MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Governor Mike Huckabee told the crowd at the Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, he is not in this race to come in second or third. He says he's in it to win and his race officially began later Tuesday when he filed in Columbia.
Mike Huckabee, former Governor of what he referred to as the most partisan state in our country, Arkansas, wants voters here in South Carolina to know he realizes what it takes to beat the Democratic Party.
"I think no person on that stage has more experience in fighting the Clinton political machine. Because I'm the only one who's lived it, beat it, and fought to tell about it," Huckabee said.
Huckabee also feels, this is no time for entry level politics.
"We are in a very tough spot in this country. We are in a tough spot economically, we're in a tough spot in national security, we've got to get this country rebuilt," Huckabee said.
In reaction to Scott Walker's decisions to quit the 2016 presidential race, Huckabee knows it's not easy to enter this race but he doesn't plan on backing down.
"Quite frankly the summer blockbusters, rarely get the Oscars when it comes spring time and we're working for the spring time, not for the summer blockbuster," Huckabee explained.
Today's focal point during Huckabee's speech, was what he called the moral obligation this country has to its veterans.
"I want to remind them, thanks to you I have the liberties of this country, and if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have them," Huckabee said.
Huckabee emphasized veterans have kept their promise to America, and he feels America has not kept it's promises to veterans. He went on to add that he wants to improve the Veterans Affairs system and give veterans and seniors the insurance and support they worked for. All things greatly appreciated by one 28 year vet in the crowd.
"He said it very well, I can't imagine anybody having any problems with what he says about foreign policy and supporting the military," Darrell Eickhoff said.
Eickhoff explained he knows what it's like to have to travel far and wide to find a provider to take his insurance policy. Eickoff served in the U.S. Air Force for 28, of what he called wonderful, years.
Huckabee told the crowd today, he believes veterans need to be given the medical care they need, in a way that's best for them, not the government.