GOP Presidential Primary

Huckabee ‘very much considering’ a run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) dismissed speculation over the weekend that he’s decided to pass on another run for president in 2012, telling a conservative radio host that he’s still “very much considering” a 2012 bid.

Huckabee, who’s currently barnstorming the country on a book tour, told talk host Kevin McCullough that no final decisions have been made just yet, citing polling that shows him atop the field of rumored GOP presidential contenders.

{mosads}”I’m very much considering another run at the presidency,” Huckabee said during an exchange that aired Saturday evening. “I find it interesting, some of these pundits say, ‘Huckabee’s not running’ … How do you know that? Because I don’t know that yet.” 

The former governor noted that “virtually every poll that comes out shows me at the top … not only in state polls, but in national polls.” 

A national Gallup poll released late last week had Huckabee leading the rumored GOP field, but showed a wide-open race with no clear favorite. 

“I haven’t decided that I would [run], but I most certainly have not made the decision that I would not,” Huckabee insisted.  

While several other potential GOP contenders are already campaigning in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Huckabee has focused on his book tour and his TV and radio hosting duties. 

He told reporters in Washington, D.C., last month that he doesn’t intend to rush into a decision on 2012, and acknowledged that should he opt for another run, “I walk away from a pretty good income.” 

Activists and operatives in Iowa, meanwhile, are warning that time is running out for the former governor if he’s serious about making another bid for the GOP nomination next year. 

Now that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has moved a step closer to a presidential bid next year, strategists in Iowa say Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin need to get in gear before potential supporters move on to another candidate. 

“If those two don’t start [campaigning] in Iowa pretty soon — I would say within the next 35 to 40 days — a lot of people are going to start looking for a home elsewhere,” said Steve Scheffler, president of the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition and one of the state’s top social conservative organizers.

Over the weekend, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) hosted the state’s second “cattle call” of rumored hopefuls just this year. The event featured Bachmann, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), among others. 

Huckabee did not attend the gathering. 

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