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‘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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6 Responses to “‘Former pastor’ label irks Huckabee”

  1. December 23rd, 2008 at 12:24 am

    eLwood says:

    No matter the situation Huckster’s talks are rarely about anything other than “me.”

  2. December 26th, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Apbacker says:

    Churches are a buisiness and when you leave a business to persue another field, you are a former employee and you deserve the title…

  3. December 28th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    DumbArkie says:

    Of course the Leftist media are going to minimize a Republican’s accomplishments and try to make it as though he is coming from the fringe. At the same time they were bolstering and maximizing Obama’s “accomplishments” which were far fewer than Huckabee’s, McCain’s, Romney’s, or even Palin’s.

  4. December 29th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Sodapop says:

    The Governor used his background as a minister when he wanted to get the Christian vote. Why blame someone else for losing the race for president, he just didn’t have what it took, maybe next time. I think he did a good job as Governor of Arkansas but I did not support him as a presidential candidate. Perhaps he can spend some time working on his message.

  5. January 7th, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Bill says:

    A terrible Governor, a terrible candidate and now an atrocious talk-show host. Who cares about this dumpy attention hog?

  6. January 10th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    cody says:

    Huckabee was a great govenor and served longer than any other presidential candidate.

    How can anyone say he was bad?! He was much better than the governors we had before him, both of whom were impeached, Clinton as President for lying to America and cheating (great moral leader) and Jim Guy Tucker Impeached as Arkansas Govervor after scandal as well…

    Go Huck, why to make it 10.5 years and not fall to politics like the them

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