Republican Mike Huckabee entered the race for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination, looking to break out from an ever-widening field by drawing on the support of social conservatives attuned to his culture-warrior message.
In a speech filled with fiery rhetoric, Huckabee, a former governor of Arkansas, said if elected, he would change government policies to focus more on the economic plight of middleclass Americans.
He was also tough on IS, saying he would change the US approach from attempting to contain the militant group and instead would “conquer” it.
“We will deal with jihadis just like we deal with deadly snakes,” he said.
Huckabee vowed strong US support for Israel.
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