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GOP Presidential Contender Field Is Taking Shape, But Not Everyone Is Happy

May 16, 2011 by  

Mike Huckabee announces he won't run for President Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has announced that he won't seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election.

In a statement made on his Fox News show, Huckabee said that the decision was not political or financial, but a spiritual one.

"All the factors say 'go,' but my heart says 'no'," he stated.

This was the third high-profile announcement, after Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich revealed last week he would seek the nomination, joining Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).

And while Huckabee's decision opens a spot for socially conservative candidates to step in, it also leaves a void in the moderate wing of the Republican party, where the former governor is respected.

Columnist and commentator David Frum bemoaned Huckabee's exit, writing on the website CNN.com that despite his "reactionary cultural message," he was "unequaled in showing understanding and regard for those families getting by on incomes of five figures and not six, seven, eight or nine."

For his part, Huckabee hinted at the tough nature of the race that would last some 18 months and the job that potentially lay at the end of it. He said that "under the best of circumstances, being President is a job that takes one to the limit of his or her capacity." 

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  • Cawmun Cents

    No thanks to another progressive republican.

  • s c

    Arkansas has been anything but impressive over the last 15 years or so. That is, when it comes to “giving” the American people (and the citizens of Arkansas) leadership, the quality of the resulting politicians has come way short of the mark.
    I see no reason to think good thoughts about Huckabee. In the matter of the Clintonistas, they should have been forced to go back to Arkansas and stay the hell out of Washington politics (no offense, Arkansas).

  • Doc Sarvis

    A pragmatic choice from a decent man. The article seems to say that the job of President in these times is the toughist one out there and sets one up for being hated by much of the population (rightly or wrongly). A plug for the tough (and largly correct) work that President Obama is doing.

  • Dennis Patrick

    I see Donald Trump doesn’t have the guts to run. I doubt Sarah Palin does either. I guess that leaves Mitch Daniels if his wife will let him. Looks like he has the Rove wing behind him.

  • Johan

    Good, another Jesus pimp out of the picture.

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