And now there are six — six GOP candidates who have officially announced they are running for president. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Tuesday morning said that he will vie for the Republican nomination to be at the top of the ticket in 2016, marking his second bid to attain the highest elected office in the land.
Huckabee launched his campaign from his hometown of Hope, Ark., — a place that saw another leader from another party toss his hat into the presidential ring decades ago. As NBC News reminds us, Bill Clinton announced what was then a “long-shot presidential bid from the small southern town in 1991.”
In a wide-ranging speech to supporters gathered at Hempstead Hall in Hope, the 59-year-old Huckabee hit on a host of hot-button issues that should play well with conservatives, including a number of direct criticisms of President Obama and his policies that the former Baptist minister said threaten the nation’s future.
“Washington is more dysfunctional than ever and has become so beholden to the donor class who fills the campaign coffers that it ignores the fact that 1 in 4 American families are paying more than half their income for housing,” said the newly announced candidate who maintained a smile through much of his address.
When he had finished the speech that was punctuated by numerous applause lines, Huckabee was joined onstage by his wife and two of their grandchildren. That’s when the candidate’s granddaughter showed the appreciative crowd what supporters no doubt hope will be a sign of good things to come for Mike Huckabee’s dream of moving America “From Hope to Higher Ground.”
As Western Journalism watched Huckabee’s Hope speech, we also tried repeatedly to bring up his campaign website, which — for reasons unknown, but possibly because of high traffic — was unavailable through much of the candidate’s time at the podium.
By clicking on the video above, you can see — courtesy of The Washington Examiner — the emotional moment Mike Huckabee announced that he’s once again running for president.
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