Last updated on: 5/2/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Mike Huckabee Biography

Title:
Former Arkansas Governor (R) and US Presidential Candidate
Position:
Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I realize that for the past several years there has been both on the Democratic and Republican side the notion that we will be able to achieve Middle East peace by something called the two-state solution. I wanna be on record, and I know that this would not even be agreeable to some of you, because there are many Republicans who think that the two-state solution is in fact a solution. I consider it no solution whatsoever. There cannot be two states polling for the same piece of real estate especially when one of those states does not believe the other one even has a right to exist much less exist peacefully.

[Y]ou can’t have two governments wanting to own the same piece of real estate, so why don’t we leave it in the hands of the government to whom it was originally given and why don’t we leave it into the hands of those who will protect not only the antiquities but respect the religions, not only of the Jews, but also of the Muslims, and of the Christians.”

“Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum,” www.c-span.org, Dec. 3, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Republican presidential candidate, 2016
  • Board Member, Ouachita Baptist University Board of Trustees, 1991-present
  • Host, The Huckabee Report (syndicated radio program)
  • Host, Huckabee, FOX News Channel, 2008-Jan. 2015
  • Host, The Mike Huckabee Show (syndicated radio program), Apr. 2012-Dec. 2013
  • Founder, HuckPAC (political action committee), 2008
  • Republican presidential candidate, 2008
  • Governor (R), State of Arkansas, 1996-2007
  • Chair, Southern Growth Policy Board, 2001
  • Chair, Southern Governors’ Association, 1999-2000
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of Arkansas, 1993-1996
  • President, Cambridge Communications, 1992-1996
  • Communications Executive, Cambridge Communications, 1992-1993
  • President and Founder, KBSC-UHF 24 Hour Channel, 1987-1992
  • Pastor, Beech Street First Baptist Church (Texarkana, AR) 1986-1992
  • President and Founder, ACTS 24 Hour Channel, 1983-1986
Education:
  • Attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976-1977
  • BA, magna cum laude, Religion and Speech, Ouachita Baptist University, 1976
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @GovMikeHuckabee
  • Full name is Michael Dale Huckabee
  • Was born on Aug. 24, 1955 in Hope, AR
  • Lives in Florida with his wife, Janet
  • Has three grown children, John Mark, David, and Sarah
  • Bass player, Capitol Offense (rock band)
  • Cohosted Troopathon 2013
  • Recipient, Music for Life Award, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 2007
  • Completed four marathons: ING New York City Marathon (2006), Little Rock Marathon (2005 and 2006), and Marine Corps Marathon (2005)
  • Named one of America’s Five Best Governors in the US by TIME magazine, Nov. 2005
  • Named one of the “Public Officials of the Year” by Governing magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Impact Award, AARP, 2005
  • Chair, Texarkana’s Easter Seals Telethon, 1993-1994
  • President, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 1989-1991
  • Former Chair, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  • Former member, Executive Committee, National Governors’ Association
  • Former President, Council of State Governments
  • Named one of the 25 Most Influential People for Conservation by Outdoor Life magazine
  • Named Athlete of the Week by USA Track & Field
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?