Just hours after announcing his run for the White House and for the first time as an official 2016 presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee faced America's voters.

On "The Kelly File," Huckabee spoke to a panel of registered Republican voters who will have a say in whether or not he is the 2016 GOP nominee.

How did your previous campaigns prepare you for this one? A voter asked.

"I think you're always better if you've been through a race before, because you have a little better understanding of what you're going to experience," Huckabee said. "When you lose one and you're ready to get up off the canvas and go right back in the ring, you know for sure you ran for the right reason."

"You're a much better candidate when you run the second time ... You're a little seasoned, you're tougher, you got some scars on you."

Another voter asked Huckabee who in the GOP field is the "drunk redneck at the bar itching for a fight."

"It could be all of them," Huckabee remarked. "I still think that the best thing to happen in the Republican primary is that all of the others drop out, recognize that I should have it this time and let's be done with this."

Megyn Kelly herself had a question for Huckabee: Does Hillary Clinton need to give an interview responding to the "Clinton Cash" controversy?

"Of course she does," Huckabee said. "Could you imagine a Republican in that much hot water who refuses to even answer questions from the press?"

"We all have to be accountable to the voters. We all have to be accountable to questions like this where we don't know what's going to be thrown at us. That's part of the process. And if we can't handle that kind of heat, then we don't belong in the kitchen."

Watch Huckabee field more questions from voters in the "Kelly File" clip above.


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