With the next presidential election a little over a year away, former Governor and conservative Republican Mike Huckabee has announced he’s seeking the Republican party's Presidential nomination for 2016, joining the pack that includes Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.
This isn’t the first time Huckabee has thrown his hat into the ring, but with so many contenders stepping forward, it might get a little confusing with who's-who and who-believes-what. Here's some important info about about Mike Huckabee.
He’s a former Republican governor from Arkansas.
After being the Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas from 1993 to 1996, he got to be the big cheese and work as Governor from 1996 to 2007.
He has a wife and three kids.
Huckabee married his wife, Janet, on May 25, 1974, which means their 41st anniversary is coming up soon. The couple have three children: Two sons named John Mark and David, and a daughter named Sarah.
He used to be a minister.
While everyone knows Huckabee for politics, he wasn’t always in the political arena. When he was younger, he worked as a Baptist minister, and he continues to talk about how religion is very important in his life.
He’s had a TV show.
Lights, camera, action! From 2008 to earlier this year, he starred in the simply titled show “Huckabee” on Fox News. The show would talk about politics, but it had celebrity guests as well (and he's also been a guest on a number of other news shows.)
But he's not so into Beyoncé.
While Huckabee has had past support from celebs like Chuck Norris, it’s probably fair to predict he won’t get Queen Bey’s vote. He’s referred to Beyoncé as "mental poison" and accused Jay-Z of being her “pimp.”
He’s a jokester.
Politics can get pretty serious, but he likes to have a good laugh. As Slate noted, “Voters mention his humor approvingly when they talk about why they like him.”
He’s against same-sex marriage.
While saying that same-sex marriage supporters are welcome in the Republican party, Huckabee makes no bones about the fact he’s not in favor of same-sex marriage. He believes that people can treat their sexuality with therapy and that same-sex marriages will outlaw Christianity. “Christian convictions are under attack as never before,” he said. “We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.”
He’s also against abortion.
Huckabee thinks abortion should only be allowed if the woman will die without one. If a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, he thinks she should legally have to carry the pregnancy to term.
He’s not a big fan of birth control, either.
He’s come out swinging against the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act, saying this new access to birth control implies women “cannot control their libido...”
He supports the Second Amendment.
When it comes to firearms, Huckabee says he supports the Second Amendment and resists forms of gun control. He has compared gun control to Nazis and the Holocaust, saying it’s “the truth” to compare these things.
He has different thoughts on immigration.
While saying that the borders need to be secured, Huckabee has a more sympathetic take on DREAMers who moved to America with their parents. “I don’t believe that it is a just thing to punish someone who had nothing to do with the breaking of the law,” he said about DREAMers. I would like that person to become a very generous tax-paying citizen rather than somebody who is going to take taxes away from the rest of us.”
He spoke for a white supremacist council in 1993.
According to the Huffington Post, in 1933 Huckabee sent a video speech to the white supremacist hate group Council of Conservative Citizens and the video was “extremely well received by the audience." Huckabee later refused to speak for them again, cutting ties and saying, “I will not share the stage…with someone who thinks the Holocaust didn’t happen."
He gives a f--k about language.
If you ever talk with Huckabee, he’ll want you to watch your mouth. Earlier this year he made headlines for his talk about how women shouldn’t swear, calling them “trashy” for doing so. “In New York, not only do the men do it [swear], but the women do it!” he said.
He has a rock and roll band.
What’s a politician going to do when he needs to decompress? Why, play in his rock and roll band, of course! This presidential hopeful gets his music on with his own band, humorously titled Capitol Offense. Get it?