Skip to comments.Huckabee Says He's the GOP's Front-Runner for 2012
Posted on 06/28/2010 3:24:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
After weeks of keeping himself in the headlines and growing more explicit about his intentions to run for president in 2012, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee touted himself as the Republican front-runner, The Hill reports. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Huckabee attempted to remain elusive about his presidential ambitions, but showed he is closely watching his poll numbers.
"I end up leading a lot of the polls," Huckabee said. "I'm the Republican that clearly at this point does better against Obama than any other Republican." About his presidential run, Huckabee added: "I haven't closed the door. I think that would be foolish on my part, especially when poll after poll shows that there is strong sentiment out there."
The 2012 Republican presidential field could also include Mitt Romney, who led early polling until Huckabee overtook him in April, and Sarah Palin. Huckabee said Sunday that he has "no doubt" Romney will be running, and praised both of his potential opponents. He said Romney has money and organization on his side, while Palin has "fire and energy" and fervent support from the Republican base.
Huckabee, who hosts a weekend show on the Fox News Channel, has kept up a steady stream of political pronouncements since he lost the 2008 primary to John McCain. Earlier this month, he received extensive coverage after a profile in The New Yorker quoted him cracking jokes about sex with former White House correspondent Helen Thomas and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and calling gay sex "icky."
"The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas," Huckabee joked in an e-mail to the magazine's reporter, Ariel Levy. "If those were my only options, I'd probably be for same-sex marriage!"
In April, Huckabee faced what was seen as a setback to his presidential hopes when a man he had pardoned in Arkansas killed four police officers in Washington state. Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence wrote that it was "almost inconceivable" that Republican voters would unite behind Huckabee after the slayings.
Correct. Minnie Pearl Palin and her cult versus Mike the Medicine Show Salesman and his cult. Chances are they will cancel eachother out in the southern primaries.
Um, no...just no.
You Romney-bots amuse me.
I think the Huckster is greatly over-estimated, by himself, and by his crony backers!
He will shill for RINO Jeb Bush this time. The MSM is aready setting us up.
Demint/Daniels is my dream ticket. We need men of competance, not ditzy broads who play on the identity politics of flyover country.
HAHAHAHAHAHA, HUCKABEE? The front runner? This got to be Satire. He’d be mince meat in no time. The DNC would welcome it, the election will be revenge for Mondale’s loss of 49-1.
I figured the hurl alert was implied by the title...
ANY poll this far out is meaningless. At this point in the cycle, Birch Bayh was polling ahead of the Democrat pack in 1974. Jimmy Carter was even breaking 2%. Ted Kennedy would have beaten all of ‘em had he been a candidate based on those polls.
Also, when the number doesn’t crack 25%, and it doesn’t, it is even less meaningful, as other candidates’ supporters may go “anywhere BUT Huck.”
I like Inhofe/ Barbour
Palin is the new Fred Thompson and Huck is the new Huck. Both are certain losers in 2012
Ouch, I hope you have your flame suit on.
A candidate who has to say “Look at me, look at me!” isn’t really out in front.
‘Ditzy broads?’ Oh geez, you’re another one of ‘those’.
As for Huckabee? Hahahahahaha. You just keep believing that Huckster. The MSM trying to manipulate who our candidate will be again.
Wake me up when they're able to draw 20,000 screaming supporters at the drop of a hat.
i’m hoping and praying that there is someone still in the shadows... someone of whom we are not yet aware... Huckabee, no... Romney, no...
I don’t like Mike Huckabee. He’s on the radio station that I listen to every weekday. I can’t quite put my finger on why I feel that way, except to say he seems shallow intellectually and I think that he would blow with the wind in his decision making. I don’t trust him.
Why does there have to be someone ‘in the shadows’ when Sarah Palin would make a perfectly great candidate?
He said he was not a socialist also. The man is a lying sos, big government looney loser.
1991: Bill who?
If early name recognition meant anything, than we would have had President Rockefeller, President Edward Kennedy, and President Giuliani. Luckily we avoided those, just as we will avoid a Palin or Huck Presidency.
Huckster is the front runner... for being a sanctimonious RINO.
Wrong. We need LEADERS from OUTSIDE of Washington with EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE. Governor Palin is a leader with the qualifications I noted. Daniels is a follower. DeMint is a sitting Senator, not a Governor.
Huckabee is horse crap.
ANY attempt by the pubbies to push this RINO ass clown down our throats as the nominee will be met by Pubbies turning independant or saying to hell with it.
Enough of Bob Dull, Juan McLame, and the damned Bush’s.
Time for Real conservatives or go fish.
Obama did it a bunch of times. We need people who can manage and govern. A false messiah-ette isn't the solution for the mess we're in.
he can go fry himself some catfish and stay the hell away from ruining another election....jerkwad!
I can*t stand the huckster!
Christie or Brown.....enough said.....Huckster was one of the main reasons we got stuck with Cain and zero....
The huckster is a delusional twit. Keep on strumming, Huck...politically, you have gone as far as you will ever go.
He did, He gave us Palin. Unfortunately, the rest is up to us and we may very well screw this up.
I love conservatives, we are a feisty bunch of patriots, but we can’t seem to ever get our act together.
Rather than asking God to help us, perhaps what we should do is get ready to ask Him to forgive us for screwing up a chance to turn this mess around.
With Huckaliar in the race, Obama WILL get another 4 years and this country will die.
not ditzy broads who play on the identity politics of flyover country. ..................................... As ditsy as she appears to you, you must realize that she saved McCain from experiencing a Mondale type loss. Had any of the 2 you suggested ran with McCain do you really think the results would have been the same? McCain was destined to be over whelmed until Ditsy arrived and awakened the Independents and stay home voters. The dormant voters went to the polls and voted for Ditsy not McCain. At least here they did. I still hear people bragging that they voted for Ditsy not McCain. People say she will lose if she runs in 2012, OK, how about putting up the odds and we’ll all bet on it. 20-1 if you are so sure, you got my $1.
I don’t think you’ll see Palin phoning it in when it comes to campaigning. That was Fred’s demise
The Huckster is John McLame with a wooden leg.. and no balls..
Are you calling Huckabee a ditzy broad?!
Where do I start? He is simply not electable!
Sounds good to me, as I have been a fan of Haley's for years, and Inhofe is in my personal top five in terms of Senators.
Fred should have stayed in Hollywood, and Sarah needs to position herself as the new Oprah.
No thanks, Gov. Douchebag. Two Southern Baptist presidents in the past half century was two too many.
I don’t think Huck is ditzy. He has the keen understanding of selling to those who would buy his urine as a cure for impotence were we in 1890.
The independents voted for Obozo.
She phoned in the speech at Stanislaus the other day. It sounded like one of those answers to a "Why do you want to be Miss America" question. In the past, when the going got tough, she quit. I don't find her inspiring at all.
“Smarmy” comes to mind.
Talk about delusional.
Uh, don’t quit your radio job.
She’s the only reason I voted for McCain. And I have friends and family who say the same thing. I guess I would have stayed at home if she wasn’t on the ticket. Obama would still have won. However, without her on the ticket Obama would have a mandate like you ain’t never seen.
Like the-deer-tied-on-the-hood frontrunner.
That’s because you insist people without advanced degrees aren’t worthy.
Uh, what do you think Sarah did as Mayor and Governor? Stand there and looked pretty.
1979: Reagan? The old actor?
1999? Bush? Gore'll cream him!
2004: Bush? Our guy's a "war hero", he was AWOL! We have the documents to prove it!
2011: Palin? She's a quitter!
As I've said before, I found his treatment of Romney and Paul in the RNC debates disgusting. And I don't like either Mitt or Ron. Yet, when someone turned his 'humor' around on him, he cried like a girl that the others were picking on him.
He's a RINO wuss, and a Christian Socialist to boot.