(CNN) - Even though Mike Huckabee Monday spends a second straight day in the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, the former White House hopeful doesn't appear to be in any rush to decide on making another bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
"The candidate who goes out too early is going to have to stay on his feet an awful long time. It's the difference between a boxer going 15 rounds and going eight," the former Arkansas governor told reporters Sunday in Davenport, Iowa, according to the Quad City Times. "If you can condense it down to eight, you might have the juice to stay in it. If you have to go 15, you'd better have enough behind you to last that long."
Huckabee won Iowa's 2008 GOP caucus, and the current visit to Iowa is raising speculation about whether he'll take the plunge again, but he says he won't make any decision until the summer - later than most of the other potential Republican candidates. Several of those possible White House hopefuls have visited Iowa in recent months, meeting with Republican insiders and officials and conservative activists.
But Huckabee's two-day stay in the Hawkeye state is all about selling books. His book tour for "A Simple Government" is bringing him to six cities in Iowa. Sunday he signed books in Waterloo, Davenport and Dubuque. Monday he's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and West Des Moines.
But Huckabee says the lack of meetings shouldn't be seen as a sign that he's not going to make a White House bid in 2012.
"I'm talking to some folks. It may not be as obvious," Huckabee told reporters.
Huckabee says his gigs as a nationally syndicated radio show host and his weekend cable television program on the Fox News Channel, as well as his current book tour, restrict the amount of time he can spend on political activity.
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