2016: Field of Conservative Dreams?
By Tony Perkins
As exciting as the new Congress is, most Americans have their sights set on another swearing in: the next President’s. After six years of the most liberal President in history, the Obama era can’t wind down fast enough for voters, who are already counting down the hours to the next commander-in-chief.
For Republicans, the field is getting more interesting by the day, as hopefuls test the waters for a run at the highest office in the land. With Congress shifting right, most potential candidates are desperately trying to flash their conservative credentials to a country that’s lost patience with the far-Left experiment of this administration and the milquetoast Republican Establishment.
Although the official announcements are still a few months off, several of our friends are considering a run at the White House, including Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator Rick Santorum — both of whom are repeat riders on campaign roller coaster. For Huckabee, who just said goodbye to his popular Fox News show after a six-year run, the landscape is lining up a little more favorably for unapologetic conservatives like the former Arkansas Governor.
This time around, Huckabee — and social conservatives like him — are in a stronger position to run, particularly in a nation as frustrated by the progressive whiplash as this one. Like Rick Santorum, who is also weighing another crack at the White House, Huckabee has been a consistent advocate for conservative values on the national scene and hasn’t wavered in the face of moderate GOP critics. He’s certainly one to watch as the 2016 GOP presidential field takes shape.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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