November 30th, 2009
09:31 AM ET
5 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. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    Huck, PLEASE stay "unsure!"

    For the sake of all Americans, we MUST keep the separation of church and state.

    November 29, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Mike Huckabee seems like a really nice guy (kind of like one with whom you'd want to share a beer). However, as someone who believes strongly in keeping my religious beliefs separate from my political beliefs, I'm concerned.

    November 29, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. valwayne

    I could truly support Gov Huckabee, but he needs to decide if he's going to be in or out before too much longer, even if he doesn't announce. Obama and the Demcorats are taking us into such an economic and foreign policy disaster that we are going to need serious people ready to commit and start planning how we get out of this mess, which Obama will make much worse, now.

    November 29, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Death Panel Sarah

    He's making a lot more money now on Faux News, and that's all most reptili'con's care about!!!
    Besides, he knows he's too far right(an example of when 'right' is 'wrong') and much too fanatically religious to ever win.

    November 29, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. russ in Benton

    Let Jesus tell you what to do. You are in touch with him are you not.

    November 29, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. ol cranky

    he's unsure because his ego's still hurting that Palin ranks higher than he does among the folks who should be supporting him.

    November 29, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  7. Thomas

    That is one thing that Huckabee and I agree on. We both are unsure that Huckabee should run for President.

    November 29, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Larry

    No thanks.

    We've had enough so-called Christians ruining this country under Bush.

    November 29, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Alex

    The GOP has yet to offer any potential candidates who are likely to appeal to the middle, which is what you need to win. And anyone who can't separate church and state needs to stay out of it. 2012 could end up being the best opportunity in years (if not ever) for a third party to make an actual showing.

    November 29, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Eric

    He makes more money on Fox than he would as President, and he'll probably get a bonus as he grows steadily more crazy... sounds like the perfect spot for him ... why would he leave?!?!

    November 29, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Death Panel Sarah

    To valwayne:

    I'm sorry, you are delusional.
    First of all....our economy is doing as well as can be expected given the recession that started 2 years ago. President Obama conferred with the best available economists to formulate the response(too bad you were unavailable at the time, as you obviously know more than they did!).
    The President's foreign policy has also been researched by EXPERTS! His Sec. of Defense was Bush's boy....you had no problem with him then, did you?
    If you are looking for someone to fix this "mess", don't look to a far right evangelical fanatic with NO foreign policy experience to do anything other than install prayer in schools!!!

    November 29, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Drew

    Mike Huckabee has a great personality, as I have met him on the campaign trail when he was campaigning in 2008, but his religious views turn off a lot of people, including me.

    November 29, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. DennisG

    Oh please please run. All we really need is a religious extremist with so many previous statements and associations with even more fanatic fringe evangelicals that will come back to haunt him during the campaign to get the center and left wing up and moving. I can already see the ads about a right wing Mullah!

    November 29, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Z

    Stay unsure, Huckabee. We don't need Church and state combined.

    November 29, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. KWL

    I am a conservative Republican who does not see any of the current names bandied about by the press as possibiities for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. I wish the press would let the delegates in each party decide and not keep inserting media as if they had a vote. The media inserted itself (and still does) in the current national leadership situation ie the current administration and look where that has led- a media led disaster!

    November 29, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  16. Does America need Republicans?

    After epublicans brought us to the worst financial disaster besides the depresson, they don't deserve leading our country. For those who still support the republicans are the same ones who allowed America to be brought to our knees. During their tenure, did they support America or create the disaster we are currently in?

    November 29, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Fawkes

    I'm a Democrat, but as a person, I like this man. Unfortunately, his politics are not mine. If we had to have a Republican president, I would rather it be him than Palin.

    November 29, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Voltaire

    Yea, I too could support Hucks if I had no brain or no ability to reason. Maybe he could get Jesus as his running mate!

    November 29, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Randall from Detroit now in Torrance, CA

    The Greedy Obstacle Party are hateful, right-wing Fascists. They hate the middle-class, the Constitution, President Obama and people of color. They are inbred hicks, who wave their guns and bibles and believe in their hearts that God did not die for black people and that war is good as long as the rich get richer.

    November 29, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. independent

    Ordained ministers should not be allowed to run for office unless their religious group gives up its tax-exempt status.

    Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. When southern baptist churches give up tax-exempt status, he can run for office.

    November 29, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. Nurse

    I'd take anybody! over what we have . Even Bush

    November 29, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. fred

    Yes please run! I would like this guy as president.

    November 29, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. USN

    Do you people even know what seperation of church and state MEANS?

    November 29, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. ng in dc

    Palin/Huckabee 2012. There's a ticket to hell in handbasket with a Christian twist.

    November 29, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Randall from Detroit now in Torrance, CA - To: "Nurse"

    Hey nurse, you of all people should know about what makes a good President. Afterall, it was Bush and Cheney who had a threesome with a moose herder that produced Sarah Palin – GOP Playmate who can't even recall one newspaper she read as Governor and somehow suddenly can author a book.

    November 29, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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