Enter Huckabee? Sources Say He May Jump In

Posted: Sep 30, 2011 1:38 PM

Drama, drama, drama. Pulling a Christe--or would that be a Palin?--it seems Mike Huckabee's people have set the rumor mill a-hummin' regarding his potential 2012 candidacy. Per Reuters:


Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray, two sources who have spoken with Huckabee told Reuters.

The former Arkansas governor, who made a splash by winning the Iowa caucuses as a candidate in 2008, announced last May on his Fox News show that he would not enter the race.

But the conservative Huckabee, who appeals to evangelical Christians and is seen as an effective campaigner, is taking another look at jumping in, said the two sources, who are close to Huckabee. They spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

"He is entertaining the request for conversations about it," one of the sources said. "I do not think it is a complete 100 percent 'I'm reconsidering' but he hasn't shut the door on it."

As this article frames it, Huck seems to believe he could steal Perry's thunder in the southern Evangelical demographic, given his wide appeal among that consitutency. Guess his whopping eight primary wins in '08 emboldened him to try again? Should he decide to enter--and he's neither confirmed nor denied he's in--he faces a tough road, especially as regards fundraising.

All these "absolutely nots" becoming "maybes..." Ay yi yi. 2012 is giving me whiplash.

Blog post by Kate Hicks