Mike Huckabee “50-50” to Run For President in 2016
Former Arkansas Governor, presidential candidate, and Fox News host Mike Huckabee told news outlets, in three interviews that he set up himself, that there’s a 50 percent shot that he would run for president once again in 2016.
On Fox News Sunday, Huckabee told host Chris Wallace “I would say maybe at this point it is 50-50, but I don’t know — I don’t know that I would put a percentage on it.” Not only did Huckabee put a percentage on it, he lobbied to be interviewed himself, which Wallace noted makes him “seem quite eager to run.”
The most recent national Republican poll shows that Huckabee has a solid chance at the nomination despite just emerging as a potential candidate. Huckabee placed third in the latest poll with 13 percent, just 1 percent back of Texas Senator Ted Cruz for second place and 6 percent back of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for first.
Huckabee didn’t enter the race in 2012 after signing on to do a Fox News show, along with a radio show, but was fairly successful in his ultimately failed bid for the nomination in 2008. Huckabee won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucus and finished the race second in delegates behind John McCain and ahead of Mitt Romney.
Before Huckabee was the governor of Arkansas, he was a Baptist preacher and has remained outspoken about his religious views. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Huckabee came under fire for saying “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
He was also an outspoken critic of Barack Obama’s rise to power, saying “I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough. And one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, is very different than the average American.”
Huckabee served as the Governor of Arkansas for 11 years, after previously spending three years as Lieutenant Governor to Jim Guy Tucker who would go on to be convicted of fraud and allow Huckabee to replace him.