Huckabee to make 2012 announcement
May 13th, 2011
03:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee to make 2012 announcement

(CNN) - Current and former advisers to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee insist they do not know what he plans to announce Saturday on his Fox News show, fueling speculation he won't seek a second shot at the Republican nomination.

Signs have mounted for the last two years that Huckabee - while keen on staying in the political arena - has not been preparing to embark on a second national campaign.

He changed his residency to Florida, where he and his wife Janet built a home in Destin. Several former campaign aides took jobs with other prospective 2012 candidates like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, while his former campaign manager Chip Saltsman went to work for a member of Congress.

And just this week, Huckabee broke the news that he co-founded a company to teach history lessons to children, an unusual move for someone on the precipice of a national campaign.

Throughout all the tea leaf-reading, Huckabee's small band of advisers have maintained a delicate political balancing act, keeping the governor from dipping his toes too far into presidential waters lest he jeopardize his Fox News deal, while doing just enough to assure reporters that he is still seriously considering a bid.

Fox News told CNN the intended announcement will be live on his show Saturday night.

"Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid. He has not told anyone at FOX News Channel his decision," "Huckabee" executive producer Woody Fraser said in a statement.

- CNN's Peter Hamby and Steve Brusk contributed to this report

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Huckabee is no more than a snake oil sellsman, he's already said he needs money more than politics and the Lord.

    May 13, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Colorado Voter

    I don't think he will run which is a shame. Huckabee would have made the best President ever. Pawlenty is gonna be the Next Prez instead. Anything by the leftist regim we have now.

    May 13, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. conoclast

    Ya know, there are times when Huckabee can make a perfectly sensible argument-but then he'll turn around and become a crazy again! He does play pretty decent bass though; that's got to count for something.

    May 13, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    He'll just be pushing his propaganda cartoons so the loonies from the pitiful right-wing can finally get their children an education they approve of.

    Watch and see how the next generation of republicans talk and act. LIKE CARTOON CHARACTERS.

    May 13, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Bull

    I'm hoping his announcement is that he realizes the president's office simply isn't in the cards for him. Does he like to fish? Maybe he should go do that.

    May 13, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Jake

    i love how so many people were anti-Obama and his soaring preachy rhetoric, but many the same critics actually want to nominate a BAPTIST PASTOR (who loves the money so much more!)

    May 13, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. @CHERYL

    Cheryl = please learn to spell before launching a prediction of how may people will "loose" a job under Obama.

    pssst: The job numbers are actually up, but you won't acknowledge this because the current – and next term – president is a different color than yourself.

    May 13, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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