Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mike Huckabee Undecided On Running

From: The Hill

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday he's "definitely undecided" on another run for the White House next year and is increasingly concerned Republicans will "Balkanize themselves" ahead of 2012.

A day after the sparsely attended first debate of the GOP primary season, Huckabee said in an interview on Fox News that he had no regrets about missing the gathering and that he's still working toward a decision on 2012.

"First of all, I've got to come to a place where I believe I should run, and I'm not there yet," Huckabee said. "My feeling is I'll be there by the summer one way or the other. And I may not. That's just the reality."

Part of that decision-making process, said Huckabee, is concern over emerging factions on the right he suggested Friday could get in the way of defeating Obama in 2012.

"Do I really want to put my family and myself through this process?" Huckabee asked. "And do I believe that Republicans can do something other than Balkanize themselves? I worry about that ... because there seems to be this sense of fracture where people want you to be everything or nothing."

Former President Ronald Reagan, Huckabee argued, would find it next to impossible to make it through a modern day Republican primary given that he "raised taxes as governor" of California and "made deals with Democrats."

"People speak of Reagan as if he was absolutely steadfast," he said. "He was in his convictions. But you have to govern in a way that is different than you can campaign."

A core of former Huckabee advisers has been pushing him toward a run and is quietly putting together the infrastructure that would form the basis of a 2012 bid. Huckabee noted his strong poll position Friday, making the case that concern over electability isn't holding him back.

Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager, Ed Rollins, has said the former governor needs to make a decision by early June.

"I know I've got to make a decision within the next month to two months," Huckabee said Friday.

Huckabee, who hosts a weekly show on Fox News Channel, has reportedly been under pressure from executives at the network to make an official decision on 2012. The network has denied it has set a specific deadline for Huckabee to make a decision.

Earlier this week, Fox officially terminated the contributor contracts of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum as both stand on the verge of official 2012 bids.

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