Mike Huckabee, who’s best known for dropping 100 pounds and urging obese Arkansans to follow his example, added his name to the swelling list of presidential contenders on Sunday.
He’s not the first Arkansas governor to be labeled a long shot in seeking the presidency, and the conservative Republican’s support of the war makes his chances that much slimmer.
Huckabee enters the race as a long shot, boasting little national name recognition and up against such high-profile and well-funded Republican candidates as Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. But, like Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.), Huckabee is trusting that the GOP’s traditional base is not content with the current leaders in the race and that there might be room for a staunch conservative who is antiabortion and opposed to same-sex marriage.
Huckabee, 51, said yesterday that he supports President Bush’s position on the Iraq war, and he discussed his record in Arkansas, which was not always predictable. He was an advocate for providing state services for illegal immigrants, opened up insurance benefits for 70,000 children from low-income homes and was criticized by fiscal conservatives for raising taxes several times.