Republican Mike Huckabee, who is considering a second presidential run, said Friday that he planned a “very important” announcement on his Fox News Channel show this weekend
The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses told listeners of his radio program to watch his Fox show Saturday night. He also told his followers on Twitter to check out his media schedule in the coming days because he plans to make appearances on other Fox programs.
Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, has said he would decide this summer whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.
A cable TV show with a limited audience is an unorthodox platform to announce a presidential bid, and even close advisers who were part of his last run are pleading ignorance about what Huckabee will say.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee looks like he’ll give the 2012 White House campaign a pass, says Mr. Huckabee’s top political operative.
But Ed Rollins, who directed his 2008 campaign and has been organizing his 2012 campaign-in-waiting, said he has not been consulted.
“I’ve heard nothing, which indicates to me he’s not running,” Mr. Rollins said in an interview.
If Mr. Huckabee formally says he’s a no-go, his absence will reshape the still-chaotic campaign for the Republican nomination. He leads or is near the top of virtually every poll of Republican primary voters, and would have been the presumptive front runner in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, which he won in 2008. Without him, a large Evangelical contingent – plus voters drawn to his easy-going personality – will be up for grabs in the Hawkeye State and beyond.
“Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid,” Woody Fraser, the executive producer of “Huckabee” said in a statement. “He has not told anyone at FOX News Channel his decision.