Huckabee announced his second bid for the White House in May 2015, vowing to end “stagnant wages” and protect entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Huckabee would abolish both the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education, repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Common Core standards. A social conservative who appeals to many Evangelicals, Huckabee is against abortion and gay marriage. Huckabee has said he would not allow refugees from any country with a strong presence of Islamic terrorists to enter the United States, revoke the nuclear treaty with Iran and would consider deploying U.S. ground troops to defeat the Islamic State.
Huckabee, 60, a Republican, served nearly 10 years as governor of Arkansas from July 1996 through January 2007. He previously served three years as lieutenant governor to Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. Huckabee became governor when Tucker was convicted of arranging fraudulent loans. Born in Hope, Arkansas, also home to former President Bill Clinton, Huckabee graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in religion. Huckabee has written several books and is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. He ran for president in 2008, winning the Iowa caucuses and finishing second in pledged delegates behind the eventual Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. From 2008 through 2015, he hosted a program on the Fox News Channel. Huckabee has been married to his wife, Janet, for 41 years. The couple has three children and five grandchildren.