Former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas (R)
Michael Dale Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and currently hosts the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee. He was a candidate for President in 2008, finishing second in delegate count and third in the popular vote and number of states won in the 2008 US Republican Presidential primaries (behind John McCain and Mitt Romney). Following losses to McCain in the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island primaries, Huckabee exited the race on March 4, 2008 after McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee.
In regards to the possibility of running for the Presidency in 2012, Huckabee has said, "I'm pretty sure I'll be out there." Amid speculation about a future run for the Presidency, a CNN poll in December 2008 found Huckabee at the top of the list of 2012 GOP contenders, along with former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, fellow 2008 Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
As Governor Huckabee commuted and accepted recommendations for pardon for twice as many sentences as his three predecessors combined, including sentences for men who had committed murder and would commit murder after Huckabee's pardons, and these pardons and commutations became an issue during the 2008 Republican Primary. On November 29, 2009, Huckabee pardonee Maurice Clemmons allegedly murdered four police officers in Lakewood, Washington (sole suspect Clemmons was shot dead after a two-day manhunt).
Huckabee is the author of several best-selling books as well as a musician, public speaker, and ordained Southern Baptist minister. He is also an ABC Radio political commentator. He and his wife Janet have been married for almost 40 years and have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah.