November 30th, 2009
09:31 AM ET
4 years ago

Huckabee unsure about another presidential bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will be looking at the 2010 midterm election results as part of his decisionmaking about 2012.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will be looking at the 2010 midterm election results as part of his decisionmaking about 2012.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he remains undecided about another presidential run in 2012, but called the possibility "less likely than more likely."

Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," Huckabee noted the election is almost three years away and that, regardless of what happens between now and then, President Barack Obama will be a tough opponent.

"It's hard to say. A lot of it depends on how the elections turn out next year," Huckabee said of the 2010 mid-term vote expected to bring some Republican gains in Congress.

A recent USA Today/Gallup poll showed Huckabee was the front-runner among possible Republican nominees for 2012. However, Huckabee said he would need assurances that the Republican Party would unite behind his candidacy, unlike 2008 when he was considered an outsider by the GOP mainstream.

"It's less likely than more likely," Huckabee said of running for the GOP nomination again. Besides, he said, he's got a good job now.

"The reason I wouldn't is this FOX gig I've got right now ... is really, really wonderful," Huckabee said of his talk show on the network.

"Jumping into the pool, you've got to make sure there's some water in it," he said, later adding: "It's a wonderful experience, but I am nowhere near ready to say that's what I want to do three years from now."


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Robert Harrold

    My wife and I will vote for Huckabee.

    November 29, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Personal to bev:

    You keep telling yourself all that garbage as spewed by right-wing radio, and you'll confirm just how smart you aren't.

    November 29, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. joe mett

    This Republican jokers must find something useful to mankind to do instead of supporting wars and foreign occupations.

    Senator Lugar says delay healthcare reform and focus on going to fight the Afghan war. That is a real Republican for you. They do not see anything wrong in fighting a $75 billion military imperialism in Afghanistan but do not want health care reform

    Very soon the American troops sent to Afghanistan would ask themselves, why are we sacrificing our lifes for Afghanistan and that is when these war thirsty, blood hungry politicians and generals would start paying the price from the American public!!!!

    November 29, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Boston Guy

    To valwayne, sorry but Bush and Cheney already drove this country into an econmic and foreign policy disaster. Where were you for the 8 years they were in office. Just like a Repurb to not take responsibility. Always good at blaming someone else for THEIR mistakes. Just look at where this county was when Bush took over and where it was when he left. It's real simple if you're smart enough.

    November 29, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Jackie

    Robert Harrold November 29th, 2009 4:32 pm ET

    "My wife and I will vote for Huckabee."

    Mr. Harrold, I'm sure your little wifie will do whatever YOU tell her to do, isn't that right?

    November 29, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. GE in MD

    Huck is a pretty slick articulate fella. But we already had one of those from Arkansas. I don't think we need another one.

    November 29, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Expat American

    The same people who toss out terms like 'Marxism' and 'Communism' and 'Socialism' at every turn are the same people who fear all Muslims are terrorists and that Jesus Christ was an American. The GOP counts on this level of global perspective to survive.

    Thankfully, these past few years, the global media put these 'values voters’ on display and showed the world the real 'Red State' America; a world that laughed long and hard.

    November 29, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Marty K

    Can we stop speculating about 2012 primaries and focus on the problems of NOW?!?!?!

    This entire media hype is very frustrating. It's 3 years away for goodness sake!!!!

    November 29, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Al, CA

    What else GOP can do? They very much depend on their religious extremist base. And this base keeps shrinking. I am a lifelong atheist, and most of my educated friends are atheists too. And our kids find it easier to believe in Santa than in more incredible myths...

    November 29, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
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