Monday, November 22, 2010

Mike Huckabee: Sounding like a 2012 Presidential candidate while in Iowa?

Mike Huckabee had this to say to reporters on Sunday, before his keynote address at an Iowa Family Policy Center event.

About a time line for running:
    “Honestly, I’m not on a time table. I’m not on somebody’s calendar to say, ‘This is the time when I have to decide.’ Am I keeping the option open? Yes.  Am I open to it, considering it and giving, you know, thought?  Of course.  I think I would be foolish not to in light of having been through it,understanding what it’s about.

    “…I’m in a very different position than I was four years ago when I was an asterisk in the polls and most people didn’t think that I was even going to be serious and this time, in most of the national polls, I’m either the top or near the top and that certainly is a different position to be in, but it doesn’t mean that I’m automatically going to do it either. There’s a lot of deep, internal soul-searching and another thing for me is that, as I’ve told many people, I don’t plan to jump in a pool unless there’s water in it.”
About Sarah Palin:
“One of the things I’ve learned in politics is you never make your decisions based on what other people are going to do or don’t do because, first of all, they can change their minds,”Huckabee said. “And, second of all, the one thing I learned running four marathons is you run your race, your pace.  You do not go out there and look around and constantly wonder what somebody else is going to do.

“No question she will be a very, very strong presence and force if she gets in, you know, she may run away with it and that’s one of those things that everybody as to be prepared for, but the decision I make won’t be based on what she does. If I get in it, I would prefer that she not and that she endorse me.”
About being able to defeat President Obama:
I always believed I could,”Huckabee said. “I wouldn’t have run the last time if I didn’t think I could and the good news for me is a majority of American voters seem to think that. In the last poll, I was the only one who polled above (Obama) outside the margin of error.”
To listen to the interview, play icon below: (You will need to back space to return)

He's sounding like a candidate to me. What do you think? Perhaps a little PR to push the book sales?


Right Wingnut said...

No water in the pool. Sorry Huck.

phil said...

I hope that he and Palin enter the race. It will make it that much easier for Romney to win the nomination.

Closer To Home said...

It sounds like he'd rather not, or at least that he isn't driven to it. But if he doesn't, he concedes the field to Romney and Palin, a result I don't think he can live with. He may be contemplating whether if he were to endorse a Pawlenty if he would be strong enough to head the other two off. (doubtful)

Which leaves him stuck running. But that means giving up his "pulpit" and risk being dethroned as the socon spokesman. While Huck certainly has a deeply loyal following in IA, there is no doubt that Palin does as well and that they may both take enough from each other to give Romney the win, a decidedly delicious outcome, but unthinkable for Huck.

I'd buy the board game if it came out. It really is great political science.

BOSMAN said...

Good to see you ric.

Hope to see you MUCH MORE Often.
Hope everything is well with you and the family.