Huckabee: Past, Present, Future

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) — History captured on a library of tapes. 

Days, months, years are remembered and cataloged here, some of these tell his story. 

From a humble start in south Arkansas to the highest office in the state…

To a run for the leader of the free world to the land of TV…Mike Huckabee has had quite the life journey. 

He spent more than a decade in the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock. He would run for president twice: the latest just two years ago. 

“I think there were a lot of us who thought it was going to be the year of the governor, turned out to be the year of the non-government business executive,” says Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

While Governor Huckabee did not change his address to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the White House isn’t void of a Huckabee. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Press Secretary. For her, the political life pulled her family closer. 

“I often joke that when most kids were going to summer camp, I was hitting the Arkansas festival circuit, and passing out brochures and going on the campaign trail with my dad and I loved being part of that process, and loved getting to spend time with my dad doing that,” she says. 

“Politics was always a family enterprise for us,” says Mike Huckabee.

Now, Governor Mike Huckabee works near Nashville, TN, at a theater that’s historic. The building once housed the one and only Conway Twitty. 

“It’s a great Arkansas connection,” says Huckabee.

From a country music hall to a state-of-the-art studio, Trinity Broadcasting has given Governor Huckabee the show he’s always wanted. 

“I always thought the heartland of America, that’s where the audience is for me, not New York City,” he says. “It’s not a political show, it’s a show that has some politics in it, but it’s really a variety show.”

A political pilgrimage turned to a trip in TV.

“Would you change anything about your career?”

“I would have won the election for president, that’s the big thing I would have changed,” he says.

But don’t expect a third run. 

“I’m having the time of my life,” Huckabee continues.

This Arkansan is right where he wants to be. 

“I’ve enjoyed nearly 30 years in politics, I’ve won more elections than I’ve lost, but I kinda like what I’m doing right now,” he says. “You know I’m the most blessed man on earth, I’ve lived a life more amazing than I ever dreamed as a kid growing up dirt poor in Hope, Arkansas.”

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