Governor of Arkansas (1996-2006)
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (1993-1996)
Huckabee supports banning abortion and opposes Roe v. Wade. He opposes the destruction of human embryos.
Huckabee is a hawkish realist who supports war with Iraq. He has criticized the neoconservative goal of spreading democracy. He has called for some foreign policy restraint.
Huckabee opposes gun control and has signed bills advancing gun rights. He is rated highly by Gun Owners of America.
Huckabee has compared deporting illegal aliens to the treatment of blacks in the segregated south. He criticized a raid on illegal aliens in 2005. He opposed the 2007 Senate immigration bill, but continues to support in-state tuition for illegal aliens.
Huckabee supports Federal Marriage Amendment and opposes "gay marriage" and "civil unions".
Huckabee has criticized the McCain-Feingold "campaign finance reform" restrictions on free speech. He supports drilling for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Huckabee supported NAFTA.
The Club for Growth reports that under Huckabee, "state spending increased a whopping 65.3% from 1996 to 2004", "The number of state government workers rose 20% during his tenure", and "the state's general obligation debt shot up by almost $1 billion".
The Club for Growth reports that Huckabee cut some taxes as Governor while increasing others. Overall, "Governor Huckabee was responsible for a 37% higher sales tax in Arkansas, 16% higher motor fuel taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes". He was rated D by the Cato Institute. He advocates the Fair Tax, a national sales tax, to replace current federal taxes.
Huckabee has been married since 1974. He supported the release of a prisoner who later raped and murdered a woman.
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