Huckabee puts chances of a 2016 run at 50-50, wades into 'Duck Dynasty' controversy
December 22nd, 2013
01:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee puts chances of a 2016 run at 50-50, wades into 'Duck Dynasty' controversy

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday there's about a 50-50 chance he'll run for president again in 2016.

The former Arkansas governor said he would make a final decision after next year's midterm elections.

"I would say maybe at this point it is 50-50. I don't know. I don't know that I can put a percentage on it," Huckabee said on "Fox News Sunday."

"It would be a decision of the heart," he said "I've tried to be honest in all my evaluations, not only back in 2011, but even now, so when people ask me, ’Are you open to the possibilities?’ the honest answer is yes."

The 2008 presidential candidate opted out of running this past presidential cycle but in recent interviews has left the door open to another bid for the White House.

In recent weeks, Huckabee has met with groups from the politically important early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina. He told the Washington Post that groups he hadn't received support from in the past are encouraging him to launch another campaign, though Sunday he denied intentionally planting ideas of a future presidential run.

Mulling 2016 bid, Huckabee meets Iowa and S.C. groups

Huckabee, a pastor, also weighed in on controversial comments by “Duck Dynasty” TV star Phil Robertson in an interview with GQ magazine about same-sex marriage, saying that homosexuality is as much of a sin as lust.

"I think it's come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view that is traditional, that holds to a steadfast, old-fashioned biblical, Christian values - which are also, by the way, values of traditional Judaism and even Islam - and somehow you're just supposed to shut up and keep that to yourself," he said, noting President Barack Obama's changed in position on the issue.

Huckabee pointed to a "new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups,” as reason for Robertson's suspension by A&E, referring to groups like the Human Rights Campaign, which urged the network to suspend the star.

But Huckabee conceded that Robertson's comments would have been "more appropriate for the duck woods than it would be for the pages of a major news magazine."

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey


    December 22, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Huck lies like the rest of the baggers, he is not fond of the poor, hates workers, and supports tax cuts for who least need it. Somebody said he may be white, so he may give Cruz a run for the Koch money.

    December 22, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Winston Smith

    The nuttier it gets out here the more the squirrels come out. Get this and take it to heart. You and your party want to tell everyone how to spell the name of the holiday, what's wrong with the rest of us being somewhat disenchanted with the way your I.Q. set speaks of innocent people. You're a bunch of hypocrites and I'll bet if there were a second coming, you'd be told so by the person that came. Creeps.

    December 22, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. John in Brooklyn

    It is sad that a so-called "man of God" would claim that those who hold Phil Robertson accountable for his own words are "bullies"...YET Mr. Huckabee himself would never be so "Christian" as to acknowledge the plank in his own eye when he has never apologized to victims of AIDS for declaring that they brought the disease on themselves and deserved to be quarantined.

    December 22, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. al thomas

    i i like mike huckabee. but let's leave religion at the pulpit.
    it has no place in politics. i don't need anyone telling me
    how i should deal with my god or my conscience

    December 22, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    These guys never win...

    December 22, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Other than Tea Partiers, social conservatives, and rel;igious right, what other demographic groups would Huckabee attract? Looks like the GOP is going to shut out women, moderates, independents, and minority voters again. Recycling candidates like Huckabee, Perry, and Santorum is not doing anything for the rebranding of the GOP national brand.

    December 22, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. wut

    "somehow you're just supposed to shut up and keep that to yourself"

    someone just lost the 2016 primary

    December 22, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. kahnkeller

    dear huck... please... for the Taliban wing of the republican party... why...we are so committed to your candidacy ... that we will help you do fund raising.... best wishes...the democratic national committee

    December 22, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. rs

    Huckabee should run, he needs to run. He is the perfect embodiment of all that is wrong with the GOP: a Fundamentalist, who hates the poor; believes that "good ol' time" religion is a perfect vehicle for enshrining bigotry and hatred in America- and as a tool to keep from offering equal rights to all.
    A sad, sad commentary on a once great party.

    December 22, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. skeeter

    Please America. No more inbred politicians from either party anymore. Please!

    December 22, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Mr. Bobo

    Mike, Please don't!

    December 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. observer99

    Don't get your hopes up HUCKSTER!

    December 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. abbydelabbey

    He's probably waiting to see how people respond to his comments to ascertain if it is worth the effort to rake in all those donations. It's about the money.

    December 22, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. RandyF

    Oh combine the two biggest scam artist careers preacher and a politicians . He is certainly a career beggar for cash.

    December 22, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Tea Party Patriot

    Give 'em hell Mike!

    December 22, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. weRstarstuff

    Mike Huckabee said Sunday there's about a 50-50 chance he'll run for president again in 2016........Knowing he has a 99-1 chance of winning .....

    December 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. EK

    100-0 that I'll vote against this religious nut

    December 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Fed Up

    Run Governor.You have my vote.

    December 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Bob Ramos

    In order to run for President, you need millions in donations. Anybody that contributes to this far right wing radical tv commentator is wasting his/her money.

    December 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Mark P

    He's 50% sure he'll run, and I'm 100% sure he'll lose

    December 22, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. OhSure

    Way to commit, Mike.

    December 22, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Cynthia Avishegnath

    Just go home, and not further splitting the already fractured Republican vote.

    December 22, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. James

    This man messed up our State as governor and we are still cleaning up the mess. We certainly don't need him doing this to the rest of the country!!

    December 22, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Aud

    Has the GOP learned nothing from past elections??

    December 22, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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