Huckabee was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and a 2008 presidential candidate. On January 3, 2015, Huckabee announced that he would no longer host his Fox News talk show Huckabee. He said, “As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another presidential run. …Oh be clear, I’m not making that announcement right now and my timetable is still just what wait was before, later this spring, but I agree with Fox this is the right thing and now is the right time.”
Huckabee officially announced his presidential run in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, on May 5, 2015. After describing his early life in the town, he declared, “So it seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
When asked on December 22, 2013, whether he would be interested in another run for the presidency, Huckabee said, “It would be, frankly, dishonest to say no.” Since his 2008 bid for the presidency, Huckabee’s popularity has grown due to his Fox News talk show Huckabee and the founding of the HuckPAC, which provides funding to key congressional campaigns across the country. Seventeen governors have served as president.
In recent candidate rankings, Crowdpac ranked Huckabee as a 6.7C (C being conservative) on a scale ranging from 10L to 10C, making him the seventh most conservative Republican presidential candidate. Huckabee received a grade of a “D/64” from the Leadership Project for America PAC.