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Another Arkansas Governor Running for President

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Posted on Jan 28, 2007
Mike Huckabee

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.

Washington Post:

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.

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By jkoch, January 29, 2007 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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Mr Bush would find Huckabee to be a wonderful successor.  They share practically their entire political philosophy.  The only difference is that Huckabee recognizes that some things need to be paid for.  Bush likes to spend but simply passes the buck.

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By Quy Tran, January 29, 2007 at 10:25 am Link to this comment
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He really needs to shred much more pounds before thinking to run. Don’t break your legs and just hold your breath. Sorry !

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By AnnaCatherine, January 29, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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Does Mr. Huckabee know that being opposed to gay marriage, abortion,and probably flag burning will not get him elected? We just voted those people out. If the country needs another religion he’s free to pursue that end. But not in the White House. Pick up a newspaper Mr. Huckabee and see what’s really going on in the world. There are reasons who you’re a ‘long’ shot’.

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By mite, January 29, 2007 at 6:39 am Link to this comment
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How about a candidate that Honors the Constitution-Bill of Rights and the ‘Oath of Office.

Congressman Ron Paul of the 14th district of Texas is running for President but no alphabet news agency or newspapers are letting the U.S. people about his run. I wonder why! Could it be that the CFR, and bankers do not want the news out?

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By Terry Sloth, January 28, 2007 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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Just what we need more Christian conservatives, who think they have all the “right-wing” answers. Another misogynistic, homophobic whose is a supplicant for the Evangelical ideologues—it is enough to make you barf on a bible—Old and New Testament.

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