Mike Huckabee's CV
WITH HIS BACKGROUND AS A SOUTHERN BAPTIST PREACHER, MIKE HUCKABEE ASCENDED TO THE ARKANSAS GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IN 1996
and set to work, in many ways, fulfilling the agenda of Christian conservatives.
Huckabee, who characterizes himself as "intensely pro-life," participated in antiabortion rallies while governor and favors a repeal of Roe v. Wade. He signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in the state and supports a constitutional amendment that would do the same. He also supported the passage of what is known in Arkansas as covenant marriage, which limits the circumstances under which couples may get divorced.
While Huckabee says that he does not believe in evolution, he doesn't object to its being taught in public schools -- but says that creationism and "intelligent design" should be taught alongside it.
Yet on other issues, Huckabee is a more unconventional conservative. He has urged a greater investment in alternative energy sources, calling the environment a "spiritual issue." He favors abolition of the Internal Revenue Service and the tax code in favor of an across-the-board sales tax. He would shift more health-care spending to preventive care, including offering taxpayers incentives for healthful behavior. And while he says he opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, he doesn't think the government should deny aid to their children, arguing that it is "wrong to punish the child for the sins of the father."
In the view of political consultant Dick Morris, who advised Huckabee during his successful campaign for lieutenant governor in 1993, the candidate resonates with voters because he "is injecting a whole new paradigm in what it takes to be a member of the Christian right." Morris added: "People say that he's been so successful because of his speaking style, but I think it's the substance of what he is saying. . . . He is challenging people in their faith, saying, 'This is what Jesus had in mind.' "
-- Liz Clarke