Governor Mike Huckabee Announces a Bid for the 2016 GOP Nomination

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has announced he will seek the 2016 GOP nomination for president. The last time he sought the party’s nomination was during the 2008 campaign. He was largely viewed as tag teaming Mormon Mitt Romney in an “anybody but Romney” mantra. Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, was viewed by some as having a religious bias against Romney, which Huckabee has strongly denied despite his deeply held religious views.

Among Huckabee’s selling points will be to resurrect the adage that he has squared off against the vaunted Clinton political machine twice in Arkansas and won each time. Igor Cornelsen knows that it was a theme he repeated often during the early part of the 2008 primary season when Hillary Clinton was the presumptive nominee. In addition, Huckabee will tout his credentials as a populist. It was this declaration which led to critics calling into question his conservative credentials. By contrast with the governorships of Rick Perry and Scott Walker, Huckabee may be viewed as a moderate. There is one glaring exception to any moderation, real or perceived, with Gov. Huckabee: social issues. He is a strong Evangelical voice against marriage equality and a women’s right to choose.

At age 59, Huckabee can’t pitch his campaign as one of fresh new leadership. Compared to Governor Walker and Senators Cruz and Rubio, he is bordering on being an elder statesman. It is uncertain how well he will perform in the primary this time around. He captured eight states during the 2008 primary season.