Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential Campaign -- 'From Hope To Higher Ground'

Noelle Nicholas

Today in Hope, Arkansas, Mike Huckabee made an announcement that left his home town cheering for joy. Huckabee has announced his bid to run for president in the 2016 election. This is welcome news for many Republicans who tried to usher Mike Huckabee into the White House in 2008, and then were disappointed when former Arkansas governor Huckabee chose not to run in 2012.

Mike Huckabee joins fellow Republican presidential hopefuls such as Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, and Rand Paul, with more on the way. It seems Mike Huckabee's campaign will be built upon his history as a small town boy with an understanding of what average family life is like for many United States citizens. Addressing the crowd in Hope was pivotal for Huckabee, reports CNN, in "drawing a contrast" between himself and former first lady turned Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as former president Bill Clinton was also born in Hope. Mike Huckabee wasted no time in drawing the proverbial line in the sand and pitting himself against Hillary Clinton.

"I challenged the deeply entrenched political machine that ran this state. I don't have a global foundation or a taxpayer funded paycheck to live off of. I don't come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue collar and not blue blood." ​

— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 3, 2015

"Power and money and political influence have left a lot of Americans lagging behind. They work hard, lift heavy things and sweat through their clothes grinding out a living, but they can't seem to get ahead or in some cases, even stay even. My parents were like that. I truly am from Hope to higher ground. 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."

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of Mike Huckabee as well as his campaign manager. She is aware the presidential candidacy will be a full on battle to the end.

"As my dad likes to say, we're at a great advantage because we've been through this before, and we're at a great disadvantage because we've been through this before. He's going to have a bigger target on his back."

[Image via The Water's Edge]