Huckabee in no rush to jump in
February 28th, 2011
10:22 AM ET
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Huckabee in no rush to jump in

(CNN) - Even though Mike Huckabee Monday spends a second straight day in the state that traditionally kicks off the presidential primary and caucus calendar, the former White House hopeful doesn't appear to be in any rush to decide on making another bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

"The candidate who goes out too early is going to have to stay on his feet an awful long time. It's the difference between a boxer going 15 rounds and going eight," the former Arkansas governor told reporters Sunday in Davenport, Iowa, according to the Quad City Times. "If you can condense it down to eight, you might have the juice to stay in it. If you have to go 15, you'd better have enough behind you to last that long."

Huckabee won Iowa's 2008 GOP caucus, and the current visit to Iowa is raising speculation about whether he'll take the plunge again, but he says he won't make any decision until the summer - later than most of the other potential Republican candidates. Several of those possible White House hopefuls have visited Iowa in recent months, meeting with Republican insiders and officials and conservative activists.

But Huckabee's two-day stay in the Hawkeye state is all about selling books. His book tour for "A Simple Government" is bringing him to six cities in Iowa. Sunday he signed books in Waterloo, Davenport and Dubuque. Monday he's in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and West Des Moines.

But Huckabee says the lack of meetings shouldn't be seen as a sign that he's not going to make a White House bid in 2012.

"I'm talking to some folks. It may not be as obvious," Huckabee told reporters.

Huckabee says his gigs as a nationally syndicated radio show host and his weekend cable television program on the Fox News Channel, as well as his current book tour, restrict the amount of time he can spend on political activity.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Huckabee has more common sense and honesty than any other politician today.

    February 28, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    The more Huckabee is out there, the more people realize how he lacks a fundamental understanding of the cornerstone concept of freedom of religion as explicitly expressed in the First Amendment to the US Constitution: "the government shall establish no religion."

    He also believes the world was created 6,000 years ago and humans lived with dinosaurs. We live in a technological and scientific age; his lack of acceptance of basic scientific fact would do great harm to our nation if he were ever to hold high office.

    He best just go back to his pulpit in Arkansas/Florida/whatever state he claims to be from.

    February 28, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. lynn

    Huckabee better remember what he did to Arkansas while Gov. If he decides to run for the White House, all his dirty little secrets, such as making AR a serious santuary state, will be put out there for all to see.

    February 28, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Hey Mike, if you don't have the financial backing to run, you should demand a higher salary from Rupert so you can afford to run. Otherwise stay home and keep your mouth shut.

    February 28, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    Hey Huck; If you're low on juice, don't even consider trying to run the USA.

    February 28, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    How many times is CNN going to print that Huck-A-Bye is not ready to “jump in” the presidential race?????????????? NO ONE is ready to "jump in" at all because they know they "cannot" beat President Obama in 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Period!! Also, the MAIN reason why those FOX NEWS EMPLOYEES do not want to “jump in” is because they would have to give up their job; they’re using FOX to campaign!!!

    In my opinion, the RIGHT should pick either ginGRINCH, Bachmann, Palin, Barbour, Santorum, etc. to run so that they can “PRACTICE" for the year 2016. That would not work either because then they will be up against Hillary Clinton in 2016!!! LMAO

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MAF to WTF!!!!! Yes We Can!!

    February 28, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Margie

    Of course he isn't look at all the free air time Fox is giving him. If he announced as running he would have to resign from Fox, just like Palin, Romney, Newt and all the rest would.

    February 28, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It makes some level of sense. He stated that he has some money to persue a presidential campaign, but the funds aren't unlimited. If he does try for the nomination, is there any expected support for him?

    February 28, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Eric

    Why would he be in a rush to run? The day he announces a run is the day he has to quit FNC, literally, it's the law. As it's likely the ex-governor's largest source of income, ever. Palin and many of the rest are in the same boat, even to the same organization.

    February 28, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Equality 4 all

    He's the pick of fox news. He's running right now, everyday. His air time is incredible. He doesn't have to do anything but express his opinion all day everyday.

    February 28, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    He can't afford to run again.

    February 28, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Gaylon Barrow

    You need to jump in Huckabee for you will landslide the dumb one. It seem that the onslaught of Obama's followers and the Liberal media such as CNN, ABC, MSNBC have done their job well on Sarah Palin if you can believe what these media stations are willing to put out. They have attacked her from day one. She is not as low in the Polls as they would like to make it appear. Liars are they? I don't know. But surely are suspect in their places they pick to Poll. You can not get a true reading when you do nothing but poll brainless Liberals.

    February 28, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. BeverlyNC

    Why rush to junp into a race he can't win and waste all those FOX dollars being paid to tell lies, spead hate, and make up absurd consiracy theories? Huckabee is never going to win anything – NO Republican candidate stands a chance against Obama and if the Republicans keep destroyin the middle class with things like their moronic job killing budget, People-hating and corporate-loving agenda, and offering not one solution for any jobs – they can ALL kiiss their gravy-train high Congressional salaries, healthcare, and pensions goodbye. They do nothing but lie to the PEOPLE and work against us all to suck up to the Koch brothers/corporations and the wealthy while the rest of America is suffering and going bankrupt. Republicans are doing NOTHING for this country and Corporations whining about America not being "business-friendly" are nuts. They already pay no taxes, get special treatment by Republicans and the Republicans are trying even harder to kill the EPA and all other regulations on them that protect the public from their unhealthy and unsafe practices. Corporations are UNPATRIOTIC and they are the ones not "friendly" to their own country, our welfare, and our workers. They are all rolling in cash yet are not hiring workers, not staying on American soil to do business, not paying any taxes and STILL WHINING. Typical Republican behavior – ME, ME, ME attitude.

    February 28, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Ancient Texan

    BeverlyNC- Corporations pay the second highest tax rate in the world. Corporations and small businesses take the risk, spend the money and provide the jobs. Koch Brothers are worse than George Soros and his puppet Obama in looking out for America's well being? I don't think so.

    February 28, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |