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Huckabee officially dropped out of the race for president on March 4, 2008.
Mike Huckabee
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Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee, 52, was governor of Arkansas for 10 years, and during his two terms was one of the most popular political figures in the state's history. He lost more than 100 pounds in a very short time and advocates a healthy lifestyle. He is unapologetic about being a conservative and is running largely on the social conservative platform.

Political Views
Huckabee is opposed to abortion in all forms, embryonic stem cell research, same-sex marriage and civil unions. He is also generally anti-gun control

Historically, he has taken a very pragmatic approach to immigration reform, but as the caucuses have neared he recently has taken a no-amnesty, no-sanctuary approach.

When it comes to tax issues, Huckabee has called for eliminating the IRS through what he calls a "FairTax System," which is basically a national retail sales tax.

Personal
Huckabee is married to Janet Huckabee, who shared the ballot with him in 2002, when she ran for Secretary of State. Huckabee won his re-election bid; his wife lost.

Career Highlights
Huckabee is a Southern Baptist Minister and former staff member of TV evangelist James Robison. Huckabee rose to state-wide politics during a special election for Lieutenant Governor after former Gov. Bill Clinton ascended to the presidency and former Lieutenant Gov. Jim Guy Tucker succeeded him. Huckabee entered the gubernatorial race and won as Tucker came under fire for his role in the Whitewater Scandal.

Huckabee's gubernatorial swearing-in was odd in that Tucker, who had previously resigned from office after being convicted of a felony related to the Whitewater Scandal, threatened to rescind his resignation. He backed off his threat, however, when Huckabee issued one of his own. Huckabee promised to initiate impeachment proceedings if Tucker attempted to reclaim the governorship.

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