Huckabee ready to test his message
February 21st, 2011
03:53 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee ready to test his message

Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he's using his upcoming book tour to gauge if his message resonates with voters before making a decision on whether or not to make a run for the White House in 2012.

"A Simple Government" hits book shelves Tuesday and describes his philosophy for the national debt, national security, international relations and family values. On a conference call with reporters Monday, he said his 41-city tour will also help him decide if "there is both financial and organizational support that warrants walking away from what I'm doing and getting back into the fray again."

Huckabee, who lost the GOP nomination in 2008 currently hosts a show on Fox News and anchors a radio program. Although he said he enjoyed campaigning in the last election, he did not enjoy the mechanics of running a national operation.

"I love to campaign, it's one of the things that I have enjoyed the most. That is the part that's most appealing to me about getting back in is that I truly enjoy the day-to-day rhythm of a campaign, as insane as that may sound to most people who aren't inflicted with this disease," Huckabee said. "But you know the thought of sitting on a telephone in some office… and just cold calling people I don't know and begging them for money, that's not my forte."

The tour also lets him avoid the news cycle that he said allows "punditry to kind of set the schedule."

"It kind of gives me an opportunity to take that message to the people rather than to wait to be one of 12 people on a debate stage getting four minutes worth of questions," Huckabee said.

But he declined to throw his support behind someone else in the current 2012 field, saying a run for president isn't one where "you just look around and see who else is on the field."

He doled out positive words for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour who are both weighing presidential bids, but ultimately said "I'm not going to make a decision based on who else is in or who's not in."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists

    I'll be looking for your book in the Fiction section Mike.

    February 21, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Liberal

    Here's the one republican I would vote for.

    February 21, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    If he is serious about running he can win in a landslide. There are over half of us Americans who will never wish for an Obama ran country ever again. BUT A HUCKABEE/ PALIN IS VERY APETIZING INDEED.

    February 21, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Squigman

    Your message has already been heard, and heard enough. The republicans, are dedicated to doing one thing, and one thing only, win elections, regardless of the amount of lies that have to be told to do so. Lie to the middle class and religous nuts to get their votes, then lie to the workers, convincing them that they are better off under republican rule, while doing everthing possible to pass laws that are designed to take away the rights of union members and the middle class as a whole. If there's a place in the here after for politicians, I'm sure hell will be filled to the brim with republicans.

    February 21, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    His message is the same..........religion, and religion only.

    February 21, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Whammybar

    His simple government would be simple. We would all go to the same kind of schools, his kind, read the same books, his choice, go to the same church, his church and make war against whomever he chooses. According to his own words last week abortion is the single most important issue facing us right now. ??????? We are at war and our economy is in recovery, hello Mike, hello?
    Please run, please, and choose Sarah or Michelle or Sharon as a running mate, please.

    February 21, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    National debt, he can’t sell it he doesn’t have plan
    Republicans’ national security policy result we have huge deficit
    Republicans’ International relations still in 1960s so forget about that
    He is good at family values only this won’t help him

    February 21, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "A Simple Government" ... describes his philosophy for ... family values.

    That's Huck's problem: "family values" are not the proper concern of the federal government, especially when, by "family values," what he really means is "fundamentalist Christian narrow-mindedness."

    February 21, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Sgt Schultz

    Let me guess...Huckabee advocates starting Culture Wars back-up to strip women and families of their rights. Then call for Corporate Taxes and taxes on the wealthiest Americans to be reduced to zero. That way we can get all the Republican fundamentalist Governors to get rid of Public Education, Unions and Pensions...and make all the middle-class workers pay more taxes instead.

    February 21, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. PalmReader

    "But you know the thought of sitting on a telephone in some office… and just cold calling people I don't know and begging them for money, that's not my forte."

    So, instead, I'll write a book, make millions, live in luxury, and pretend that I am running for President after which in two years I will once again write a book, make millions, live in luxury, and pretend that I am running for President (year after year) . . . if only because I consider myself as being just THAT important of a man to solve the problems in this world of ours.

    February 21, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Jilli

    By all means huck, be sure to include the religious symbols in the background, that worked so well for you the last time.

    He's another tired old republican also-ran that won't get out of the primaries.

    February 21, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. anagram_kid

    'A Simple Government'. That says it all. I guess his first agenda item upon becoming president will to be to either invent a time machine to take us back to the days of an agrarian economy or just to pass laws to move us back there by force. There is nothing simple about life in America in the 21st century and we need a leader with critical thinking skills to address our complex issues. Thanks goodness we already have one – Obama/Biden 2012.

    February 21, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. The Real One In NC

    Stay with fix news where you belong.

    February 21, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. donkey party

    To Gaylon Barrow :

    Your voting rights should be revoked.

    February 21, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |