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Mike Huckabee: Pluses and minuses

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CBS takes a look at the lesser-known candidates in the 2008 presidential race, including Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Assets listed: Governor, Southerner, Baptist minister, good speaker, conservative.

Liabilities: Ability to raise money, low name recognition. Also:

He's drawn criticism for verbal missteps, including jokingly referring to his weight loss as due to "six weeks at a concentration camp" and for calling his state a "banana republic." He has also been cited for five violations by the Arkansas Ethics Commission, all dealing with not reporting gifts or cash.

And maybe they should ask him about the lack of state inventory for the $70,000 in furniture sent to the Governor's Mansion early in his tenure. Is it there? Better yet, how does he explain his justification for hauling away gifted governor's office furniture with him when he leaves?

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