(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is explaining his decision to switch his residency to Florida, a move that immediately raised questions about whether he is serious about mounting a second presidential bid in 2012.
Huckabee said in a statement late Wednesday that he and his wife are splitting their time between Arkansas, Florida and New York - where he hosts a talk show on Fox News - "to better accommodate our busy travel schedule and personal business."
"This was a personal decision not a political one," he said. Huckabee and his wife registered in February to vote as Republicans in Florida, where they rent a home, an aide confirmed to CNN.
Politically, Huckabee said, his current focus is on the 2010 midterm elections. "That should be obvious to any political reporter – considering HuckPAC's strong involvement with candidates around the country, our contributions and our nationwide volunteer network," he said.
"It is ridiculous for someone to try and read something into this decision," he continued. "I think it's foolish for political pundits to assume residency in Florida is an indication on my political intentions. As I have repeatedly said, no decision has been made about my political future – and none will be made until after the mid-term elections.
"Only the Lord knows what my future holds and He hasn't told me yet - so I'm positive He hasn't told any political reporters," he said.