More than two years after coming in second behind Arizona Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential primaries, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is more popular than ever.
Despite the media frenzy surrounding political-lightening rod Sarah Palin, a recent Gallup poll ranks Huckabee as the most liked potential GOP presidential candidate for 2012.
With the nation's deficit having skyrocketed and healthcare reform threatening to lower the standard of care and increase government control, it comes as no surprise that Huckabee is gaining ground with his call for smaller government.
In his new book A Simple Government, the top-rated weekend cable television and radio host lays out 12 fundamentals he says will put America back on track.
He urges politicians on both sides of the aisle to set aside their differences, tone down partisan rancor, and return to the simple principles of America's founding fathers.
"We need a simple government," he writes. "Don't get me wrong; I know that many of the nation's problems are highly complex. But I also know that the governing principles that can solve them, if we work together, are simple."
Huckabee also advocates fiscal discipline along with a return to family values, coordinated immigration, and elimination of political correctness in the fight against terrorism.
Huckabee will talk more about his new book on The 700 Club, Feb. 24. Check your local listings for show times, or check CBNNews.com on Thursday after 10 a.m. ET.
Originally aired on February 24, 2011.