The Republican announced his entry into the race from his home state of Arkansas on Tuesday

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 05, 2015 11:50 AM
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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced on Tuesday that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for President of the United States of America.

Huckabee addressed a cheering crowd in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, and spoke about his idyllic boyhood in the Southern community – which also happens to be the birthplace of former President Bill Clinton – before revealing his intention to run.

“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,” he said as the crowd broke into chants of “We want Mike!”

Huckabee, 59, joins fellow Republican candidates including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the 2016 presidential race. Huckabee will kick off his campaign with a “Factories, Farms & Freedom” tour in Iowa May 6 and 7, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The former governor set the tone for his presidential campaign on Friday when he released the above announcement video taking aim at “Bill Clinton‘s Arkansas.” The clip highlights his governorship and paints him as a fighter who triumphed despite “all the apparatus of the Democratic Party” being “aligned against” him.

Huckabee, 59, has drummed up press with his recent book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, in which the former Baptist minister accuses Jay Z of "pimping" wife Beyoncé.

He also called out Michelle Obama for allowing her daughters, Sasha and Malia, to listen to the “Drunk in Love” singer’s music after President Obama revealed that the women in his life “are in their Beyoncé world.”

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