Huckabee Didn’t Run In 2012 Because He Knew Obama Would Win

December 13, 2013 8:36 a.m.

Mike Huckabee opted against an encore presidential run in 2012 partly because he didn’t think the incumbent was beatable.

The pastor-turned-governor-turned-pundit detailed his thinking in an interview with the New York Times published Friday:

He said he did not run for president in 2012 because he did not think President Obama could be defeated, but he also acknowledged he has enjoyed earning a measure of financial comfort and celebrity through his show.

It is those two factors, along with the rise of “super PACs” that let a single wealthy individual sustain a candidate lacking a major financial network, that he says are making him look closely at a second presidential run.

Huckabee used the interview to float the idea of launching another White House bid in 2016. His radio program came to an end this week.


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