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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Sunday said there is a “very strong likelihood” that he will “clearly state [his] intentions” about a possible White House run in the spring.


Huckabee, who left his talk show ahead of a possible presidential run, said on ABC’s “This Week” that he didn’t leave the Fox show because he was “tired of going to New York every week.”

The former governor also said his approach to fundraising would be different this time around.

“That was the beginning hurdle for us back in 2008,” he said. “A lot of people didn't take the campaign that seriously until we were winning states and winning primaries. I literally got by on a dime to the dollar of both John McCain and Mitt Romney.

“So in -- in some ways, we were a very green campaign. We got more miles per gallon than anybody else,” he added.

When asked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who has said he’s giving serious consideration to a run, Huckabee said the “race is wide open.” “Anybody could be a contender,” he added.

“One of the things about politics, when you're actually there, you realize, you're on a high wire and there is no net under you,” Huckabee said. “On any given day, your campaign can implode for something that happens inadvertently or even intentionally. I mean it just happens.

“So you never say that someone is not a contender, that they can't make it. I mean I hear that all the time about a lot of different people. Nobody knows,” he added.

Huckabee also said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who’s announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee, will be a “formidable candidate.” Bush, however, will not be a factor in his decision to run, Huckabee said.

“If I run for president, … it's not going to be because someone else did or did not. It's going to be because I think that the country needs some common sense leadership that brings us back to fiscal sanity, where we quit spending money we don't have and stop borrowing money that we can never afford to pay back.”

Huckabee, who just wrote a book called “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,” also said a passage criticizing the Obamas’ parenting for letting their daughters listen to Beyonce’s music was taken out of context.

“You know, if people read the full chapter, it's in the context of, first of all, saying Beyonce is a wonderful talent. My point is, she doesn't have to do some of the things that she does in the lyrics because it's not necessary,” he said.

“My point was, even in speaking about the Obamas -- and I said about them in the book, they're great parents. But it was President Obama, in an interview with ‘Glamour,’ who said that some of the lyrics he won't listen to with his daughters, because it embarrasses him.”

“If it embarrasses you, then why would you possibly think it's wholesome for your children to put it into their heads?” he asked.

“If you're very concerned about what happens with your children, and the Obamas are. They're great parents. They're careful about making sure their kids get a lot of vegetables and eat right. That's terrific.

“Well, what you put in your brain is also important, as well as what you put into your body. And that was my point, based on what the president himself said.”