The Huckabee Trap

He may be a new brand of Evangelical, but that alone won't hook him the nomination

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Republican Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

In october the Republican Presidential candidates spoke before social conservatives, mostly Evangelicals, at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit. The event was awkward for several of the contenders. Mitt Romney's Mormonism does not go over well with all evangelical Christians. Rudy Giuliani is pro-choice. John McCain famously called some Christian conservatives "agents of intolerance" during his 2000 presidential campaign.

Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, had no trouble connecting with the audience. "I come today as one not who comes to you but as one who comes from you," he said. "You are my roots." He mentioned that he...

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