Huckabee to keynote Iowa conservative confab

Fueling further speculation over his 2016 plans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is heading to Iowa in April to keynote an event for the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition.

Huckabee is slated to keynote its Spring Kickoff. The conservative group, which typically attracts prominent GOP presidential hopefuls to its annual gatherings, said it's expecting a number of House and Senate candidates as well.

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Steve Scheffler, the group’s president, said Huckabee’s remarks are “sure to be a call to action going into the 2014 election."

“Gov. Huckabee will bring a message of optimism while stressing the urgency to elect constitutional conservatives here in Iowa this fall. We look forward to his perspectives on abusive IRS practices and new regulations that threaten free speech as outlined in our first amendment,” he added,

Huckabee, who has a strong presence in 2016 GOP presidential polls, has made no secret of his interest in the race. Speaking in January at a Republican National Committee luncheon, the 2008 presidential candidate touted his qualifications for the Oval Office.

"It's not just a campaign," he said. "It's really about being able to govern and experience governing in an environment that is not altogether your own party. And certainly nobody governing brings that quite like I could."

He’s also slated to attend the New Hampshire Freedom Summit this spring, an event that’s drawing a number of other GOP presidential prospects, including Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).