Will He Or Wont He? Everyone Weighing In On Huckabee.

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Will he try again in 2012? That is the question that people are asking regarding former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s intentions towards another attempt at a run for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2012. But he has many irons in the fire. A fact that some are predicting may discourage him from giving the White House another shot.

He hosts a weekly television show,’ Huckabee‘, on FOX News. In July it was announced that Huckabee would lead the fundraising efforts as chancellor of the new Victory University Foundation in Memphis. In July he also launched a pilot entitled “The Huckabee Show.” The Huckabee Show website refers to Huckabee as “a preacher who accepts all, a politician that never plays politics and a host unlike any other.” It has been reported, but not confirmed, that the former Governor is recording an album in Nashville as well as writing a children’s Christmas book. He also leads tour groups on trips to Israel. He made one earlier this year with crooner Pat Boone during which he interviewed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was in the Middle East as part of his work as an envoy to the region.

So with his media empire taking all of his time will the popular winner of last years Iowa caucus try his hand again? He topped the pack of potential candidates in a 2012 caucus poll commissioned by TheIowaRepublican.com website. Huckabee garnered 22 percent to Mitt Romney’s 19 percent. Newt Gingrich received 14 percent, Sarah Palin 11 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul 5 percent, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and South Dakota Sen. John Thune 1 percent each.
“It feels a lot better than it did this time four years ago, when I was an asterisk there,” Huckabee said. Huckabee won Iowa in 2008 with 34 percent of the vote to former MA Governor Mitt Romney’s 25 percent. He hit Iowa soon after the 2004 election, a move deemed successful enough that Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty seems to be mirroring it.

But will he do it again? Rex Nelson, who was Huckabee’s communications director while in the governor’s office, said that Huckabee will likely run only if he has more commitments from key Republican fundraisers. And who could blame him? He has a media empire that keeps him busy as well as an endorsement list a mile long as he helps Republican candidates gear up for the midterm elections in November. However, with very strong poll showings in the past couple of months he could be enticed by the thought of an easier run this time around.

For that to happen those close to the governor have stated that some of the so-called whales from the GOP fundraising establishment are going to have to get on board this time. A luxury he did not have as he started from scratch and planted the roots for the grassroots campaign that won him Iowa in 2008. But to entice him to hit the campaign trail and give up his current role as conservative media darling….it may be the only way.

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