Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who said last month that he had reached the decision not to enter the 2012 race after intense prayer, says that doesn’t take him out of the veepstakes.
“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors. I found long ago that that’s not the smart thing to do,” Huckabee told reporters in Little Rock, after a speech at the Clinton Presidential Library.
Huckabee opted against a run for the GOP presidential nomination in mid-May, telling viewers of his Fox News show “My heart says no.”
Mike Huckabee has joined Donald Trump in the ranks of potential Republican presidential candidates who are suggesting their decisions to forgo 2012 presidential runs are not set in stone.…snip…
Huckabee said last month that he would forgo a presidential run, telling viewers of his Fox News program, “all the factors say go, but my heart says no. And that’s the decision I’ve made.”
In a subsequent interview with Fox News colleague Sean Hannity, Huckabee said, “My decision is clear, it’s firm. I’m not sitting around thinking is there another way in. I’m out. Simple as that. I have a lot other things.”
Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in his 2008 presidential run, would be one of the stronger candidates in the Republican field thanks to his appeal to social conservatives.
And he is building a $3 million beach house in Santa Rosa Beach in Florida, which he is paying for in part thanks to the $500,000 per year salary he gets from Fox. Huckabee also generates earnings from his radio show and book sales; he has acknowledged that “if I run, I walk away from a pretty good income.”
Why would anyone want to vote for any of these guys when it looks like they can’t even make a decision over a decision? I think he, like another Faux News employee, is just trying to remain relevant. Chuckleberry, like that other Faux News employee, likes the good life too much, and he’s not in any hurry to quit a lucrative job. However, he won’t be able to sell any books if he’s not in the news occasionally.
(Okay, the real reason for this follow-up to yesterday’s Roger Ailes/Willy Wonka post is because Melissa was disappointed that Chuckleberry wasn’t Augustus Gloop, and so was I, once she reminded me that Chuckleberry might have been in the poster. Not to mention, I got home at 6, and I didn’t have a poster even started for tonight.)