Huckabee Keeps Name in 2016 Mix

2008 candidate passed in 2012, but may run for president again

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Herman Cain, left, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee perform a gospel song for supporters in Cain's tent at the Ames Straw Poll at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa on August 13, 2011.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he’s considering another presidential campaign in 2016.

“I’m keeping the door open,” Huckabee told the New York Times  on Thursday. “I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.”

Huckabee was a 2008 contender for the Republican nomination. He passed on running in 2012. He rocketed to prominence after his come-from-behind win in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, but his campaign imploded after running short of cash and failing to draw support in later primary contests. The Christian conservative and current host of his own Fox News show says money will be a major deciding factor in whether or not he mounts a campaign in 2016.

“If I talk to people and they say, ‘If you run, we’re in and we’re in in a big way,’ that’s helpful,” he said. “If I don’t hear that, you know what? This will be a real easy decision for me to make beause I’ve jumped in a pool without water before and it’s  a hard hit at the bottom.”

[NYT]

8 comments
mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Because what the GOP needs most in 2016 is another homophobic type who wants to turn the US into a Theocracy.

bobcn
bobcn

Hey! This is great news for all of you tea partiers!  

Send ALL of your political contributions to Huckabee (or Santorum, or Palin).  If these three soak up most of the right wing campaign money the result of the election will definitely be one that I like.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Just had time to read the headline…in the mix for what? Ted Nugent back-up guitarist? 

jmac
jmac

I watch Huckabee and think if there's a Jesus and he's watching he must be curling his toes.  This man has no heart.  He has no soul.    And he certainly has no sense of humor.    Maybe that's the thing missing in these right-wing Christains.   Maybe a sense of humor is important.  

okinard
okinard

That would be a good laugh. He has a short memoryor he is a masachist doesn't he remember waht happened last time? Please give us a candidate that has the ability to beat Hillary, there is no way in hell Hackubee can beat ven Ted Cruz let alone Hillary. I needed a laugh.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Google Lakewood, WA police shooting and see what happened when Huckabee granted clemency to a violent criminal.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Remember everyone, this is the a-hole that blamed school shootings on keeping God out of public schools.

sacredh
sacredh

Will somebody please tell Mike that his 15 minutes are up?