Former Arkansas Governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election in a Tuesday morning speech given at the University of Arkansas Community College campus in Hope, Arkansas, the very town where he grew up.
"It was here where I became the first male in my entire family lineage to graduate from high school at the very same campus that stands today right down on main street. It was from here that I went on to college at Ouachita Baptist University. It was also from here that I first ran for elected office when I ran for student council at Hope Junior High School," Huckabee explained. "So it seems fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America."
The 59-year-old Republican also ran for president in 2008 as a relatively unknown candidate and surprisingly won the influential Iowa Caucus and seven other state primary elections before dropping out of the race in March 2008, conceding the nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. more >>
Work experience should be an important factor when choosing a president. To help voters take political work experience into account, here's a ranking of the major current and potential presidential candidates.
Like any job, experience matters for the job of president. This is demonstrated well by that fact that our current and previous presidents lacked broad political experience and were unprepared to be president. (President George W. Bush had only state-level executive experience and President Barack Obama had only state and federal-level legislative experience.)
Ideally, the best preparation for the job of president would be a combination of executive and legislative, state and federal, positions. Plus, they should have electoral experience, not just appointment positions. more >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring conference on Sunday, sharing his story of becoming a born-again Christian just days after famed evangelist Franklin Graham all but endorsed the potential 2016 Republican candidate and called for prayer and support for Jindal.
"The single most important moment in my life is the moment I found Jesus Christ and the moment He found me. Our God is an awesome God, amen?" Jindal asked at the rally.
For Jindal, his conversion to Christianity was deeply personal, going against his Hindu upbringing and his family's tradition. He made the decision while attending Brown University, after seeing a video of the Passion. That was the defining moment for Jindal, who up until that point had only studied the historical Jesus. more >>
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Sunday there's a "91 percent" chance he will get into the 2016 presidential race. He also spoke about the important lessons he learned after both his parents passed away and he had to care for his younger sister.
"Ninety-one," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday," when asked what percent chance there was he would run, and when reminded that Republican Carly Fiorina said recently there was a 90 percent she would enter the race.
"I've got to put the means together," he explained. more >>
As Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., officially became the second Republican to formally announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on Tuesday, the 52-year-old obstetrician is already being attacked by conservatives as being "to the left of Obama" when it comes to his foreign policy and openness to negotiating with Iran.
Although Paul was victorious in the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll in February, some prominent conservatives and even a conservative political action group have wasted no time in jumping on the presidential candidate over his stance on foreign policy issues.
Fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. expressed his concern with Paul's candidacy the day before Paul officially announced that he was going to run. more >>
Speaking on a conservative radio talk show on Monday, the father of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained how God helped his son and the pastors of Houston fight back against Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of five pastors' sermons relating to the city's transgender bathroom ordinance.
In discussing how federal, state and local governments are continuing to infringe upon religious speech and expression related to traditional marriage, Rafael Cruz told conservative radio host Joe Miller that more pastors and clergy need to take a bold stand against governments' attempts to limit religious freedom and urged religious leaders to fight to protect their "inalienable" rights.
As an example of how effective the church can be in leading protests in the public square, Cruz mentioned how religious leaders in Houston gathered at First Baptist Church after Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who were at the forefront of leading the petition against the city's transgender bathroom ordinance last October. more >>