Posted by: DWaddeReport* - 5/26/2011
Position: 44th Governor of Arkansas
Country: United States
Affiliation: Republican/Right Wing
Mike Huckabee was Arkansas 44th Governor for two and a half terms (1996 - 2007). He soon ran for President in 2008, while knowing no one know him. It was until he started in the debates that he became a prim contender to the GOP ticket. It was the day before to declined to run after finding out he made 2nd to Sen. John McCain of AZ. He now has become a political idle to Southern Politics and Republican Politics as a whole. As of today the Governor is a talk show host on Fox News's "Huckabee".
- Taxes: As governor, he signed the first broad-based tax-cut in state history and cut taxes over ninety times. Huckabee believes that the United States should enact a tax system known as the FairTax, this system replaces the income tax with a voluntary consumption tax. Recently he signed the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge to Americans for Tax Reform which promises to not raise taxes if elected president.
Spending: During his tenure, state spending rose 65.3% between 1996 and 2004, which was 3 times the rate of inflation. This has led to strong criticism from conservative groups like the Club for Growth. However, when he left office there was a surplus of over $800 million. Huckabee has called on Bush to veto more spending bills by the democrat controlled congress. In August 2007, Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, stated "Gov. Huckabee recognizes that the challenge is to rein in spending and reduce taxes."
Abortion: According to National Review, as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee signed a bill requiring parental consent for abortion, and mandating notification by abortion providers to prospective parents that the unborn baby may feel pain, he also helped pass a bill through the Democratic-controlled legislature which stated that life began at conception. He also signed the Fetal Protection Act. He is known to be strongly pro-life.He would favor Roe v. Wade being overturned and the federal governments recognition that life begins at conception.
Marriage: Huckabee is opposed to same sex marriage and civil unions. He also is a strong advocate for fathers' participation in child-raising.
Second Amendment Rights: As governor, he signed bills blocking frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and removing restrictions on concealed handgun permit holders. He became the first governor in the nation to have a concealed handgun license.
Immigration: Huckabee opposed the McCain-Kennedy immigration bill because he stated it had problems with "credibility; secrecy; and spending".He believes the United States should seal the border first and deport illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.
- More Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Huckabee