Huckabee Distances Himself from Palin

Friday, 04 Dec 2009 05:18 PM

By Dan Weil

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee doesn’t see a lot in common between himself and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Both have emerged as possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. Huckabee lost out to John McCain in the 2008 primaries, and Palin was McCain’s running mate.

Asked in an interview by Christianity Today to compare himself to Palin, Huckabee said, “Well, it's hard for me to say what's different because I don't know. I don't know how people make the comparison.”

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In terms of the commonalities, Huckabee points out that both were governors and both openly express their religious faith. “But other than those things, I'm not sure where the comparisons are,” he said.

“We're both Republican, we're both pro-life — there are a lot of similarities that way. But she has a very different political direction than I do. I'm not sure of her future politically, and I'm really not sure of mine, either.”

Palin is basking in the glow of her popular new book “Going Rogue: An American Life,” which is No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

Huckabee’s status took a hit when a man he released from prison while governor of Arkansas turned into a prime suspect in the murder of four police officers in Washington State last month.

Huckabee said his decision of whether to run for president will depend on the aftermath of next year’s election — “whether there is a real sense of frustration with the current administration and a willingness to look for someone else.”

He'd need to see strong support among Republicans, “and I can't even consider running again without the level of financial support that a person needs to carry it all the way,” Huckabee said.

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