New GOP presidential hopefuls promise diversity, new leadership

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Mike Huckabee is making another run for the White House. The former Arkansas governor made it official Tuesday at his birthplace of Hope, Arkansas, saying, “So it seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America.”

Huckabee sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, but lost to Senator John McCain.

So where does this Southern Baptist minister stand on particular issues? On the issue of immigration, Huckabee said President Barack Obama exceeded his authority by issuing executive actions that seek to spare millions from deportation. But he supports the Dream Act, which allows children who were brought to the United States illegally to be given a pathway to legalization.

On the issue of economy, the former FOX anchor said he does not support raising the minimum wage, because it will not bring prosperity and independence to entry-level workers. Rather, he wants to focus on providing people education, training and experience — so they can aim to achieve their maximum wage.

Huckabee has been slammed for his low opinion of the LGBT community. He is against same-sex marriage, comparing homosexual relationships between consenting adults to illegal drug abuse.

Huckabee joins a crowded GOP field that already includes Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Other GOP presidential hopeful s who announced their White House bid on Monday may lack political experience, but they surely bring diversity. One of them is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the only African American presidential candidate from either party.

He announced his bid for the White House in his hometown of Detroit. He said, “I’ll tell you. I’m Ben Carson, and I’m a candidate for president of the United States.”

Carson became popular after he declared that Obama’s Affordable Care Act is the worst thing that has happened in America since slavery, because “it makes everyone subservient to the government”.

Meantime, Hewlett-Packard’s former CEO Carla Fiorina is hoping her executive business credentials will match up to the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s political experience. Fiorina is the first female candidate to seek the Republican Party’s nomination.

In her campaign video, she said, “It’s time for us to empower our citizens; to give them a voice in our government; to come together to fix what has been broken in our politics and in our government for too long.”

But focusing her campaign on her being a CEO could hurt Fiorina. Hewlett-Packard lost thousands of jobs on her watch and she was eventually forced out.

The field of presidential hopefuls is just expected to become even more crowded in the months to come. In terms of candidates who have formally announced their candidacy, the GOP has six and the Democratic party has two.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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