Huckabee: Obama will be tough to beat
February 21st, 2011
10:50 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee: Obama will be tough to beat

Washington (CNN) - Despite finding himself on top of several recent presidential polls, Mike Huckabee continues to appear tepid about mounting a second bid for the White House.

In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America Monday, Huckabee said the process of running is "grueling" and cautioned that President Obama will be extremely difficult for any Republican to unseat.

"It is a very grueling process," said Huckabee, who ran in 2008. "I think the fact that I've done it before gives me both a sense of gravity toward the process, but it also gives me an understanding that it's not always smart to be the first guy out of the corral and out there in the arena riding around on your pony by yourself."

Huckabee added the odds will likely be stacked high against whichever Republican wins the presidential nomination.

"You don't beat presidents easily," he said. "And this idea that he's just an absolute one-term and easy to beat - this race is going to be like climbing a ladder, pointing toward you, because Barack Obama is going to start this race with a billion dollars, he's going to have no primary opponent."

"The Republicans are going to have a crowded field, all elbowing their way under the basket for the layup, and it's not going to be a layup," he continued. "It's going to be a tough shot? So, I am thinking very carefully."

Huckabee repeated the timetable for a decision he has given in previous interviews, saying he will make a decision by the summer. Though that seems late by modern standard, the former Arkansas governor noted Bill Clinton didn't announce he was running for president until three months before the first round of caucuses and primaries.

Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Phillip Bunnell

    Huck is right, Obama will be almost impossible for any Republican to beat. Notwithstanding how many people disapprove of Obama (including myself) we're not about to turn the country entirely over to the Republicans. That would be inviting a disaster much worse than the one we're going through now. It is never a good idea to let one party have absolute control.

    February 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. diridi

    while he tells the truth, I am voting for Obama in 2012. Enough of these GOP thugs, Tea Party junk, Florida old idiots and junk of Florida, Iowa, and Ohio....we have another 47 for Obama....o.k...Rule of thumb is "Never vote for another GOP junk idiots". God bless you, and Obama and the USA!!!!!!!!

    February 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Inmyopinion

    It is hard to beat President Obama in 2012 because people at this moment don't care that Obama is borrowing from China non-stop as long as they get what they want and it will be up to future generations to either pay off the loans or declare the country bankrupt, unable to pay back to China and China will own the USA. Wisconsin's government employee workers and the Unions are a perfect example of the people that will vote for Obama come 2012, they don't want to pay a little bit towards their pensions, healthcare as do employees in the private sector, which is why these people won't go to work in the private sector. They want the state to give it to them even though the state doesn't have the money or they will keep the schools and cities shut down, they have the upper hand, power and they are exercising it forcing the state to borrow money to give them and the Unions what they want.

    February 21, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. gar

    Huckabee is a right wing idealogue, but he is not stupid.

    February 21, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. ST

    Huckabee is quite right. There is no difference this coming election and the one in 2008. GOP didn't make it that time and will not be able in 2012 either. They should not think that Nov. 2010 is the same as the General election. The full battalion (young voters) are waiting and they will vote millions and millions as they did 2008!

    February 21, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. fayse

    to inmyopinion, Do you actually not know that GW Bush borrowed Billions each month from China to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? This is part of what created the horrible deficit problem.

    February 21, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Lindsey Brutus

    If anybody can beat Obama it is Huck.. I will support Huck if he runs. Huckabee would be a big improvement over Obama in many ways. It is funny that so many people on this post are scared of him because he is a religious man. Why? I believe that character is everything and while Obama is not bad in that category, he can't match Huck. Neither can most of the rest of the GOP field with the likes of Guliani, Trump, Gingrich etc. While it would be an uphill climb for Huck to beat Obama, Huck will overcome him in the debates where Huck is at his finest. As long as Obama polls under 50% before the debates, Huck will win because he will scorch Obama in the debate and win over all the undecideds!

    February 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. LouAz

    Mike, please go back to your church pulpit and stay there.

    February 21, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. I can see mexico from my house

    to inmyopinion, do you also know and remember(lest we forget) that it was GW Bush that started the Bail Out.

    February 21, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
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