WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee announced Friday that veteran GOP strategist Ed Rollins will serve as his national campaign chairman and senior advisor.
Rollins, considered by many the architect of Ronald Reagan's 1984 landslide election victory, said in a New Hampshire press conference Friday that Huckabee reminds him of the former Republican president more than any other current candidate.
"There's a lot of people going around talking about the Reagan days, who's the next Reagan," he said. "I was with the old Reagan and I can promise you this man comes as close to anyone in filling those shoes."
The longtime GOP strategist who worked in the Reagan White House, ran former Rep. Jack Kemp's 1988 White House run, and played a key role in Ross Perot's 1992 presidential bid also joked Huckabee's campaign is a "unique" one for him.
"It's the only campaign I've ever been in where there's no donuts and no booze, so it's going to be a real struggle for me," he said. "But one of the good things is [Huckabee] can look at me every day and he can say, I am not going back to being a fat old guy like him, I am going to stay slim and keep jogging."
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney