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Huckabee calls believers to take a stand for life, liberty

January 30, 2013  |  Drew Menard/Liberty University News Service

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee channeled the energy of the Convocation crowd in Liberty University’s Vines Center Monday, issuing a rallying cry to young evangelicals to plant their feet and take a stand for individual rights.

“I hope you understand that there has never been a time in our nation and in our world where we need people who recognize their responsibility, not simply to get an education so they can make more money or become somebody, but that the education is their preparation to change a very troubled world. And if you don’t do it, it’s not going to get done,” he began.

Huckabee hosts a No. 1-rated weekend television program on Fox News Channel and a rapidly growing syndicated radio show. Before beginning his political career, Huckabee served as a pastor for 12 years and became the youngest-ever president of the Arkansas Southern Baptist Convention. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007, where he was nationally recognized for his leadership. Time Magazine hailed him as one of the five best governors in America. In 2008, Huckabee finished second to John McCain in the race for the GOP bid for presidency. His popularity in the race soared shortly after his November 2007 visit to Liberty, in which he received a personal endorsement from Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Huckabee last visited Liberty in 2009 when he spoke in Convocation.

“It has been my honor and privilege to become a friend of Mike Huckabee’s over the last few years,” Falwell said as he cited Huckabee’s numerous achievements.

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