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The Hill: Mike Huckabee Doesn't Get Respect He Deserves

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Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks as he officially announces his candidacy for the 2016 Presidential race in Hope, Arkansas. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 01:17 PM

As former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his second bid for president Tuesday, The Hill noted that the former Baptist preacher is a formidable candidate.

Huckabee has several factors going for him, although he doesn't seem to get the respect he deserves, The Hill reported.

First, he is polling well among other popular Republican presidential candidates.

According to the Real Clear Politics average of polls in Iowa, the state Huckabee won in the 2008 caucuses, the Arkansas Republican is polling ahead of Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who were the first candidates to announce their bids for the White House.

He is also ahead of both candidates in South Carolina, and just behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Second, Huckabee also leads the other candidates in his favorability rating. In a Monmouth University poll from March 30 to April  2, he was leading the GOP field with the best favorable rating at 53 percent, although his net favorable rating was slightly lower than Walker.

In a Gallup poll released in March, Huckabee and Bush had the highest favorability ratings among the Republican candidates. And his net favorable score was higher than the Florida Republican. The same poll also had him with the second highest familiarity rating, just behind Bush.

"People don't vote for somebody they don't like," Hogan Gidley, Huckabee's senior communications adviser, told The Hill.

"That was one of Mitt Romney's problems in 2012. It takes a lot of money, a lot of energy and a lot of positive stories to make someone be thought of as likable, if they're not already thought of as likable," Gidley added.

According to The Hill, Huckabee's appeal lies largely in his very amicable personality and natural wit.

Huckabee said during the 2008 presidential primary that "I'm a conservative, but I'm not angry about it."

He told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" the same year that "people are looking for a presidential candidate who reminds them more of the guy they work with, rather than the guy who laid them off."

While he is typically thought of as the social conservative candidate and not much more, Gidley says that that is "one of these media misnomers that try to pigeon-hole him."

In 2012, he was criticized by The Club for Growth for allegedly taking on "a sort of populist, anti-capitalism stance when he ran from president."

However, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist told The Hill that he doesn't have any problems with Huckabee, adding that he "signed the pledge when he ran for president last time," referring to the promise made to the group not to raise taxes.

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