Huckabee puts chances of a 2016 run at 50-50, wades into 'Duck Dynasty' controversy
December 22nd, 2013
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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. rosethornne

    Gross, NO!

    Hucksterbee needs to scurry away into the woodwork of time.

    December 22, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Alabama Joe

    What's his point in thinking about running? He's just wasting his time and other people's money. Maybe he's waiting for a miracle...that's his only chance.

    December 22, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. UriNation

    Those who could turn our country and society around are smart enough to stay out of politics.

    December 22, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Greg Clapton

    If you cannot WIN, why run? Huckabee, America has told you NO before so get over your ego and go away.

    December 22, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @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"

    Huckabee and the GOP and the tea bags want to establish a theocracy based on their version of Christianity. The sooner you accept this, the saner you'll be.

    December 22, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Bilbo

    Someone should let him know that no one cares...

    December 22, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. SFC Mike

    Yes Mike, please run again. The early GOP field needs to have as many unelectable marginal candidates as possible.

    December 22, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Nsel

    Time for him and Palin to go away. Both are losers and out of touch with reality. If he was ever serious he would have never aligned himself with FOX or any network. All we need is Rupert Murdock controlling more than he already does

    December 22, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |

    The Republicans have a clown car even larger and more spacious than in 2012 so jump back in Huckster; maybe Cruz and Gohmert will join you and Perry, Santorum, Cain, Walker, Palin, etc.

    December 22, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. ed dugan

    Elect a born-again baptist and you might as well elect Adolph Hitler.I can't imagine those peoiple having any more say about running the government. They are evil people with an evil agenda.

    December 22, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. magicpanties

    "...more appropriate for the duck woods..."

    Yes, Christian hate and bigotry is fine, as long it's said privately, eh Huck?

    December 22, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. JohnParry

    He's lying. He won't give up his talk TV show money-making machine.

    December 22, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. mike scott

    Dude, nobody cares!

    December 22, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. tbone

    Huckabee.. as interesting as mayonaise

    December 22, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Qalawun

    his chances are about 0

    December 22, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Huckabee's Pardoned Murderers

    As governor Huckabee pardoned dozens of convicted murderers because they pretended to become born again christians while in prison. Many of them went on to rape and murder again. This is the kind of judgment you could expect Huckabee to exercise as POTUS.

    December 22, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Frantz Desir Jr

    100% chance he'll lose.

    December 22, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. dwayne

    Hope he runs. He can't win. He's a Republican before he's a Christian.

    December 22, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Quest

    Please do run, Huckabee, your ridiculous fool. Nobody exemplifies how pathetic Christianity is better than you. You make a perfect whipping post for X-tianity.

    December 22, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. jeff Santa Barbara

    "Send in the clowns... There ought to be clowns... Well maybe next year...." Sarah?... Sarah?... Sarah???

    December 22, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. John

    Let him run but he won't win!

    December 22, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. midwestmatt

    Mike, you're a hero to about 800,000 people. Otherwise, you're a fundamentalist preacher with a well deserved reputation as a right wing fanatic who has no place on the national political landscape. Run along, you lost BADLY the last time you ran.

    December 22, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. You say what

    Huckabee pointed to a "new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups,”

    I am confused, is he talking about the Tea Party?

    December 22, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Organic1

    Go for it Mike – the more the merrier.

    December 22, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. S as in Sensible

    I I hope Mike Huckabee runs for president as we need someone who truly cares about people and who has common sense. I think he would be well received by foreign leaders as well. The only ones who wouldn't want him in office would be the fools who voted in Obama

    December 22, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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