as well as independents and Democrats, will not support him due to his more religious tone in politics. Fiscal conservatives also criticize Huckabee for raising taxes and opposing school vouchers during his time as governor of Arkansas.
Unlike past candidates, Huckabee has managed to stay in the spotlight since losing the primary in 2008. He recently ended a six-year run as host of his own television news program on Fox News. He also recently released a new book, “Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”
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