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. joel

    I find the hypocrisy involved in politics amusing. Barak Obama can talk about the judgement of God in the life to come (in connection with the Fort Hood shooting) and no one raises an eyebrow. If Huckabee were to say something like that he would be satirized. The reason religious references are tolerated when liberal politicians make them is that we know they are just using empty words. When Huckabee makes similar statements, one senses that he means what he says. Is it possible that we prefer being lied to?

    November 29, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. HUGO

    I don't care who runs against our "most highly intelligent Constitutional self made millionaire scholar Usurper of the Constitution" as long as they send him back to Thugcago with his tail and apologies between his legs. We need a strong leader well experienced in macroeconomics, military tactics and foreign affairs to pull us out of what is boiling down to be 12 years of combined disastrous leadership(sic). You are not going to print money your way out of what is coming.....

    November 29, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    Bren – harmless in the VP position, kind of like Cheney was harmless in the VP position? I'll never look at the VP position as harmless again, personally.

    Kevin Kranz – I could not have put it better, either time. Thank you.

    November 29, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Dakota Kyle

    "The Democrats plan on running someone against Obama in 2012!!!"

    Bev, your meth lab is way too close to your mom's keyboard.

    Go back to watching Fox cartoons!

    November 29, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. steve

    They say Huck is to much into religion...Well I guess we should scrap some of our best preseidents (Washington, Lincoln, Reagan) then.
    Maybe if our country would be more God fearing (respect) this country wouldn't be so on the decline.

    November 29, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Terry Gloege

    I think ole Mike should stick to what he does best – preaching and guitar playing.

    November 29, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Jimmy

    Huckabee as President would be a disaster. It's obvious that he's setting himself up for another run.

    November 29, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Courtney

    Huck really lost his "presidential" aspirations the day he took such a heavy handed philosophy in favor of Israel with regard to the "two state" solution. No American President could appear to be fair after making the statements he made while visiting Israel.

    November 29, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Royster

    He wants to wait to see how the 2010 elections turn out?
    And he wants a 'guarantee' they will unite behind him?

    So, does this mean 'Hey if it's wasy to win maybe I'll run, but if it's hard, forget it!' This sounds like 'Palin-speak'!!

    Perhaps Huckabee should look at the other GOP 2012 wannabees........Romney, Palin, Lou Dobbs, dark horse 'don't assk me' Dick Cheney....does he see any rhyme or reason in That crowd??

    November 29, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Paul/ElPaso

    The GOP just doens't get it.

    November 29, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. NotFooledTX

    I'll take a pass on Huckabee – I like our constitution as it is, I don't want it ammended to coincide with the bible as Mr. Huckabee believes. But heck, I'm sure there's some nice little theocracy out there for him.

    November 29, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Luposian

    We are too far gone as, a country, for any Republican to save us. If Huckabee is on the 2012 ballot, I'll vote for him, but if not, then I will simple vote for the one I voted for in 2008... Who cannot lose, even though He is never elected.

    November 29, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Fed up Monority

    bev
    where did you get this information from......your talking head leader.....what makes Romney a genius?.....He has no anwsers either....he just got lucky in business...what happened in Mass......when he was given responsibility.

    November 29, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Dimslie

    Sorry, Huckster, you ran interference for McCain in 2008 and saddled us with a loser nominee. I'd vote for you against Obama but, I'd vote for almost anyone ahead of you for the nomination.

    November 29, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. A. Smith, Oregon

    What a Huckster!

    Only Mike Wannabe could have pulled the Huckabean in remaining in the previous Presidential Election.

    Apparently a lot of Big Oil, Big Pharma and gigantic American Corporations have Mike Huckabee in their pockets to finance his long running campaign, while Ole' Morman Mitt went thru much of his own personal wealth, as did Hillary Clinton.

    With bible thumping Bush jr. in the White House, America suffered thru the most horrendous loss of personal and private freedoms over the entire history of America. America can't afford another Christian Bible thumper in the white house starting wars left and right with neighboring nations.

    November 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Mike S.

    Huckabee started his last campaign on the "I'm a better Christian" platform, then joked about the assassination of Obama. I think most Americans, and many Republicans, have grown tired of the total hypocrisy of this Republican party, which is now headed by Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, and Sean Hannity. Huckabee should keep his Fox gig until Sarah takes it away from him.

    November 29, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Debbie in VA

    You libs can be really mean and nasty. You sit on your thrones and look down at anyone who does not agree with you and tell all of us we are stupid. You call Republicans all kinds of things and make everything personal even if the commenter clearly states they are not a Republican. That's real openness and a desire to debate the issues. When you start name calling instead of debating the issue the discussion is over. There is no lively discussion of the issues on this board.

    November 29, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Illinoisfireman

    What is with all this talk of seperation of church and state? It is a complete fabrication by liberals. Seperation of church and state is not in the US Constitution. It is found in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association from Thomas Jefferson (a deist) who assured the Baptists that the Federal government would not create a state church, like the Church of England. That is why the first admendment states that congress shall make "no law respecting an establishment of religion" (i.e. the Church of England). This does not mean that religion cannot be in governement. It only means that governement cannot regulate religion. In fact, it was John Adams that stated that it is the duty of Americans to elect Christian leaders.

    November 29, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Bev, when you wrote "Romney is a financial/business genius!!" you only used two exclamation points. Was this to indicate you're less sure of this statement than "The Democrats plan on running someone against Obama in 2012!!!"?

    November 29, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Christopher

    "You libs can be really mean and nasty. You sit on your thrones and look down at anyone who does not agree with you and tell all of us we are stupid. You call Republicans all kinds of things and make everything personal even if the commenter clearly states they are not a Republican. That's real openness and a desire to debate the issues. When you start name calling instead of debating the issue the discussion is over. There is no lively discussion of the issues on this board."

    I am a Liberal and I agree with this comment. But you can remove the word "libs" and replace it with "conservative" and the comment is equally valid. There is not a single conservative in this country who possesses any moral high ground on the issue of fairness and civility when it comes to political discussions. Despite what the writer of this comment and Carrie Prejean preach, conservative hypocrisy is not more noble that liberal hypocrisy. Only when we start holding members of our own parties to the same standards that we hold other party members to can we start calling ourselves moral again. But when you use the same personal attacks to decry the personal attacks that you are complaining about, then you are just the same sad fool that you accuse others of being.

    November 29, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    If Mike would quit thumping his bible, and quit trying to append it to the Constitution, I'd consider voting for him, but that's not going to happen.

    November 29, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Joe

    Huckabee is too good to be President. Keep your present job.

    November 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Scot

    This never ending election cycle you Americans have set up is totally absurd.. How can your leaders focus on the present if we have this eternal speculation, on-going money raising and adversarial approach. Day in day out. it goes on. We just got through with one election and already everybody is fed up becuase things arent "fixed" already. Never mind that it took 8 years of some of the most imcompetent government this country has ever seen to get us in this mess. Americans used to be admired for getting things done FAST (think Kennedy and the Moon program). Today they cant even implement a healthcare bill which would save millions of lives before 2013. Now its Huckabee another religious creationist. Yea that will fix things real quick.

    November 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Nestor, Austin, TX

    I can't believe how many people still buy into the false notion that there is a Constitutional separation of Church and State. The constitution says no such thing. It says the government can not establish a State Religion, one where every person must participate in worship through a certain Church. It also says that government can not stop the free exercise of religion either. So everyone who hates religion, go to a communist country where there is no religion. Maybe you'll be more comfortable there. But if you want to stay here, get used to politicians who have strong religious beliefs. It is their right, just as it is your right to not believe.

    November 29, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. KDavid

    Yes Please ! we need a Patriotic person in there... not just a power hungrey fool. Also, if god gives him guidance thats ok....... its on the almighty dollar bill too ! Its also in the pledge of allegiance that we all need to get reaquainted with.

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