Report: Huckabee mulling presidential run
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has joined an increasingly long line of Republican politicians reportedly considering a presidential campaign.
Huckabee has been approached by conservative and GOP activists and has said he is mulling a White House run, Reuters reports. “He is entertaining the request for conversations about it,” a source told the news service. “I do not think it is a complete 100 percent ‘I’m reconsidering’ but he hasn’t shut the door on it.” (RELATED: Earlier primaries could hurt presidential latecomers)
Rumors circulated earlier this week that Huckabee, a popular figure among conservative evangelicals and the winner of the 2008 Iowa Caucus, might soon endorse former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the nomination.
Romney is set to appear on Huckabee’s Fox News program this weekend. Although the two traded numerous barbs in 2008, Huckabee has attacked Romney’s main rival for the nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry, numerous times since Perry announced he was running earlier this summer. Huckabee’s dislike for Perry is said to stem from the latter’s endorsement of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 2008.
Aides to Huckabee were not immediately available for comment.
UPDATE: A HuckPAC official tells The Hill that Huckabee “is still content with his decision to stay out of the race.”
UPDATE 2: “It’s news to me that I’m sitting down and plotting my comeback,” Huckabee tells Fox News.