For some time now, I have been leaning towards supporting Governor Mike Huckabee for President. Earlier this week, I sent a letter to House Speaker Bill Howell (Huckabee's Virginia campaign Chairman) officially offering my support to the Huckabee campaign. After watching the CNN/You Tube debate last night, I know I made the right decision.
Mike Huckabee is the commonsense conservative candidate our party needs. He articulately and intelligently presents his ideas. Ideas that best represent our Republican values.
There is no question that Huckabee is a conservative. He’s pro-life and pro marriage. Huckabee supports the Fair Tax, a concept I sought to have studied in Virginia. As Governor of Arkansas, he cut taxes 100 times. Huckabee is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. While clearly a conservative, Huckabee has also demonstrated an ability to govern and lead.
Huckabee faced tough challenges in his state--like how to raise revenue to pay for transportation infrastructure. Unlike the borrow and spend attitude in Washington, he chose the pay as you go approach. A tough decision but evidently one that had to be made.
Governor Huckabee has also demonstrated his commonsense approach to government on the issue of second hand smoke. He knows this is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s an issue that crosses party, race and economic status. He has clearly stated that this is a public health issue, echoing comments I made during my time in the Virginia Senate. The vast majority of the public also understands the dangers of second hand smoke and they want action taken to protect themselves and their families. Governor Huckabee responded by signing the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006 and banned smoking in most public areas and restaurants.
No candidate is perfect. At times I would like to take individual qualities from each candidate running and create a kind of super candidate. Unfortunately, we don’t have that option. We will never find a candidate that agrees with us 100% of the time. The question should be are they the best representative of our party for the position they seek. I believe Mike Huckabee is that representative.