By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: May 14, 2021

Mike Huckabee 2012

Mike Huckabee 2012 - All eyes are on the Fox host as Mike Huckabee 2012 presidential bid for the white house could be announced. However, it will be at least this summer before he decides whether to run for president again, and he’ll only enter the race if he thinks he can win. The Republican party has several big names already.

The former Arkansas Gov. praised two-term Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is another potential Republican candidate for the White House. Huckabee said Barbour would be “an amazingly strong” presidential candidate because of his fundraising skills and national contacts. Barbour was Republican National Committee chairman from 1993 to 1997 and chaired the Republican Governors Association from June 2009 through November 2010.

“One of his greatest assets is, he is maybe the most brilliant political strategist in America today, bar none. In any state,” Huckabee told reporters before a speech at the Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College in Clinton.

“If he doesn’t run, I would love to have him and his Rolodex be my chairman and develop my strategy should I run. No one I’d rather have on my side,” Huckabee said.

Barbour has been hiring consultants and traveling to early contest states such as Iowa and New Hampshire. He says he could announce a campaign in April. Huckabee hosts a weekend show on Fox News and would have to leave that job if he becomes a presidential candidate. He said some people run because they want a platform for their ideas.

“I don’t need the presidential race in order to have platform. I’ve got a better one, just in terms of platforms, doing what I do,” Huckabee said. “But if I feel like that I can win and govern and do something really significant for the country that I love and care about deeply, that’s what would push me over the edge.”


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