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Will he or won’t he? That will most likely be the question until the end of this summer. Will Mike Huckabee make a second run for the White House? He has adamantly said time and time again that he will not make this decision until later in the year and lately he has been giving a time-table and his reasons for waiting, which I believe is a positive sign that he is going to run. With now three different polls in Iowa showing that he still is the favorite and his base is still in tact, national polls like this that show him as the clear leader for the nomination, and just yesterday a poll that shows him with promise in a state that should never be a Huckabee state, why wouldn’t he run?
I know supporters are freaking out about his could-be late entry into the presidential race but I am not one of them. The critics to his method point out Fred Thompson’s failure, but what they need to realize is that Thompson’s strategy did not fail but he failed as a candidate. Huckabee has the grassroots foundation in the early caucus and primary states, a national platform on Fox News and ABC Radio until he does declare, and charisma to steal the show once he does enter.
Governor Huckabee will also be staying front and center in the news until this summer even without declaring a candidacy for POTUS. He is scheduled to leave on a two-week trip to Israel the end of January and then will be hosting a week-long Alaskan cruise in June. In between those two events he is fitting in a mega tour for his new policy book due out on February 22 called A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion That We Don’t!) And this just isn’t any other book tour as it will be spreading the love to two early caucus/primary states…Iowa and South Carolina. There are 40 stops on this tour with over a quarter of them being in these two states alone: six destinations in Iowa and five in South Carolina. And with the media just chomping at the bit for the presidential race to start but the heavy hitters in the GOP dragging their feet to enter, this event should get quite a bit of attention.
Hang on. This should be quite a ride if you are a Huckabee supporter. Is it summer yet?
Since being propelled into the national spotlight after winning the 2008 Iowa Caucuses Governor Mike Huckabee has become one of the leading conservative voices in the field. Many in the Republican elite refuse to acknowledge this and one of their top wishes is that he would just go away. Not too likely considering the level of support he gets in polls and in his tv, radio, book, and speaking endeavours.
The Beltway group can’t seem to grasp the popularity of someone like Mike Huckabee, and I believe that fact is his strongest suit. He is someone who has guts enough to put Michelle Obama on his show in her Fox News debut to talk about their shared issue of fighting childhood obesity while in the same weekend comes down on CPAC when he gave his reasons why he didn’t attend. He got criticism for both moves. I don’t understand the criticism of the First Lady interview since I’m not sure how many people out there would like to be hammered for their spouses’ decisions while on the job, and that is what conservatives wanted Huckabee to do. Also, people totally misunderstood the fight against childhood obesity. Huckabee stated time and time again that the fight is a cultural shift and not the government’s responsibility. And for the record, who cares if he received some flak for his CPAC comments because many in the grassroots echo the same opinion. Plus, he is one of the few Republicans who can offer real health care solutions because of his extensive executive experience.
We are over the halfway mark now of time that has passed since that 2008 Iowa Caucuses and the time that remains until the 2012 ones. Only Governor Huckabee knows if he will jump into the Presidential race again, but if he does it looks like Iowa will once again be strong for him. As far as I know only two polls have been done that test the 2012 Iowa political waters. Huckabee was the favorite in the November Des Moines Register poll and the latest poll done of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses performed by Right Way Marketing shows Huckabee with a comfortable lead. The only thing that throws me off about this poll is the number of undecideds. I am an Iowan and I know we like to dissect our candidates but this high amount of undecideds seems a bit odd to me. Anyway, it is a snapshot of the Hawkeye state right now and they still heart Huckabee.