Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: You Decide 2016
Campaign ended: Feb. 1, 2016
Current position: None
Career: Fox News Channel host 2008 to 2015, Governor of Arkansas 1996 to 2007, Lt. Governor of Arkansas 1993 to 1996.
Hometown: Hope, Arkansas
Family: Married to Janet Huckabee with three children
Religion: Southern Baptist
On the issues:
Economy: Huckabee wants to abolish the IRS and create FairTax, which he says would lower taxes, bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and guarantee criminals pay their share. He prides himself on his track record of cutting taxes as Arkansas’ governor.
Education: According to Huckabee, the high cost of college threatens middle class families and students. He says colleges must be reformed and the U.S. Department of Education should be abolished.
Environment: The former Arkansas governor supports the Keystone pipeline, exploring the Arctic, and pursuing wind and solar energy options.
Gun control/rights: As president, Huckabee says he will defend the Second Amendment, oppose new gun control laws and protect the rights of gun owners. “This issue is crystal clear. Abolishing guns because of reckless abusers makes as much sense as abolishing cars because some people drive drunk,” he says on his website.
Health care: He wants to repeal Obamacare and tackle what he calls out-of-control health care costs. Huckabee says he believes life begins at conception.
Immigration: Huckabee opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and supports securing the board. “If you reward people who play outside the rules and punish people who live within the rules, pretty soon nobody is going to play by the rules. We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws,” says the former TV host.
National security: As president, he wants to rebuild U.S. military superiority, restore our country’s role as leader of the Free World and defeat radical Islam.
Social issues: He says he will defend and protect traditional marriage.