(CNN) – There's a likely GOP 2012 presidential candidate who is a former governor, darling of the party's conservative base, and the leader of nearly every early presidential poll.
And his name is not Sarah Palin.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose upstart presidential campaign toppled Mitt Romney in Iowa and nearly brought down John McCain in South Carolina last year, wants people to know he's every bit as serious as other potential presidential aspirants, and suggested there's a double standard when it comes to how some in his party treat him and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"Some of the people who had excoriated me and really been very dismissive of me for views that I had taken, and labeled me anything from a populist to an ignoramus - the same people have been very defensive [of] and laudatory to Sarah Palin," Huckabee told Politico in an article published Monday.
I'm a very serious person," he also said. "I may not be dour, but I'm serious."
The former two-term Arkansas governor has expressed criticism of Palin before, suggesting her abrupt resignation of the Alaska governorship may suggest she's not ready to handle the pressures of a hardscrabble presidential primary campaign.
"If she's looking to be a national political figure, it's not going to get easier," he said in July. "In a primary this is going to be an issue she'll have to face. Will she be able to withstand the pressure?"
In many respects, Huckabee should be considered the early favorite in what already appears to be a crowded field of 2012 Republican contenders. He consistently leads Palin and his old rival Romney in presidential polls and has maintained a legion of faithful followers. He's also out with a new book this month and a concurrent book tour through some of the country's most conservative townships - including some in politically important Iowa.
Huckabee was also the winner of a recent Values Voter Summit straw poll, grabbing nearly 29 percent of the vote in a crowded field that, in addition to Palin and Romney, included Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
But Huckabee's fundraising pales in comparison to Romney's and Palin's, and it's the former Republican vice presidential candidate who has been dubbed the party's rock star, and whose upcoming book tour will make national headlines - a fact Huckabee brushed off with his trademark humor.
"I'm glad she's getting the props - I know I'm not nearly as attractive," he said.
Gotta love the right wing "take back out country" sentiment...why – so you can screw it up even more then you already have? Eight years of your pathetic excuse for leadership is what got us where we are now. What is wrong with your brains? Why have you given up using them to THINK?? You all say the same thing over and over in the same words and all while ignoring any responsibility for all the damage you have done. Just hype and attack. Take back the country....much more the absurd GOP flock and their brand of "leadership" and you won't have to worry about much of a country being left to take back.
Huckabee has stated for the record that he wants to rewrite the Constitution to make it a "Christian document". Would that include such christian values as witch burning, torturing non-believers, hanging heretics?
Send this Huck down the river too.
The other, fictional one described the possibilities of tolerance.
This one talks about conservative values while benefiting from a government health and pension system. Make him do an honest days work before giving him the gold-plated benefits.
Before one can have double standards, one needs to have standards to begin with.
Hopefuly Palin will have dissapeared by that point anyway. She is not qualified let alone ready – also I don't think the country really wants the female "Forrest Gump" leading them. This from a Democrat (because I had to pick from the available list) and a liberal for the most part – all that means is that I will listen to all candidates and choose who I think will be best – regardless of their party affiliation. (unlike GOPers who think their party must have the answers) I dont think the teabaggers and/or nut job Beck / Limbaugh fringe disciples will have any impact on re-electing Obama – he would really have to make a screw up not to be re elected...regardless of the claims made by the 2 wackos mentioned above, he has not.
Huckabee is honest, straight forward, intelligent.. and has a good sense of humor.. Don't rule him out.. He is looking very good these days when you consider the other people who are up for consideration.
At least Huckabee doesn't suffer from a double standard from the media. They critizice her for not allowing the media to cover her Milwaukee right to life speech. But how many of them covered her Evansville Indiana speech? And who would spend money to see her speak, if they could see it on C-SPAN for free? The then had the nerve to critizice which cities she will be signing books in. Did we see the same kind of treatment from other politicians on book tours?
Huckabee would bring us more all-you-can-eat buffets, that's for sure.
I think all of these Republicans have outdated views based upon myth and false values! Romney et al only worry about the spending Democrats try to do to help americans who pay for all of the largesse of Congress. they seem to quickly forget the massive deficit spending under Bush. Why is that so true? Peace
He wants to what? ...rewrite the Constitution to make it a "Christian document". Does he not realize the country was founded on FREEDOM of RELIGEON not, freedom of religeon as long as its christianity....I would rather change to socialism than be forced to worship who he dicides I should. SEPERATION of CHURCH and STATE! feel free to worship who you like but keep your bible out of my constitution.
Yeah, i can see American voters rushing back to the same party that brought this economic fiasco upon us after 8 years and doubling the 5 trillion dollar deficit.
Now, your complaining about 1 trillion for American and health care over 10 years..
President Obama is trying to save American lives with the 1 trillion. and 10 years, not end American lives with the 5 trillion the shrub and the dick spent in 8 years and the 4500 and still counting young American lives.
There went my chances of ever supporting this self promoter. Huckabee hasn't taken a small fraction of the abuse Palin has taken from the media ... and he is actually whining that she isn't being abused more.
He's a good, decent, and intelligent man that would lead our country very well. Huckabee 2012!! And I like Sarah but he's it. Obama is really scaring me.
MikQuick- First of all it's R-E-L-I-G-I-O-N not religeon. And if you think that the men who crafted our Constitution used any other Faith as a basis for that document than Christianity, then you need to go back and dig into the backgrounds of our Founders. This country was founded as a Christian nation with the ability for those of other faiths to be welcomed into this country and not be mandated as to what faith to practice. But I would ask you to name ONE President who claimed to have a faith OTHER than the Christian faith. There has not been one. Just because Gov. (and soon to be President) Huckabee chooses to practice what he preaches does not mean he would mandate what faith you had to practice and to insinuate such a thing is absurd. I suppose you would rather he be a hypocrite in practicing his faith like, oh say, Bill Clinton-a professed born again Baptist. Freedom of Religion applies to candidates for President of the United States as well. If you disagree, then you are FREE to vote for someone who shares your views.
We the people will not tolerate religion of any kind in our goverment. If you can leave it out of the political proccess to run this country then we can except your run for the position. If you can't then don't bother running at all. Of course this goes for everyone who wants to run. The other thing is to have a plan how to help the American people and fix our problems, all of us. not just your small corner of fanatics.
Nice guy....but he said on Larry King he is doesn't believe in evolution, only creationism.
That alone loses my vote. Take a science class, dude.
Huckabee needs to go to the gym and workout he looks fat!!
A superior man is concerned with justice. An inferior man is concerned with profit.
Huckwannabee is the best of the sorriest party in American political history. His beliefs and policies would be disastrous but he's not brain dead and has some principals he actually stands on and has even a small sense of humor.
The GOP would hold the old South with him. As things stand that's about the best they can do. Palin might not carry Alaska.
Conservatives will decide this time who will run in the Republican Party. If not, Republicans will NOT win.
Its obnoxious how cnn obsesses about Sara Palin. If cnn was any more left of left they would fall off the planet which they already have
I agree Governor. She is an ignoramus too.
Hmmm. Let's see, a guy who is against abortion, but also against funding for education.
Is he for humans? Or dignity?
Send him off. He isn't worth the time I just spent writing about it.
I'm really tired of all the religious overtones & undertones by the GOP. Why can't they just run a campaign based on they're abilities. Why do they have to drag God and Jesus into the political ring with them in order to give themselves respectability????
If Huckabee has the IQ of a rock he's miles ahead of Sarah. But as long as the GOP nominates a right wing nut it's gonna be Obama again.