November 30th, 2009
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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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  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    His ego is as fat as he is and he and the "christian" cons think it is "God's will".

    He will run.

    November 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. strong

    He should be VERY unsure about another prez. bid.

    His last bid for president was merely "cheap entertainment on the side" for us to watch.

    Good bye Mike. Again.

    November 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Debbie

    Can't go with Huck or Romney. Left the GOP because of the "religion" component.

    Being fiscally conservative does not equate religious conservatisim.

    Lot's of center right people were basically exiled from the party. If the GOP continues with the religion and purity platform they will loose elections.

    Leaves the "GOP exiles" to become independents or join the Dems.

    November 29, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. andrewstl

    it does not matter who runs the gop is a dying breed

    the values voters have been brushed aside with a smarter society.
    these are the same folks who preach every sunday about topics and are hypocrites. the main stream population has smartened up and have seen what these people for what they are and thaey are frauds. as soon as america got smarter the gop was in trouble. only fools believe the scare tactics bellowed by these racist fools who blanket their anger and dissent with the veil of god.

    gop rip

    November 29, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. EEMargolin

    Why are right-winged fundamentalist extremists so popular in the Republican Party? I don't get it.

    I'm sorry, but I can't support someone who think the Earth is only 5,000 -7,000 years old.

    November 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Crazy is the new sanity on Fox.....Let him stay in his element.....

    November 29, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. sonnie2 port st lucie

    Bottom line is if President Obama was a whiteman with no brains like Sarah Palin he would get a lot more respect from the media and some of these right wing lunatics.And just to make my point they are not gunning for the president only but for his wife also.What kind of world are we living in?When president Bush and Dick cheney brought us to the lowest any other administration had ever took our country its like the media was asleep.But the minute Obama become President we have a media frenzie.The first one hundred days the second one hundred days and every days in between there is never anything positive to say just negativity. How sad!! I am sure if John Mc-cain was President dont care how bad he was doing the media would let it ride just as they did with Bush. Amen!!!!!!

    November 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Romney and Huckabee are the best they have and that does not say much for the communist party we have all come to hate so much.

    November 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    Once unemployment ticks down and the housing market finally stabilizes, President Obama will not lose the election. The only reason the deficit is a big issue is that the economy is not strong. No one complained about the deficit under Bush until the economy started to tank. If people have jobs and a house, the deficit isn't that big of an issue.

    Republicans will only have a chance if the two above mentioned items aren't doing well. By 2012 unemployment will be below 8% and most if not all housing markets will be moving up. If so, Republicans won't have a shot because Americans will fear they may screw up the progress we made in the 4 years under Obama.

    Remember, this is my prediction. Criticize if you like, but criticize my prediction, not me.

    November 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Huckabee is slightly more qualified than Palin, but neither will make it.

    November 29, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Emma

    It is obvious that the Republicans do not have a candidate for the presidency that Americans believe in and feel confident about in managing our nation. Several are too religious, one lacks the depth of understanding to lead us (yes, the one from up north), and none of them, including Gingrich, Romney, Jindal, Barbour, Palin et. al. have huge coalitions and definitely lack broad appeal to many of us.

    November 29, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas

    Huckabee/Palin 2012!

    Lord, hear my prayer!!!

    November 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Progressive Texan

    Mike Huckabee is a likeable, intelligent, and reasonable person who truly cares about the American people. However, after one attempt, he, like Jesus Christ, is probably "too smart to run for public office" again. He's certainly too smart to be nominated by the Republican party. Mr. Huckabee is actually interested in solving real problems and improving the quality of people's lives, not just living out narcissistic fantasies or reacting to paranoid delusions, like some of the other potential Republican candidates. I may disagree with Mr. Huckabee on 90% of the issues, but I respect him as a person and value his ideas. Sarah and Dick, I have absolutely no respect for liars like the two of you.

    Nurse: Do you even know what Marxism is? Have you ever even taken a course in basic economics? President Obama is not a Marxist, he is not a communist, and he is not even a socialist. You, however, are either a liar to accuse him of that, too stupid to realize that is what you are doing, or too ignorant to know what you are talking about.

    Bev: You are obviously sadly misinformed and have absolutely no knowledge of what the Democrats are planning to do in 2012. BTW, a national poll taken today, even if it supported your contention that Obama has no chance in 2012 (which there is not a single national poll the could remotely be construed to substantiate that claim), would be totally worthless two or three years from now.

    USN: To you sir, The City is San Francisco, not "Frisco". Please don't insult the people who live there with your ignorance. However, they would probably very willingly accept someone like Randall.

    Randall: I hope you enjoy living in Torrance. It's not San Francisco, but it's a great place to live. If you like Vietnamese egg rolls, check out Nam’s Red Door in San Pedro. They are called Imperial Rolls on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

    November 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Willy Brown

    I like Mike and he'd be a good president however the liberal trolls would hate it all the same even if Mike gave them a new car they would only be mad cause he did not give them a truck.

    November 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Dean in PA

    Just another holier-than-thou, fundamentalist jerk who wants to impose his own morals on everyone else. God help us if one of these godcreeps gets into the White House.

    November 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    well if we're going to go by the Mayan calender then 2012 won't make much of a difference who runs will it?

    November 29, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. TangledThorns

    I like Huck but Sarah Palin will win the WH in 2012.

    November 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Adam in NJ

    A right wing minister running for president? The Taliban would approve.

    November 29, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Otto

    Even if the healthcare bill fail, Obama will win in 2012. The one problem I see is the DEMS who were charged up will stay home and don't vote. There's no one in the RNC that can step forward and give him a good challenge. Take Rudy for instance, millions spent in Florida drinking cool-aid and the rest are simply hateful so-called Christians who are worst then the devil himself. The people are watching and the party of NO will receive their just rewards.

    November 29, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. emma

    Huckabee has zero chance of making it out of the 4 remaining red states during the election. As does Romney, Palin, or any other Republican choosing to waste their time and money.

    November 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Palin/Bachmann 2012

    Huckabee doesn't have a chance. Sarah is the Republican darling not him.

    November 29, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Mama for Obama

    I'd never vote for Huckabee or Romney or any of the Republicans. Haven't they done enough damage to our country already? I'm ashamed of all Republicans!

    November 29, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Huckabee don't stand a chance against Sarah Palin. She is a shoe in for the nomination.

    November 29, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. S M R

    Two words: Empty suit

    November 29, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Robert

    As a christian I am probably one of the few people who do not support a Huckabee bid. He seems like the type of person who would support a theocracy type system and stop the gears on important technological advancements like nanotechnology. Romney or anyone else would be my choice. Even though the democrats think they can beat him, I think they are wrong on all fronts. He's run a business, he's run a state. He could help the economy tremendously. The only problem I have is why people are taking his religious stance as a defect. Being mormon doesn't mean he's an idiot or will turn the country into a mormon state.

    We need someone that is forward thinking in office.. not just more of the same.

    November 29, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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