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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 3:43 pm 
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It is not always that National Journal has such a positive article / assessment of the Governor.

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Mike Huckabee's Message Is As Formidable As Jeb Bush's Money

Republicans have become a more blue-collar, populist party. That should give the former Arkansas governor a chance to make his mark in the presidential campaign.
By Josh Kraushaar

May 7, 2015 If you listen to the rhetoric from the GOP elite in Washington, Republicans view immigration as an unquestioned asset, support free trade agreements, and believe entitlement reform is necessary to get the country's fiscal house in order. But those reformist positions embraced by party leaders threaten to alienate a significant constituency within the Republican party, one that has been growing in recent years. That populist faction of the party—call it the Huckabee wing—is one that Republicans are overlooking at their own peril.

Indeed, what's most notable about Mike Huckabee's presidential launch is that he hasn't bought into any of the conventional GOP positions on those issues—and instead is using his populist bona fides as a weapon to separate himself from the opposition. He slammed free trade agreements for reducing the cost of wages, saying he'd "like to think the U.S. government would stand up for the U.S. workers rather than let them take it in the backside." In his kickoff speech, he pledged to prevent politicians from rolling back popular Social Security and Medicare benefits. After Clinton's embrace of liberalized immigration policies, Huckabee called her "absolutely wrong" and emphasized his tough stance on border security. And the overall anti-Washington tenor of his message—even calling on candidates who hold public office to resign their seats to run for president—suggest that he'll be a force to be reckoned with in the GOP nomination fight.

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Read it all:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/against-the-grain/mike-huckabee-s-message-is-as-formidable-as-jeb-bush-s-money-20150507

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