Huckabee: Critics dwell on his pastor past

"A small, arcane part of my biography"
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says that critics have unfairly focused on his former career as a Southern Baptist pastor rather than his role as Arkansas governor.

“It’s been fascinating to me that people have tried to marginalize me as a candidate of the fringe,” said Huckabee at a February 12 breakfast meeting with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

“How many other candidates are most depicted by what they were 20 years ago? Last time I was a Baptist minister was 1991. . . . The attempt to ghettoize me into a small, arcane part of my biography has been remarkable.” Huckabee said he has served in “an executive capacity” longer than others in the presidential race.


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