I want Mike to win -- the nomination then the presidency. But whether he wins or is offered the position of vice president or a position in the cabinet, my wife, Gena, and I can sleep at night and move forward into the future because we've lived true to our convictions, principles and beliefs. We cannot experience buyer's remorse with Mike Huckabee because we know, win or lose, he could lead our nation into a better and prosperous tomorrow. And he will continue to do so, as he has done for the past 20 years, whether he's the president or not.
This past week, news agencies reported how some of the presidential candidates' campaigns are running into financial hardships. Huckabee even grounded press airplanes and asked staff to assume volunteer positions. While many have interpreted those as signs of Mike's demise, I see them differently. They are sureties of his stewardship. He's being fiscally frugal as he always has been in office.
Mike has arisen as a front-runner from obscurity on a shoestring budget, being outspent by his rivals by at least a 10-1 ratio, proving it's his message, not money, that matters. He doesn't have a personal account of multimillions like Romney, nor does he think it's good stewardship, like McCain, to borrow what one doesn't have to gain what one might not win.
For Mike, handling campaign finances is a microcosm of managing the national budget. If he doesn't have the money, he's not going to spend it. He has made this commitment on a number of occasions, and he lived up to it in his gubernatorial service in Arkansas, bringing in a balanced budget for 12 straight years and ending his term with a surplus of $844.5 million.
I ask again: Are those not the types of figures we want to see at the bottom lines from the future executive fiscal leadership of America?
Mike is a leader we all can trust and financially back, and he will be a president with whom this nation will not experience buyer's remorse.