Born: August 11, 1955, Hope, Arkansas
Spouse(s): Janet Huckabee
Children :John Mark, David, Sarah
Residence :North Little Rock, Arkansas
Alma mater: Ouachita Baptist University
Profession:Politician, Talk Show Host,Author, Public Speaker, & ordained Minister
Religion: Southern Baptist
- 1992, Ran for U.S. Senate in Arkansas against incumbent Dale Bumpers
- 1993, Huckabee to run in the special election for lieutenant governor and won, becoming only the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve as Arkansas lieutenant governor.
- 1994, Huckabee was re-elected to a full term as lieutenant governor, beating Democratic candidate Charlie Cole Chaffin with nearly 59 percent of the vote
- 1996, Huckabee announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Senator David Pryor.
- During that campaign Democrat Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted on one count of arranging nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans in conjunction with the Whitewater scandal. Tucker announced that he would resign. Lt. Governor Huckabee then withdrew from the senate race and assumed the office of Governor on July 15, 1996.
- 1998, Huckabee was elected to his first full term as Governor.
- 2002, Huckabee was reelected to his second four-year term
- 2008, Huckabee ran for the Republican presidential nomination but withdrew from the race when it became apparent that John McCain had won enough delegates to cinch the nomination.
Mike Huckabee could be a surprise pick by Romney designed to appeal to the Southern and evangelical base of the G.O.P. which need to find a good reason to vote Mitt. But picking him could also be a decision to also appeal to independent voters. While Huckabee is not necessarily considered a big independent vote getter, if given that mission in a campaign for Vice President, Huckabee could do a good job. His ability to articulate issues in a folksy, down-to-earth manner is quite effective and his command of the issues is admirable.
One major drawback to a place for Huckabee on the ticket is one of the same issues which probably prevented him from running for President.
When Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas, he pardoned Maurice Clemons, a man who’s criminal history included five felony convictions In 2009, killed 4 police officers in cold blood as they sat in a Lakewood, Washington coffee house.
The fact is that even after Clemons went on a spree in Arkansas that was so violent that a judge saw fit to sentence him to 95 years behind bars, Governor Huckabee issued Clemons clemency, and he did so over the objections of prosecutors.
In 1988 then Vice President George H.W. Bush used a similar incident in the now infamous Willie Horton ad, to decimate the Democrat presidential nominee, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis.
For obvious reasons, this will more than likely derail any chance for Huckabee to selected by Mitt Romney as his running mate.
- Excellent campaigner who can connect with voters, especially Independents
- Can help Romney bolster his standing among Southerners and evangelicals
- Has a fairly decent conservative record on the issues
- Executive experience
- High, positive national name ID
- Helps to firm up Romney’s committment to his opposition to abortion
- Has a serious Willie Horton-like issue hanging in his closet
- The material used against Romney by Huckabee in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination against Romney in 2008 could be used against Romney again in 2012. This is not a lethal factor, but it is a consideration.
- Huckabee may sincerely not be interested in seeking elected office
Huckabee would make a decent compromise candidate for Vice President who helps compensate for some of the weaknesses that Romney has among conservatives, Southerners, and evangelicals.
He is a good, smooth talking campaigner who is quick on his feet and could actually make a good choice were it not for the Clemons clemency tragedy, which is far to significant to not become an issue during the campaign and does raise serious legitimate doubt about Huckabee’s judgement.
Huck is a possible but not probable choice for the Republican vice presidential nomination.
Mike Huckabee On The Issues