A new candidate has announced his intentions to run as the Republican candidate for the Presidential elections in 2016 and Mike Huckabee is focusing on blue collar Americans to help him all the way to the White House.
Republican Mike Huckabee has launched his bid for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination and has already shown the focus of his candidacy by targeting blue collar workers in America, who he believes have struggled to bounce back from the recent recession and are struggling to improve their lives.
“Ninety-three million Americans don’t have jobs,” Huckabee said according to Reuters. “And many of them who do have seen their full-time job with benefits they once had become two part-time jobs with no benefits at all.
“We were promised hope, but it was just talk,” he said, referring to a theme of Obama’s successful 2008 presidential bid.
According to a report by Reuters, the 59-year-old former Arkansas governor and former host of a popular Fox News television show is considered to be a long shot in the widening race to represent the Republican Party in the November 2016 election and he becomes the sixth Republican to make a formal run.
Huckabee is known for having support from social conservative voters and his appeal to the workers of America is being seen as an attempt to help him to broaden his appeal while maintaining a backing from the Christian right.
By targeting the Christian right Huckabee is pitting himself directly against Ted Cruz, the Senator from Texas, who is also looking to gain support from this group.
During his speech to announce his intentions to become the Republican candidate, Huckabee said: “I don’t come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue-collar, not blue-blood.”
This statement is seen as being a direct jibe at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is seen as a real rival in the race and has a strong political family history being as both his brother and his father haven both been president in the past.
However, the comment could have equally been aimed at the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a president and has come under fire for her charitable foundation as well as emails sent while she was in office.
According to Reuters, Huckabee’s message may play well in Iowa, which will begin the nominating process next January, especially as social conservatives play a prominent role in the state’s Republican politics.