Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested last week that he was unsure whether he would run again, but left the final decision open.
Hucakabee, who came in second in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, appeared on Sunday talk shows on Fox News and CBS, and said that he was not sure about his potential 2012 bid. However, he also stated that his ultimate decision will depend on the results of next year’s midterm elections as well as the GOP itself, according to CNN.
The preacher-turned-politician, who is also hosting a weekend talk show on Fox News Channel, was quoted by the news provider as saying that for him to run again he would have to receive stronger backing from the Republican Party, which considered him to be outside the mainstream during his 2008 campaign.
Huckabee also expressed his belief that it will be hard to beat President Obama, regardless of who wins the nomination. "Anyone who thinks Barack Obama is an easy mark off, just remember Bill Clinton was just labeled politically dead and came back to win a resounding re-election in 1996," he said, quoted by TheHill.com.
According to a new USA Today/Gallup poll, a total of 50 percent of respondents believe the former Arkansas governor is qualified to be president and 40 percent support his candidacy. This puts him ahead of both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.