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Huckabee, Trump Duck Out Of Presidential Race

May 18, 2011 by  

Huckabee, Trump duck out of Presidential raceThe field of candidates for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination thinned out this past weekend, as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and business mogul Donald Trump removed themselves from consideration.

During his weekly FOX News program on May 14, Huckabee announced that he would not seek the Republican nomination to avoid “brutal” and “savage” attacks on his family. He was considered a favorite in the current field of potential candidates, but pundits have stated that Huckabee had little personal or financial motivation to run for President.

On May 16, Trump revealed that he would prefer to remain in the private sector, rather than run for public office. Although the reality TV star’s rumored candidacy was viewed as a publicity stunt by many political observers, he garnered ample support in a number of national polls. Trump also played a big role in the “birther movement,” prompting the White House to release a copy of President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate last month.

The two announcements have further opened up a field that was already considered unpredictable. On May 15, Mike Campbell, who was Huckabee’s campaign chairman in South Carolina during the 2008 race, announced that he has joined forces with Jon Huntsman, the former United States ambassador to China and Governor of Utah.

Huntsman has already enlisted the services of former political advisors to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who won the GOP nomination in 2008, The Boston Globe reported.

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  • Michael J.

    Huckebee’s record is that of a progressive tax raiser, good riddance. His recent decision not to run shows that his agenda is aimed at making money, and not at saving our republic. If he were to leave Fox to become president, it would have meant a pay-cut for him. Glad it didn’t take him 4 or 8 years to show his true colors.

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    The GOP had better get their act together and soon! I hope to see Allen West come forward. We have to have someone run that loves our country and wants to bring it back to prosperity.

    • Cliffystones

      And then there was Krauthammer yesterday practically inaugurating Romney! These talking heads keep pining for these establishment “frontrunners”. And anybody wants to simply return this country to Constitutional Law is branded “unelectable”.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        Cliffystones…. Romney has a lot of baggage with ‘Romney-care’. It will be hard for him to get past that. We need someone to rise up and have conviction.

  • http://yahoo david coloma

    anyone but BO/MO………just “change” (take) back America

    if your over 50 , you are doomed with OBdeathcare
    its that simple…..a pres with revenge on his mind
    against those of us who “kept” slaves

    • Brenda

      I agree with you 100%!!! Get rid of BO and MO.

  • jopa

    I still say we should go with Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.Or even that pizza guy that did so well in the debate.”Papa John” I think his name is.

    • Michael J.

      dopa,
      What we require is a pair of high calibur individuals like Smith & Wesson to replace the whiny, limp wristed liberal progressives living knee deep in the government trough with a smoking hole the size of Delaware. (no offense Delawarians)

  • Bigred43

    Shame on Donald Trump!!! He had the chance (responsibility) to give back to the country that allowed him to be the success he is today. He appeared to be the only one with the stones to make America great again, but what did he do? He wussied out and hung the country out to dry! So, Donald what are you going to tell your grandchildren when they are living in the streets or in a soup line after the country is destroyed by the power crazy socialists/radical islamists or worse(think it can’t happen, think again). I hope you are proud of what you’ve done. As for me, I no longer respect the man I thought donald trump was and I certainly don’t give a fig about anything he has to say! Herman Cain, Chris Christy for president

  • http://com i41

    Trump sure did not show any guts and caved to the media. Christy will not run and is in favor of gun control, Cain worrys me because he doesn’t wantto investigate the Federal Reserve. But any one would be better than any dumbocrap including the marxist/communist puke in the WH. I’ll still think Backman and Palin are still the best canidates, butthe women have a problem with hot looking conservative females who actually have run businesses, and have way more smarts than what is out there to chose from. The idea that it takes a Harvard or some other elit college degreed smuck to be in the Wh has proven what a flawed idea that is from the Wilson era on to present. Same goes for all the leech lawyers in any government office who are always f–king up and causing convoluted bs regulation to inflict on the citizens, wheather in city,state of federal governments. So me one that hasn’t made a more worthlessmess of anything they do.

  • chuckb

    palin for president. the only one out there that makes the democrats act like democrats.

  • http://Personalliberty Tony

    To Everyone:
    Let’s face it, the Repubs. are going to get beat in 2012 unless Obama
    has his own “Monica Lewinsky affair” or an “Obama gate”. To put it bluntly, the current Repub. ticket is the equivalence of a Saturday
    Night Live skit. The on going joke for this is what’s more exciting
    than the Repub. 2012 Presidential Primary? Answer, watching paint dry on a bathroom wall during a hot summer day. The only candidate that stands a chance is Ron Paul and the Repubs. won’t give him a chance.
    By the way, i’m a registered Repub. myself. Really sad. So Long for now!!

  • http://com i41

    Rand Paul but his old man is too goofy and a isolationist who has taken governemnt porker programs back with him. Only the one who hasn’t is Bohener, check out Congressional record. Have paitence this niggardly marxist muslim back in office yet, as he keeps giving borrowed money to by off his pedophile pervert kin.

  • jopa

    i41;Let me see if I got this right.Your calling Ron Paul Goofy?On a scale of 1- 10 where do you rate your goofiness to be?

  • jopa

    Tony:How about John Ensign for president.Oops I guess not, he may be charged with ethic violations including rape.

  • chuckb

    jopa, it didn’t stop bill clinton, in fact it only endeared him to the liberals.

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