Hours after announcing his candidacy for president, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" for an exclusive interview.

Huckabee said that he was ready mentally and emotionally for his 2008 presidential run, but now he's also ready organizationally and politically.

"What shocked a lot of people [was] just how ready we were, how detailed our team was," Huckabee said. "We're taking this seriously. This is not some vanity project. I'm planning on taking this all the way to the White House."

Megyn pointed out that some of the knocks on Huckabee are that he's not conservative enough and he's a "big government guy."

"The Cato Institute says that you are the biggest big government conservative running," Megyn said. "Is that true?"

"No, it isn't true," Huckabee answered, explaining that think tanks like the Cato Institute will often take a template that they lay over all 50 states without looking at the dynamics and political situations in individual states.

"An example: state government only grew half of one percent per year during the 10-and-a-half years that I was governor in the most Democratic state in America," Huckabee said.

"It's a miracle I got elected, even a greater miracle I got re-elected and the greatest miracle of all was that I never got less than 90 percent of my legislative package passed against all the headwinds."

Watch the "Kelly File" interview above.

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