Huckabee to make 2012 announcement
May 13th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee to make 2012 announcement

(CNN) - Current and former advisers to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee insist they do not know what he plans to announce Saturday on his Fox News show, fueling speculation he won't seek a second shot at the Republican nomination.

Signs have mounted for the last two years that Huckabee - while keen on staying in the political arena - has not been preparing to embark on a second national campaign.

He changed his residency to Florida, where he and his wife Janet built a home in Destin. Several former campaign aides took jobs with other prospective 2012 candidates like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, while his former campaign manager Chip Saltsman went to work for a member of Congress.

And just this week, Huckabee broke the news that he co-founded a company to teach history lessons to children, an unusual move for someone on the precipice of a national campaign.

Throughout all the tea leaf-reading, Huckabee's small band of advisers have maintained a delicate political balancing act, keeping the governor from dipping his toes too far into presidential waters lest he jeopardize his Fox News deal, while doing just enough to assure reporters that he is still seriously considering a bid.

Fox News told CNN the intended announcement will be live on his show Saturday night.

"Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid. He has not told anyone at FOX News Channel his decision," "Huckabee" executive producer Woody Fraser said in a statement.

– CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. ABM

    Hey Huck- Get ready for your SNL skit.

    EPIC FAIL!!!!!

    May 13, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    He cannot do that on his show, not during the actual broadcast. That would violate campaign finance laws. He could purchase an commercial ad and play that, but not a live announcement during his show. That would violate FEC rules.
    Doing so might imply that his entire salary has been one long campaign contribution. What about all of the revenue from commercials going to Fox News? Wouldn't they have to be registered as a "527"?

    May 13, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    He is not running

    May 13, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Z

    "Allowing a sick person health insurance is like insuring a burned down house". This is Huckabee's health care plan. (The vid of him saying this is at youtube). Also, I recommend listening to his revisionism of history with his cartoons he's selling. This guy will never get a vote from me.

    May 13, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I doubt he'll run right now. He's still young enough to put it off, make some money and then try again later. I think Huck's biggest problem is he's just to darn nice. I have a hard time seeing him taking on all the vile leftists out there. He'd likely get it in the back as he tried to hug one of them.

    May 13, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    maybe he's going to finally admit that when he talked about President Obama being raised in Kenya that he didn't really mis-speak as he claims but the he really thought it was true.

    May 13, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Larry

    The history lessons will only go back 5,000 years, since the evangelicals believe that's when the earth was created.

    May 13, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Tiffany

    sorry Huck....don't waste your money on this.

    May 13, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. ConservaFASCISTS

    I don't watch Fox News, so I guess I'll miss out on his announcement. Huckabee supposedly is a minister yet he works for a news network that spews lies and hate. He must be luciferean.

    May 13, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Shane Botwin

    I hope he uses his "I'm the best Christian" campaign again. And I hope he gets the same results again.

    I'm sure Ringling Brothers would love this slate of candidates to join their cause.

    May 13, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Jack in Florida

    The talent from the republican party is overwhelming!!!! Is this his second or third try at becoming the nominee?? Yawn!!

    May 13, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Miriam

    Ya! I love Huckabee!

    May 13, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. palintwit

    Shezzzammm Aunt Bea !!!

    May 13, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Jilli

    When is the clown show going to end and the serious candidates get into the race? The crack-pots and also-rans they're propping up are a joke. It's insulting that this is the best they can do? It's an indication of the lack of seriousness toward governance in the republican party.

    May 13, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Mike Huckabee is a liar. Nothing will ever change or excuse that.

    He lied in 2011 when he attepted to clean up his assertion that President Obama grew up in Kenya. He claimed that he simply said Kenya when he meant Indonesia. Huckabee called it a "mis-statement" as though he simply got confused.

    The only problem with this simple-minded explaination is that in his original diatribe against the president, Mike Huckabee went on to cite " the Mau Mau Revolution" as part of his proof that the President was raised with hostility against Anglo-interests. If Huckabee meant Indonesian, he'd have never mentioned "Mau Mau" which occured in Kenya. Huckabee clearly meant to mislead – that is LIE.

    May 13, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. FM

    First impression always matters a lot and nobody gets a second chance. Huckabee should have gathered strength and be firm and say he is going to announce his candidacy. It is not I have to announce or not. If you have nothing to announce, then keep your mouth shut. This did not impress me at all even if he will say he is ready to run!

    May 13, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. C. Howe Yulikit

    He probably won't run because he knows he definitely won't win.

    May 13, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Big John

    All the dwarfs have abandoned their Snow White Palin.

    May 13, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Politicians are Angels and Teachers are now Devils according to the gospel of GOP Tea Party

    Huckabee is playing the double tap dance like Pakistan...trying to keep his gig @ faux news and living his new-found lavish life style while making his bait & switch for a presidential run to keep those tax dollars flowing in!!!

    Put up or shut up Huck!!!!....it's time to MAN UP!

    May 13, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Bob

    I'm your Huckleberry!

    May 13, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    I hope he doesn't run. That is one less right wing clown we need to worry about.

    May 13, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. ST

    These guys are scared to death. They can not even remove the rat from the hole, leave alone to get rid of bin Laden. I do not like such a person to be my President. What kind of announcement is this one. If one is confident in himself he stands up firmly and say he is ready to announce is candidacy!

    May 13, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Doesn't matter

    Before everyone takes time to blast him, this is a good guy. I can't say I know him personally, but we have crossed paths a few times and have some mutual family friends. I hope his character shows to everyone through his politics. I'm not sure of his chance of winning, but it would be a great move for America. With all of that said, liberals and atheists may now commence to bashing the hell out of my comment. On your mark... get set... go.

    May 13, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Clyde

    The GOP field is shaping up to be a "how many clowns can you fit in a VW Beetle" kind of group!

    May 13, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    How long will it be until the GOP submits a bill before Congress to amend the Constitution to allow Rupert Murdock to run for POTUS? Would that be a surprise to anyone?

    May 13, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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