Once again Mike Huckabee has joined the race to become president. Even though he is presumed to be the black horse of the race only polling at 1% he has a secret weapon this time: he tossed away the oat bag. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The days of him being sweet as pie are over (well that’s because the voters didn’t gravitate to it last time).On Tuesday he said he is ready to give it another try as he announced his candidacy humbly in Arkansas.
His daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders is his campaign manager and she had the following to say about him:
As my dad likes to say, we’re at a great advantage because we’ve been through this before, and we’re at a great disadvantage because we’ve been through this before.
This time around the republican field of candidates is larger and they will all be vying for his core supporters: Evangelicals. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are both sons of pastors and that might easily give them a boost.
In the past Huckabee’s platform was shaped around his humble beginnings. As of today Huckabee lives in a multi million dollar mansion located in Florida’s panhandle and is just recently resigned as the host of a Fox News program.Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition said:
I hate to say it, but I mean, give me a break. You live in a $5 million house in the panhandle. He says, ‘I live in the redneck Riviera.’ Those $5 million house on the beach? Those ain’t redneck.
Reed also said Huckabee has a devote following particularly amongst Evangelicals:
There is a deep reservoir of affection for Mike Huckabee among Evangelical voters. My sense is people of faith hold him in very high regard, and he connects with these voters unlike anyone I have seen in my career.
Why did Huckabee decide to run again in 2016? One answer: his faith.Huckabee Sanders said:
At the end of the day he did feel called to be in the race and our family is supportive of that.