Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) warned Republicans it's going to be harder than they think to beat President Obama in 2012.

“I think it’s going to be harder to beat Barack Obama than a lot of Republicans are thinking," he said Monday in an interview on ABC's "The View."

“He is the president,” he said. “There is an extraordinary advantage of an incumbent.”

Asked if he could beat the president, Huckabee responded: “I wouldn’t run if I didn’t think I could.”

The former governor has not made an official announcement about the 2012 presidential race, but polls show he has high favorability marks among Republicans and that he runs head-to-head with Obama in matchups.

His statement about the president's electoral strength contrast that of fellow Republican Sarah Palin's.

The former Alaska governor has expressed confidence that she can beat Obama in 2012. In an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Palin replied “I believe so,” when asked if she could defeat the president.