By Chad Groening
A conservative political scientist is pleased former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appears ready for a 2012 presidential run.
Huckabee recently told a group of reporters that he is "seriously contemplating" a 2012 bid. His final decision might be bolstered by a recent Gallup poll which put the former Arkansas governor at the top of a crowded GOP field with 18 percent, surpassing both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, both of whom had 16 percent. Five months ago Huckabee ranked third with 12 percent on a similar poll.
Dr. Charles W. Dunn is distinguished professor of government at Regent University's Robertson School of Government. He says timing is very important.
"His book A Simple Government could not have come out at a better time," Dunn observes. "The American people are fed up with the complexity of government - particularly, of course, the national government. The Government Accountability Office released this report of the ballooning cost of government."
The historian adds that Huckabee's recent trip to Israel helped raised the governor's foreign policy profile.
"Increasingly there are more Jews becoming Republicans - and while they haven't turned in the majority yet, they're seeing that President Obama does not represent their interests with regard to Israel," the educator offers. "And of course, evangelical Christians are very staunchly pro-Israel."
In addition, Dunn says unlike some of the other potential GOP candidates, Huckabee - an ordained Baptist minister - is conservative on the social issues.
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