1. He is solidly pro-life. You can read his issues statement on the sanctity of life here.
- Prior to being Governor, he helped pass the Unborn Child Amendment in Arkansas.
- As Governor he pushed through pro-life initiatives through a Democratic legislature.
- He promises to support pro-life agenda and appoint pro-life people in relevant positions.
2. He is compassionate.
- Initiated the ARKids First program in Arkansas which provided health care for struggling families.
- Spearheaded Arkansas’ response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster which allowed Arkansas to effectively house and care for those displaced from that storm.
3. His record on education.
- Test scores raised under his leadership in Arkansas.
- Drawing a clear distinction between state and federal roles in education and wants to allow states to set their own benchmark.
- In favor of charter schools and home education.
4. His stance on crisis management.
- His record as Governor of Arkansas.
- I especially like his idea of taking FEMA out of the Department of Homeland Security, and making it a cabinet position.
- Tighten up the Department of Homeland Security.
5. His view on faith and politics.
- His faith drives his decisions – he is open and forthright about that.
- His faith makes him humble and not quick to judge.
- I like the fact that he was a pastor (though that isn’t a tipping point for me).
- He also makes it very clear that he is running for president, not pastor.
- It seems practical, doable.
- It encompasses all tools in our arsenal.
- Using diplomacy to support moderates within Islam.
- Increase in the Defense budget so that we do not have to rely so much upon the National Guard and Reservists.
- Focus on surgical strikes and special operations since many terrorist groups are small and isolated.
- Away from the black and white “you are either with us or against us” and recognizes that support may come in various forms. He recognizes the complex situation that some Middle East leaders face.
- Get rid of income tax – go to fair tax, a sales tax with provision being made for those below the poverty line.
- Cut federal spending – bring back line item veto!
- His record as governor – actually had a budget surplus.
8. His view on marriage.
- He supported the Arkansas marriage amendment that was passed.
- Signed a Covenant Marriage statute into law in Arkansas
- He supports a federal marriage amendment.
Some of these positions are similar to Senator Brownback, but the biggest difference is that he has experience. He has executive experience. He has a record of leadership. This is why I normally don’t go for senators or representatives. In 2005, Time Magazine named Huckabee one of the five best governors in the U.S. Time called him a “second commandment Christian.” His leadership exhibits that he “loves his neighbors as himself.”
His communication skills are better. I was impressed with his answers in during the debates. He is persuasive. He is articulate. He is also positive. I have been disappointed in Brownback’s campaign of late that they seem to spend time attacking the other candidate to show themselves to be the better conservative (ongoing sparring with Mitt Romney, and lately have gone after Tancredo). They are not helping themselves in the polls.
He has voter appeal as well. When he was elected as Governor he won 43% of the African-American vote, when he was re-elected he won 48%. That is almost unheard of within the GOP, and he did this despite the fact that President Clinton campaigned for Huckabee’s opponent. Recent polls have shown a that likely voters have a positive view of him. The fact that he is a Washington outsider bodes well for him, especially when Congress’ and President Bush’s approval rating is in the toilet.
According to New Man Magazine, “his creativity, common sense and personal experiences in health, poverty and education are not typically Republican and would resonate with moderates and even liberal voters.” His personal life speaks volumes as well. He triumphed over his weight issues loosing 100 lbs. He repeated his wedding vows with his wife under the covenant marriage statue he signed into law. His wife early on in marriage was diagnosed with cancer of the spine and how he stood by her, and would have if it ended up paralyzing her.
I believe that Governor Mike Huckabee is the best choice to be our next President of the United States. I hope that you join me in voting for him in the upcoming straw poll, the Iowa Caucus (or your state’s primary) and the general election.