‘Former pastor’ label irks Huckabee
Echoing a complaint he made during the campaign, Mike Huckabee today said too much was made of his past as a Baptist pastor during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“It was interesting to me that as a candidate for president I was often introduced as a former Baptist pastor, and I’m thinking, hmm, that’s interesting. It’s been nearly 18 years since I was a Baptist pastor, but I was a governor and a lieutenant governor for a longer period than I was ever a pastor,” Huckabee said during a talk at the University of Arkansas Clinton School for Public Service.
Huckabee says he believes in some cases the attention paid to his past as a minister was “an attempt to try to minimalize the fact that I was coming from being a governor and dealing with issues like transportation and education and health care and budget issues and … Medicaid and a host of other things.”
Huckabee says he had more experience in the executive branch of government, counting his terms as both lieutenant governor and governor, than any other 2008 presidential candidate.
He says it still frustrates him “when people make (his past as a minister) the centerpiece of all that I was.”
The Hope native was pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas from 1980-1992. He served as lieutenant governor from 1993-1996 and as governor from 1996-2007.
Huckabee made frequent references to his faith while seeking the GOP nomination, including a television campaign ad in which the words “Christian leader” appeared on the screen. During a campaign appearance in Michigan, Huckabee said he favored amending the U.S. Constitution “so it’s in God’s standards.”
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