Huckabee: I'm still considering running in 2012

In this Feb. 24, 2011 file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee shakes hands after speaking about his new book at the National Press Club. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has said that he is "very much considering" a run at the 2012 GOP presidential nomination in the wake of speculation that he will ultimately decide against a run.

"I'm very much considering another run at the presidency," he told Kevin McCullough in an interview that aired Saturday. Huckabee added that it is "interesting" that pundits are speculating that he isn't running.

"How do you know that? Because I don't know that yet," he said.

On March 17, Hotsheet reported that there are mounting signs suggesting Huckabee will ultimately decide not to run. Among them are the fact that Hucakbee has not secured staffers in key early states, that he is building a $3 million beach house (with a multi-million dollar mortgage) in Florida, and that he has little in the way of message discipline on his current book tour. Just this weekend, Huckabee skipped a cattle-call of likely Republican social conservative presidential candidates in Iowa, the key early nominating state he won in 2008.

Huckabee is nonetheless among the leading potential GOP candidates, however; as he noted to McCullough, "virtually every poll that comes out shows me at the top." Indeed, a Gallup poll last week found Huckabee with more support from Republicans and GOP-leaning independents than anyone else in the wide-open field of potential Republican presidential candidates.