Mike Huckabee, former Governor and Presidential candidate, signing copies of “A Simple Christmas”
*11/4/09 Noon at Costco – South Fern Street. Arlington, VA.
*11/5/09 Noon at Barnes & Noble – Red Rose Commons. Lancaster, PA.
*11/5/09 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Lehigh Valley Mall. Whitehall, PA.
*11/08/09 5:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Collins Road NE. Cedar Rapids, IA
*11/09/09 4:30 PM at Barnes & Noble – South Glenstone. Springfield, MO
*11/12/09 3:00 PM at Costco – Woodruff Road. Greenville, SC.
*11/14/09 8:00 AM at Barnes & Noble – Augusta Mall. Augusta, GA
*11/15/09 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Airport Blvd. Pensacola, FL
*11/16/09 5:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Old Camp ROad. The Villages, FL
*11/16/09 8:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – East Colonial Drive. Orlando, FL
*11/17/09 8:00 PM at Borders Books – South Route 59. Naperville, IL.
*11/18/09 Noon at Barnes & Noble – East 82nd Street. Indianapolis, IN
*11/19/09 Noon at Barnes & Noble – Townsfair Way. Columbus, OH.
*11/27/09 6:30 PM at Costco – West Arbrook Blvd. Arlington, TX.
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Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is a Republican politician and political commentator for Fox News Channel and ABC Radio who served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee finished second in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries; he announced his candidacy on January 28, 2007. Following losses to John McCain in the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island primaries, McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee and Huckabee exited the race on March 4, 2008.
Huckabee is the author of several books, a non-ordained Southern Baptist minister and a public speaker. He and his wife, Janet, have been married for 33 years and have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah.
Governor of Arkansas
In 1996, incumbent Democratic governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud. The Arkansas Constitution, like nearly all state constitutions in the United States, does not allow convicted felons to hold office, so Tucker was forced to resign. However, Tucker, insisting he had a strong case for appeal, rescinded his resignation as Huckabee was preparing to be sworn in on July 16. Within a few hours, Tucker reinstated his resignation after Huckabee threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Tucker. Huckabee was sworn in as Governor of Arkansas on July 15, 1996. In November 1998, Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term by defeating retired Colonel Gene McVay in the primary and Jonesboro attorney Bill Bristow in the general election, becoming the state’s third elected Republican Governor since Reconstruction. In November 2002, Huckabee was reelected to his second four-year term by defeating State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher, garnering 53 percent of the vote. By the end of his term, Huckabee owned the third-longest tenure of any Arkansas Governor. Only Democrats Orval Faubus, who served six consecutive two-year terms (1955–1967), and Bill Clinton, who served 11 years, 11 months (1979–1981; 1983–1992), had longer tenures.
Possible 2012 presidential campaign
In a November 19, 2008 article by the Associated Press, Huckabee addressed the possibility of running for President in 2012. He said, “I’m not ruling anything out for the future, but I’m not making any specific plans”.
Marc Ambinder has identified him as the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
Amid speculation about a future run for the Presidency, a CNN poll in December 2008 found Huckabee at the top of the list of 2012 GOP contenders, along with former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, fellow 2008 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
On December 3, 2008 local NBC news station WLWT asked Huckabee about the prospect of running, to which he said, “I’m pretty sure I’ll be out there. Whether it’s for myself or somebody else I may decide will be a better standard bearer, that remains to be seen.”
A June 2009 CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll showed Huckabee as the 2012 presidential co-favorite of the Republican electorate along with Palin and Romney. An October 2009 poll of Republicans by Rasmussen Reports put Huckabee in the lead with 29%, followed by Romney on 24% and Palin on 18%.