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Former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee announces a second White House bid

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images/2014)

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday declared his candidacy for president in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton — Hope, Arkansas. It’s his second run for the Republican nomination.

He told supporters at his Hope rally: “It would be perfectly fitting that I would announce here that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

Huckabee is running eight years after his first efforts to expand on the support of evangelical Christians helped him win eight states in the 2008 primaries.

The ordained Baptist minister-turned-politician sees himself as an economic populist and foreign affairs hawk who holds deeply conservative views on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. He’s 59.

He’s the third Republican this week to enter the race.

Some of the major declared 2016 GOP presidential candidates include Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas; Dr. Ben Carson; and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

 

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