November 30th, 2009
09:31 AM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee unsure about another presidential bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will PWN Huckabee and is a superior candidate for she is truly the Chosen One.

    November 29, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. voter

    might as well have a precher running aganist the crazies. I guess he might be praying for them.

    November 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. no - I mean yes

    The more people like Huckabee and Palin talk about running for president and keep alienating the American public – the more we see that the GOP is a divisive, radical minority that represents far right conservatives who care only for power (and the power of their lobbyist).

    So go ahead and run for pres – it's the best thing you can to to define how wacko the GOP really is.

    November 29, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Indy

    I think he may have Hucked up one too many times. He is likable but the Republicans have no one within sight that could seriously make a successful run for the Whitehouse. I am not sure why many people think Romney would have the entire worlds economic problems solved by now if he was President. It amazes me that people have no understanding of the world of economics and think Obama or anyone in the world could have the US economy back on track within his first year. Do these people not know what is going on in the rest of the world, and realize that we have a global problem and will not be fixed for at least four more years. As long as idiots like Sarah Palin run around spewing hatre, divide and lies the rest of the world is not going to have confidence in investing in American companies. If the republicans on the far right continue to send out their hate filled agenda with people like Palin, Beck, Limbaugh then they take away the possibility of a serious contender. To the rest of the world the far right is just what the Doctor ordered to keep the trust and econimical faith very low and that never helps any country rebound from recessions.

    November 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Michael

    For you people who don't live in Arkansas... He is a hypocrite...He always preached education: kids need to go to college.... then he turned around and cut education money for kids to go to college....It was always funny that Huckabee always said Arkansas didn't have any money, but when he was out of office we had a billion dollar surplus 8 months later when the new governor went into office...makes you wonder where the money went....The only thing he did that I like was the no smoking in restaurants ....Also when he went out of office he destroyed all the hard drives in all the computers in the governor's office... seems like he was hiding something....He also spent millions of dollars trying to drop the obesity rate in kids at school... with all that money spent it only dropped 0.01%.... what a waste of money... I don't care that he lost all that weight you can't force people to lose weight... the kids would just eat when they went home....

    November 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. c tillery

    "We've had enough so-called Christians ruining this country under Bush."

    Larry, I dont know if you know this or not, but the last time I checked, B.O. was a christian.

    November 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. David

    As a lifelong Republican, I say don’t do it Mr. Huckabee. You and other political extremist like you have damaged the Republican Party irreparably. Do what is best for your country, not what is best for you and your ideals. Keep American sovereign and free from political and religious persecution.

    November 29, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Michele

    Huckabee's unsure because he can't draw the drooling crowds that Sarah has recently. Neither of them will be a factor in the 2012 race, By 2011, she will be gone, and he won't want to raise the funds necessary to run another unsuccessful campaign. It will be a new face, with fresh ideas, and hopefully, someone who doesn't think that TAXES and helping people survive are anti- American ideals.
    On the Dem side, I think that if Obama can right the economy, begin to end the wars, and finally and forever close Gitmo, he will be happy to step away for Clinton. And she will be formidable with Sec. State cred under her belt.

    November 29, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Just Me

    The GOP is functionally dead when it comes to potential presidential candidates for 2012. Lets look at the list of candidates shall we, and ask ourselves, can any of these people garner 270 electoral votes? And the answer will be a resounding NO! So here is the list.

    Leading the Pack, is the pitpull in lipstick of course:

    1. Sarah Palin
    2. Mike Huckabee
    3. Newt Gingringh
    4. Lou Dobbs
    5. Rudolph Guialana (sp) (thrown in for good measure since there is never an open office that he can ignore as he is addicted to politics)

    Who else? Somebody help me..I know I'm missing someone.... But nevertheless, you look at that list and tell me, do you see any winners on that list?

    November 29, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. jim

    the presidential election is not for some few years. we don't need to think about this yet.

    November 29, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. case

    As an Independent, Huckabee is a lot more attractive than Romney for the GOP.

    November 29, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. CTSadler

    He might run if just for the fact that he'll have an au pair chef.

    November 29, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. bob in LA

    I don't agree with his views, but Huckabee has a rational way of speaking.

    November 29, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Don't want him........

    Sarah Palin/Liz Cheney 2012'........................

    Time to give the women a chance........

    November 29, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. Jason

    Huckabee would have definitely had been a better choice than Obama.

    I don't understand how Romney didn't get further, he was my vote during the primaries. The guy is a financial genius...shouldn't this have been a more important criterion to Americans during a time of economic crisis than electing a guy because he's "hip or cool" ? And if that isn't enough for the Dem's he's a good speaker too, probably better than Obama.

    Romney/Palin 2012!

    November 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Jonathan

    To all of the "Obama's gonna lose in 2012 because he's running the country/ economy in to the ground" morons:

    Remember '04? Was the economic collapse at the end of the decade really a shock to you dummies? Anyone should have been able to see that Bush was running the country into the ground- yet he still won the election because of the Republican nonsense that John Kerry was a coward in Vietnam. At least Kerry went.

    So, if you are of the of the opinion that it is a DEMOCRAT "ruining" our economy, you must have the 2012 election amulet amulet that Kevin was talking about.

    November 29, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Jason


    I appreciate the honesty 🙂 If Bush ran again I'd vote for him. At least he doesn't subserviently bow to foreign leaders and get bullied around by countries like Iran.

    He can also MAKE DECISIONS and never took cried when people criticized him, like Obama.

    How about Jeb Bush 2012???
    Under the Bush name our country will always be safe.

    November 29, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    No no. Nominate failin Sarah Palin. She left hundreds of her sheep with no signed books in IN and the boogeyman media let her go without a peep. CNN missed the story. Of course, letting her hang herself by talking is sexist and picking on her and her family according to her dullard wingnut zombies .

    November 29, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Nate

    I just spent too much time reading these hateful posts. I don't mind that (both sides of this argument) sharpen rhetoric in the other's face and make nasty comments. continue! this is america.

    but please: it's PRESIDENT obama.

    November 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Steve in Kentucky

    Oh, Mike. Maybe you're right. Maybe it's a bad idea to run. Then the way will be clear for Sara Palin to take the nomination.

    November 29, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Huckabee must have read the Republican National Committee resolutions for acceptable candidates and realized he isn't conservative enough to receive the blessings of the party or Tea Party members.

    November 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. Joyce Becker

    OK Mr. Huckabee, you had your chance and you didn't do too good, I guess the country doesn't need any Right Wing Christians running this country.

    November 29, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. thersa

    He seems like a nice guy but is also one of the main drivers behind supplanting the constitution with a theocratic government. Beware!

    November 29, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. unsure he says....

    The country is already riding the unsure...we don't need more of the same....Retire HUCKABEE.....The country need a sure and strong women....Sarah Palin comes to mind...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Diane

    Huckabee is for the death penalty and pro-concealed gun, but pro-life. He was for Bush's war-without-reason in Iraq but he's pro-life. Someone should tell him that wars kill people, even fetuses. Someone also should ask him if he thinks people were riding around on dinosaurs.

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