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A word from Gov. Mike Hucka : er, Beebe

September 27, 2008

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— Arkansas' governor needs a name tag.

Mike Beebe has been in office nearly two years, but that hasn't stopped officials in his state from confusing him with his similarly named predecessor, Mike Huckabee. Even the chief of the state's medical school and a state agency director get tongue-tied.

"To my right is Gov. Mike Huckabee," University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson said Friday at a ceremony in Little Rock introducing Beebe. The audience howled.

"I got half of it right," Wilson said. Minutes later, he made the same flub.

Physically, the two Mikes don't share a common appearance. Democrat Beebe's silver-gray hair is lighter than Republican Huckabee's dark brown.

Huckabee, who served as the state's governor for 10 1/2 years, also gained fame by losing more than 100 pounds and becoming an avid fitness advocate, a distinction Beebe doesn't have.

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