Huckabee Will Not Run for President
'All the factors say go, but my heart says no'
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2011 8:07 PM CDT
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Mike Huckabee has officially pulled the trigger—and his presidential aspirations are dead, at least for 2012. Huckabee officially announced that he will not run on his Fox News show tonight. "All the factors say go, but my heart says no," he said. "I know that under the best of circumstances, being president is a job that takes one to the limit of his or her capacity. I can't know or predict the future, but I know for now my answer is clear and firm: I will not seek the Republican nomination for president this year."

The decision will allow him to stick with a lucrative career as a television and radio personality rather than enter a race that would be both costly and caustic, reports the AP.

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May 16, 2011 11:38 AM CDT
The "Huckster" says his heart told him "no"! What do you bet that his wallet had more to say about it than his heart !? As POTUS he'd have to take a $100,000 per year cut in pay from his $500,000 per year contract with "FOX Boobs."
May 15, 2011 8:49 PM CDT
Do you think these candidates (Palin, Trump, Huckabee) are concluding that it's a lot less work, nearly the same fame and a lot more $$ in your pocket in the short term to kinda-sorta run for president?
May 15, 2011 9:11 AM CDT
He never had a chance, and that is why he wont run. He pardoned that criminal that when on to become a cop killer.