Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mike Huckabee on 2016: “I’m keeping the door open,”

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has not been among the Republicans frequently named as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but he would like that to change. 
“I’m keeping the door open,” Mr. Huckabee said in an interview here this week about the possibility of seeking his party’s nomination again. “I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.” 
Mr. Huckabee, a Christian conservative who made a splash by winning the 2008 Iowa caucuses before seeing his cash-short bid overwhelmed in subsequent states, said he would not run again unless he could finance a durable campaign.
“If I talk to people and they say, ‘If you run, we’re in and we’re in in a big way,’ that’s going be helpful,” he said. “If I don’t hear that, you know what? This will be a real easy decision for me to make because I’ve jumped in a pool without water before and it’s a hard hit at the bottom.” 
While he is a strict conservative on social issues, Mr. Huckabee, 58, has been criticized by fiscal conservative organizations over his economic record. The former governor remains contemptuous of such groups as the Club for Growth, which puts him in his party’s pragmatist camp in potential primary challenges to Republican incumbents next year. 
“Does the Republican Party want to win elections or do they want to fight each other in a purity war?” he asked.
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1 comment:

cimbri said...

Run Huckster run. The more socons, the better.