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. greg in jax

    hmmm.. to spend money in a failed attempt running for president or to make money slamming the president on his own show on fox... hmmm.. what will the Republican do?

    February 21, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. David

    At least he is honest for once

    February 21, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Indy

    Sometimes Huck is the most refreshing voice in the Rebublicn Party.It is good to get off the Clown list of candidates and hear someone talk some truth about the over crowded list of so called Republican candidates.At least Huckabee does not think that mounting a serious bid against Obama is a joke by insulting our intellegence like Palin, Trump,Newt,Santorium,Bachmann and Pawlenty do on a daily basis.It is time for Republicans to pay some respect to Americans and treat the highest job in the land with respect and quit mocking everyones intellegence with all the clowns that think they can be POTUS.

    February 21, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. ConservaFascists

    Why don't the rest of those idiots in your party get the point as well? President Obama will be a 2 term president. None of you offer anything new. I'm terrified to see a republican president. Lord help us all if one of them is elected. Fascism will rule and a New World Order will take place. They've already begun destroying the middle class.

    February 21, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. cf

    Conceding that he will be "tough to beat" is sure a stark turn from the "America has woken up and will unanimously vote evil socialist Liberals out of office" nonsense these idiots have been spouting.

    February 21, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. fred

    And Huckabee is the guy with the best chance at making that shot. He'd be such a good debater when he can come up with analogies like this on the spot. He makes politics simpler.

    February 21, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. roger

    they know that obama will be hard to beat......cause people knows he is doing a good job ..he is a hard working president with brain....he will get his second term for sure.....the world loves him

    February 21, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    How do the republicans think they can beat the president when all that comes out of their mouth are hate and lies.

    February 21, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Gaylon Barrow

    Runs Huckabee. Do nything to get the cancer out of the White House.

    February 21, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. LovesIrony

    Remember folks, this is the man that believes abortion to be the country's number 1 priority. Number 1!

    February 21, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Cardog

    Not to say that President Obama can not be challenged in 2012, Huckabee is correct when he says the President will be tough to beat. That is not, in my opinion, because Barak H. Obama is doing or has done such a great job in all areas. The problem with the Republicans is those that appear to be on the list to run are a bunch of previous losers or out and out hypocrites.

    If America can get anything right for a change (no pun intended) we will look closely at what the Republicans are doing right now in the House of Representatives as a measuring tape where these people actually want to take our country..
    Being return to the majority in the House the Republicans, in my opinion, have got it all wrong. They truly believe that the nation is behind them in their attempt to destroy the National Health Care Law and over turning Roe V Wade. I could be wrong, but it appears, although I would never vote for any Republican, the people of this nation wanted them to focus on JOBS, do you hear Republican party, JOBS?

    February 21, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. eanmd

    I am a registered Dem. There are equal amount of things I like and do not like about Huckabee. He is right. Obama will be re-elected. I will for dam sure not be voting for any Republican for the rest of this decade.

    February 21, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Monster Zero

    I disagree, as the results of Obama's failed policies, lack of leadership, and down right anti-Capitalistic views are becoming more and more apparent the 2012 election will be like a mountain collapsing on Obama and his progressive Socialists. Even voter fraud won't save him this time...and Huckabuck, it won't be you!

    February 21, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Darth Vadik, CA

    Tough to beat?
    Well yes he would, seeing that not even the Clintons could do it, but as far as a group of idiotic Republican candidates is concerned, it will be a cake walk, but Obama would never treat it as such, so get ready for another broken nose've just spent your last desparate bite a few months ago (and it worked), but now it is time to put the dog out of it's misery...

    February 21, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. sonny chapman

    Put a real person as the Republican candidate instead of a generic non-entity, and suddenly voters see warts.

    February 21, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh Ad Hoc, err, Huckie, Obama IS going to be hard to beat: and that's your Party's BEST case scenario: a really tough fight ending in a total loss for your guys. Yet you got the reasons all wrong. President Obama is not coming in with a billion dollars worth of legal tender to steamroll over you guys. He is coming in with a billion dollars worth of EFFORT, INTEGRITY, HARD-WORK, and unmatchable WORK-ETHIC. Add that to his intelligence, charisma, willingness to look out for the middle class that your Party has crapped on over, over and over again, and yepper, you're right. Tough to beat.

    Now, let's discuss the cast of misfits, and societal rejects that you have running against him.......

    February 21, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. al in memphis

    A president gets about 100 days in office before the next campaign cycle gets going. After that, the next wantabee is into full critic mode just to keep attention on themselves. Here a thought, do something constructive instead of fundraising for buddies so you can build up a political network to get you elected. We spend more time talking about changes in leadership than we do getting leadership to get results.

    When politics become something other than power and money, the people will then have a choice. Until then, it all about what your special interest corporations (ie, Koch Bros) want to see happen in this country.

    February 21, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Dub

    Huckabee is basically saying if anyone can meet Obama's ability to deceive and obfuscate absolute truth they might be able to win. Unfortunately running against Obama is hard since he constantly circumvents his own set of principles in order to get elected.

    February 21, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Karl Rove and Grover Norquist (with funding by the Koch Bros) are the decision-makers when it comes to who will be anointed the GOP presidential nominee. In the meantime, they don't mind all these starry-eyed yahoos running around, stirring up their respective "bases."

    The real reason President Obama will be hard to beat? Because he actually DOES something FOR the American people – unlike all these Republicans who just run around mouthing the same, tired talking points, spreading fear, hatred, division and lies, all the while offering NOTHING for our country (other than economic, military and foreign policies that are PROVEN FAILURES).

    Remember, Dems, there are more registered Democrats that Republicans in this country. In 2012 GET OUT AND VOTE!

    February 21, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Name king

    Hickabee is right, that means Obama better brace himself for the bunch of topics the repugs, tea baggers and rich, about to dig up and blame him for. Although these topics never came to the top during all these other presidents reigns, and if it did they just squash them. Illegal immigration, and the Muslim invasion of America comes to mind, just some of the onslaught repugs use to toppled all those dems in the last election. I wonder what they will go back into the history books and dig up, and blame it all on Obama this time, heck the people seems to buy it all the time.

    February 21, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Huckabee is dangerous to our country in that he wants to establish a Christian theocracy. The First Amendment of the US Constitution explicitly guarantees religious freedom by stating "government shall establish no religion."

    This freedom, along with freedom of speech, assembly and press, are the cornerstones of our democracy. If Huckabee wants to rule a group of people based on his theology, he should return to the pulpit and lead a church.

    February 21, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  22. I can see mexico from my house

    The"Huckster" sure isn't going to beat him........the more the republicans slam Obama the more I know I will vote for him agin. I think the republican hate is going to backfire on them.

    February 21, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. grich

    Huckabee believes the Earth was formed 6000 years ago and man lived with dinosaurs. I doubt he could beat anyone and he only wins elections where the people are stupid.

    February 21, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Tx Democrat

    The Huckster got that right!.

    February 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. james Miller

    He will be the only one to keep these "slash and burn" Repubs from overkilling what`s left of the middle class. ---– Obviously, raising taxes on the top 2% of the wage earners and congressional cuts ( wages & perks, also ) should be equally considered. - The TEA Partiers have been desparately trying to postpone the inevitable tax hikes many can well afford. Everyone

    February 21, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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