Several Huckabee advisers said they believed Fox would not allow a host to use his own show on the network to announce a presidential campaign. Fox, which like The Wall Street Journal is owned by News Corp., suspended its contracts with Mr. Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum as they moved toward joining the presidential contest.
Mr. Rollins said he and other advisers met with Mr. Huckabee as recently as a week ago to go over his chances. They had assembled a strategy that foresaw him sweeping to victory in Iowa, then focusing on South Carolina, Florida and Texas.
But two weeks ago, Mr. Rollins said, Mr. Huckabee "started backing off" amid questions about whether he could raise sufficient campaign funds and build a working campaign operation. The answers to those questions were "yes," the campaign chief added. But Mr. Rollins said he raised a flag. "I said, 'If you don't have the fire in the belly, don't go,' " Mr. Rollins said. "I can't want it more for him than he wants it for himself.".....
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