During a recent appearance on ABC's "The View," former Arkansas governor and rumored presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that a divided Congress may help President Barack Obama's re-election bid in 2012.
Huckabee, a Republican who hosts his own show on FOX News, said that when the legislative and executive branches disagree on issues, the President and his administration usually win public support. He was making reference to the congressional changes set to take place in January, when Republicans gain majority in the House of Representatives and add several seats in the Senate.
Huckabee is rumored to be one of the GOP candidates to challenge Obama in 2012, along with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. According to the news provider, a new Quinnipiac University poll reveals that Americans would favor Obama over Huckabee, but they would prefer Romney over the current commander-in-chief.
“I think it’s going to be harder to beat Barack Obama than a lot of Republicans are thinking because he is the President, he’s going to have a billion dollars starting out in his war chest, there is an extraordinary advantage of an incumbent,” Huckabee said on "The View".
According to a recent Harris Poll, approximately 43 percent of Americans surveyed believe that it is good for the United States to have a President and the majority in Congress belonging to different parties. About 20 percent said that a divided government is bad for the U.S., while roughly 36 percent said they were not sure if it was good or bad.