Presidential Bio: Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee's doctors gave him a choice: lose weight or die. And so the Arkansas governor shed 110-pounds, got into good enough shape to complete a marathon, and wrote a book about weight loss.

Along he way, he says, he hoped to inspire his constituents to get healthy, too.

Huckabee began his career behind the pulpit as a baptist pastor. He was governor of arkansas from 1996 to 2006.

Huckabee favors President Bush's plan to create a legal path to U.S. citizenship for some illegal immigrants. He's called suggestions from members of his own party to deport all illegal immigrants quote - "unworkable."

The governor is against cutting funds for the Iraq war. He's voiced qualified support for the administration's policy in iraq, including a proposal to increase troop levels.

Huckabee has signed a pledge not to raise taxes.

And he supports a proposal to do away with income taxes and other taxes and instead use a national retail sales tax.