Mike Huckabee 2012

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Huckabee: 2012 Too 'Toxic'

Thinks Romney will win Iowa, but doesn't count out Santorum

(Newser) - One might think that Mike Huckabee—along with any other red-blooded Republican who ever had presidential aspirations—would regret having sat this race out. Not so, says Huck, calling the 2012 political environment "so toxic and negative that it's not a water I'm ready to jump into... More »

5 Ways the GOP Race Is Just Weird

Late starts and low fundraising set a different tone in 2012

(Newser) - This year's race for the Republican presidential nomination is rather odd, and not because of sexual harassment allegations or possibly drunken speeches . The Washington Post lists five ways this year is a weird one:
  • Starting late and developing slowly. Republicans lollygagged out of the gate, with Mitt Romney filing
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Huckabee Not Ruling Out Veep Run

Arkansan says door is still open for second place on ticket

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee, who ruled himself out of running for president last month after intense prayer, says he might still be available for second place on the GOP ticket. "Everything is still open. I haven't closed doors. I found long ago that that's not the smart thing to... More »

2012 GOP Field: One Big Joke

A dream come true for Barack Obama: Laura Washington

(Newser) - The first thing Barack Obama likely does upon waking is pinch himself and ask, "Am I still dreaming, or is the 2012 Republican field really this lame?" writes Laura Washington in a cheeky column for the Chicago Sun-Times . Much-touted would-be competitors are "dropping like tulips in Chicago’s... More »

Why Did We Waste So Much Time on Huck?

Reactions pour in after he airs decision not to run

(Newser) - “Now that we know that Mike Huckabee isn't going to run for president, it's worth pointing out that all the time spent reporting, writing, and reading about his intentions over the last several months has been totally wasted,” writes Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic . He proposes... More »

Huckabee Will Not Run for President

'All the factors say go, but my heart says no'

(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... More »

Huckabee: Tonight, 'Things Will Get Even Crazier'

In email to inner circle, he talks about 'pulling the trigger'

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee plans to make a big announcement tonight—and many people believed his 2012 decision would be "no go." But an email sent to his inner circle last night has many rethinking their bets. Time has posted the five-paragraph email in its entirety, and it's the... More »

Huckabee Lets Us Know Tomorrow

He'll announce whether he's running on his Fox show

(Newser) - Modern politics: Mike Huckabee has made an announcement announcing that he will make another announcement tomorrow about whether he's going to "explore" a run for president. It will happen during his 8pm EST show on Fox News, of course. What's it going to be? “I’ve... More »

The Rich Like Romney, the Poor Like Palin

Huckabee polls well with both, but only in the south

(Newser) - The more wealthy Republican voters are, the more likely they are to support Mitt Romney—and the exact opposite is true of Sarah Palin, according to a new Gallup poll that breaks down the GOP field’s demographic appeal. Romney is the top candidate among college graduates, with 21% of... More »

What Barbour Exit Means for GOP Race

Surprise departure lucky for Huckabee

(Newser) - Haley Barbour's surprise exit from the field of Republican contenders for 2012 has shaken up the race before it even officially began, notes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post . Some likely effects of the Mississippian's departure:
  • The way is clear for Mitch Daniels. Barbour and Daniels are old
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Polls: Obama Botching the Economy

...but he's still doing better than GOP field

(Newser) - The economy may be casting a shadow over President Obama’s reelection hopes, but he’s still doing better than a GOP field that’s not inspiring much enthusiasm. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll , 47% approve of the job Obama’s doing overall, with 50% disapproving. But when... More »

Trump Ties for 2nd in GOP Poll

Mitt Romney grabs first place among 2012 possibilities

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been putting himself out there over the last few weeks, and Republican voters are liking what they see. The Donald is tied with Mike Huckabee for second place in a field of nine possible contenders in a new Wall Street Journal /NBC poll of Republican primary voters.... More »

GOP's 2012 Frontrunner May Not Even Run

But Huckabee tops nearly every poll

(Newser) - Insiders doubt Mike Huckabee will run for president in 2012—but that's a shame for Republicans because, somewhat surprisingly, Huckabee is the clear frontrunner when it comes to public opinion. He ranked first ahead of 16 other prospective Republican candidates in the latest Gallup poll, and previous surveys have found... More »

Sarah Palin Popularity Dropping in GOP

Still, she remains among the top Republican 2012 candidates

(Newser) - While Sarah Palin remains among the top potential GOP candidates for president in 2012, her popularity continues to take a serious hit, according to a new poll. Some 37% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents hold a negative view of her, which is a record high for Palin, according to the... More »

Huckabee: I Didn't Even Bring Up Natalie Portman

And as for Kenya comment, 'I made a mistake, I corrected it'

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee has more to say on both of his recent headline-making statements: That Barack Obama grew up in Kenya , and that Natalie Portman is setting a bad example with her out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Mediaite reports Huckabee’s comments from Sirius Radio’s POTUS channel:
  • On Kenya: “The reaction ranged
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Rick Santorum Gripes About Fox News Suspension

He was never asked about 2012 plans, he tells CNN

(Newser) - Fox News suspended contributor Rick Santorum yesterday because he had "signaled" a possible 2012 run for the presidency, and Santorum has just one gripe with the matter: Fox never actually asked him if he was considering a 2012 run. Santorum revealed that yesterday on CNN 's John King USA—... More »

Fox Suspends 2012 Hopefuls Newt, Santorum

Palin and Huckabee are fine for now

(Newser) - Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum for 60 days, because they’ve “signaled possible runs for the presidency,” anchor Bret Baier announced today. The two will have until May 1 to declare whether they’re running. If they don’t announce either way by... More »

GOP Candidates Too Loud or Too Boring

Party needs someone who's both a fighter, fixer: Jonah Goldberg

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty took a daring step towards explosive rhetoric recently: he declared the country’s mounting debt a “pile of poo.” Try not to look too offended. “Clearly, the guy running the bleep button for the GOP primary debates isn’t worried about Tim Pawlenty,” quips... More »

Mike Huckabee Doubts Afghan War Is Winnable

Thanks to corrupt regime

(Newser) - Could Mike Huckabee be positioning himself as an anti-war candidate? The former governor expressed grave doubts about the war yesterday, the Huffington Post reports, saying he didn’t know what the US should do next. "I’m asking people, 'Tell me what is it we do to say we... More »

Huckabee: Why I Might Not Run

Potential candidate bad-mouths Tea Party, calls Obama formidable opponent

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee has looked good in early presidential primary polling , but the Fox host isn’t so sure he wants to run. “I’m not one who thinks the future of the world is depending on whether I run for president,” he tells the Washington Post . “It... More »

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