Huckabee Gearing Up for Republican Convention

AUGUST 18, 2004 - Posted at 8:20 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Huckabee says he's still got a lot of political fight left for his last two years in office.  Huckabee is preparing for his final Republican National Convention before having to bow out as governor and is mapping out his political future.

He says he wants to do something to give back to his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, perhaps through teaching.  He's also considered the lecture circuit and writing.

Besides serving an upcoming stint as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, he also wants to leave a legacy of a stronger Arkansas GOP.

Huckabee says he's counting on some voter recognition of the Republican "brand" when Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller seeks the top spot in 2006.

Even though his Republican Party has long fought an uphill battle in the Legislature, he says he wouldn't want Republicans to dominate the state's political process either.

So Huckabee says he intends to do his part to make Republicans more competitive by leading President Bush's re-election campaign in the state and endorsing several Republican legislative candidates.

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