Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) announced on May 5, 2015 that he was running for President. His speech in Hope, Arkansas highlighted some of the reasons for his motivation to run:

“Folks, it’s a long way from a little brick rented house on Second Street in Hope, Arkansas, to the White House. But here in this small town called Hope, I was raised to believe where a person started didn’t mean that is where he had to stop. I always believed that kid could go from hope to higher ground.”

In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Huckabee becomes the first former Governor to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including Republican Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Full video of speech:

Full text of the speech here.

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