April 15th, 2010
08:32 AM ET
13 years ago

Huckabee explains decision to become Florida resident

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/15/art.huckabee.0809.gi.jpg caption ="Mike Huckabee has switched his official residence to Florida."](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.

Filed under: Florida • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone who wants to be elected that badly, to fake his residence, should not be given any serious consideration, by voters.

    April 15, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Steve C.

    Heck, this is probably more about income tax more than anything else.

    No personal income tax in Florida.

    April 15, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Steve in Denver

    Way to go, Huck! Release prisoners in Arkansas, then run to Florida.

    You're in good company. There's lots of dirtbags in Florida. Michael Milken, OJ, ...

    April 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. Brink

    I thought it was so he could get away from the felons that he pardoned as Governor.

    April 15, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. MileHighinColorado

    Residency in FL = No State Income Taxes

    Now that he is making millions, he wants to leave his residency in Arkansas so that he doesn't have to pay state taxes. While understandable, it's typical hypocritical Republican for you.

    April 15, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Dean

    Go Ahead and run you will be slapped down like the last time around.

    April 15, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Dean

    Political implications? I wonder if anyone would pick Arkansas over Florida.

    April 15, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. FM

    "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.
    Mr. Huckabee has god told your Party that they are going to take the house come Nov. This is what we are hearing everyday from your fellow GOP leaders!

    April 15, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Marie MD

    that's because "the Lord knows" you are going nowhere fast.
    Is he mocking robertson who speaks to the devil? What an idiot!
    He is probably moving to Florida becuase his money goes farther with no state tax.

    April 15, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Josh B

    more likely that this is a tax issue. Florida = no state income tax. Arkansas has one.

    April 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Brian

    LOL. While I hate the guy's politics, I have to say I love his sense of humor. He's just a funny guy. He needs to stay far, far away from serious political opinions though because he's both wrong and bad at it.

    April 15, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. mike

    oh look another sarah palin in the making lets do a talk show then
    we will charge some huge fees to appear at some rallies so we can
    convince these uneducated voters that we are on there side then
    we can take some bias polls to tell the rest of the country that the
    tea party is on the rise if that was the case how come Scott Brown
    didn't even show at the tea party in his own town

    April 15, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. frank in valparaiso indiana

    No. State. Income. Tax.

    Same reason all those GOP swine came to Texas in the 70s and 80s and ruined that state. you deserve him.

    April 15, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "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."

    This is one of the things that scare me about people like Huckabee: They seem to think it's reasonable to hear things from an invisible, allegedly omniscient and omnipotent, entity.

    The distinction between hearing "the voice of god" and clinical schizophrenia–"a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality, most commonly manifested as auditory hallucinations"–escapes me. Do we really need functional schizophrenics making decisions for the country?

    April 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. RJ

    He is running. He think it is better to be in Florida than to be in Arkansas. The change of location may help him, not really.

    April 15, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Dieter Zerressen

    The Lord doesn't give a diddly about Mike Huckabee running for president. Don't you get tired of the Lord talking to these right wing wing nuts while hundreds of thousands die in earthquakes? If the Lord were speaking to anyone it would be those people, telling them to get out of the house. If He isn't telling them to run for their lives, surely he's not conversing with Mike about his future. This is dumb.

    April 15, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. carlos

    and the huckster said, "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. Another hypocrite, THE LORD, THE LORD, I wish they would leave HIM alone.........HE does not want any part of THEM

    does this guy have a job? or is he milking his congregation........whatever, a repulsive, always a repulsive

    April 15, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. shucks

    A little further south would actually be better. The vitriole and hate coming from his mouth is still as unnerving as before. How can you equate the love of two people who happen to be of the same sex to incest and beastiality. This man is evil in the name of "god". Who says Antichrist better than Huckabee?

    April 15, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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