Huckabee: Will Fight for GOP Candidates

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 05:00 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who announced his decision not to run for president Saturday, said he is “not done with politics” and will fight to get Republicans elected to Congress and governorships. Huckabee also said on Fox News Monday he will support whoever is the GOP nominee for president but is not ready to choose.
“I tell you what I am going to be doing — I’m going to be working very hard to try to get 60 Republicans in the Senate.” Huckabee told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “I’m going to be working very hard to see more people take the governorships at state houses — to see more members of Congress who are conservative and pro-life. So, I’m not done with politics. And I’m not done with wanting to influence the discussion, help frame the issues. But you don’t have to be a candidate to do that.”

Huckabee said he had vacillated for months on whether to run for president.

“You know, I think that a few months ago, I was thinking less likely — and then over the last few months Sean, I had become to think, you know, this is really a distinct possibility. The polls kept showing that I was leading, and I was leading in places where people didn’t think I could. In Maine, in New Jersey, in Pennsylvania, outside the Bible belt,” he said.

“And not just among the social conservatives, as had sort of been the narrative that had been maybe placed on me four years ago,” Huckabee continued. “And in addition to the polls, then when it showed intensity of voters, there were a lot of things. And the irony: 20 years ago, when I first ran for a public office, all the signs said, you’re crazy to do this — you can’t win.

“But I did it, because in my heart I believed I should — his time it is the polar opposite. All of those signs were pointing that I should,” Huckabee said. “But deep inside of me — and I don’t expect a lot of people to understand this, Sean. I really don’t — but I say that this is a decision that was a spiritual decision.”

Huckabee reiterated that it was too soon for him to endorse a GOP presidential candidate, but said there were several names being mentioned he could endorse.

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