Huckabee is not running

Mike Huckabee has put an end to speculation that he might enter the race for the GOP nomination for President in 2012 by announcing he will not run.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won several Republican primaries in the 2008 presidential race, said Saturday that he will not make a run for theWhite House in 2012.

“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee told viewers at the end of his Fox News program. “My answer is clear and firm. I will not seek the Republican nomination for president this year. I’m going to gladly continue doing what I do.”

From our vantage point this can only help Jon Huntsman. While Huckabee may have held sway with a segment of the “religious right” in the primaries, he would not have stood a chance in the general election. Now that this high profile decision has been made and the field is becoming clearer I hope that Huntsman is able to make his announcement in the next week or two in order to maximize PR. The sooner people get to know him and see that he is not like the rest of the field, the better. Things are looking up!

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5 Responses to Huckabee is not running

  1. 71LesPaul says:

    The announcement doesn’t surprise me. Huxster always was better at playing the base than playing the bass. And he didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. He knew he had zero chance so he made this announcement now before polls make it for him.

  2. Brandon says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, IMHO. Hopefully more of the former “contenders” (should be “pretenders”) see the light as well. There are few who can beat Obama in 2012, and one of those, I think, is Mr. Huntsman.

    Now if we can keep Donald Trump out of the running, all will be much better.

  3. roopost says:

    Gripweed,

    Interesting, while not a lead candidate I thought Huckabee might have hung onto the hopes of being a VP Candidate and bringing along the Religious Right under a Moderate’s banner.

    I suspect the steady paycheque from Fox has claimed its first victim.

    Kind regards,

    • Drae says:

      “I suspect the steady paycheque from Fox has claimed its first victim.”

      Indeed – a stable income vs. a waste of money chasing a nomination he can’t win. Seemed a good call, imo, for him to stay out and so he has.

      Cheers!

  4. 71LesPaul says:

    Like Brandon called for, now the Donald bows out too. I loved his sour grapes explanation. “I’d rather make money than policy.” Thats so Trump.

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