Huckabee: Trump Not Hurting GOP 2012 Chances
By Hiram Reisner
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says billionaire Donald Trump’s investigation of President Barack Obama’s birthplace is not hurting GOP chances in 2012, nor is his foray into a possible presidential run — as he is focusing on other critical issues that must be addressed. Huckabee also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren he is still not sure whether he will throw his hat into the ring.
“Well, he's bringing up some things that, frankly, need to be brought up — some things that I've said four years ago [but] nobody paid attention to,” Huckabee said. “Donald Trump's saying them — a lot of people are paying attention.
“For example, the fact that China is taking us for a ride, the fact that the Saudis have not been paying anywhere near what they should be paying for all the things that we have done for them,” he continued. “They are still getting obscenely rich off our oil money, and then they manipulate the price of oil, which causes Americans to go broke, having to pay higher gasoline prices.
“Those are things that he's getting an extraordinary amount of attention for, and I'm glad he is, because they're issues that we ought to be talking about at the national level.” Huckabee said.
Huckabee said he believes Obama was born in Hawaii, and “frankly, I think I'm a lot more concerned about where President Obama may be taking the country than I am about his place of birth.”
Trump is “playing that, but no other Republican candidate that I'm aware of is talking about it — and probably won’t,” Huckabee said. “Why he's doing it is something that he's expressed many times. But I don't think it's going to be a big issue when it comes down to the general election, and I think by then, he'll have his questions resolved.
“He doesn't beat around the bush, and I think that's refreshing to Americans — they want someone who's going to be very clear — the clarity lacking in President Obama,” he continued. “It’s one of the reasons I believe his numbers are so fragile right now . . . because, you know, he's going to go into Libya, he's not going to go into Libya — he wants Gadhafi to leave, but he doesn't really want to force it.
“On the economy, he's not going to push for a debt ceiling because that's a lack of leadership. Now he's pushing for it — and we're going to have Armageddon if we don't,” Huckabee added. “He’s all over the map, and I think that it’s that lack of clarity and focus, and really just attention to what's really on fire in this country, that’s giving Donald Trump an extraordinary platform. And I think it’s going to be good for the overall race.”
Van Susteren asked whether his comments indicate he is “a definite no for the race for 2012?”
“No, I'm . . . seriously considering it — and as I've said all along: My decision will be made this summer — I'm just not going to be pushed into making a decision earlier than I think is necessary,” he said. “If people look at the calendar, they're going to see this whole thing starts later than it did four years ago. It's going to last longer because you don't have a front-loaded primary system.
“And it's going to be a very challenging environment, and I think the earlier one goes out, it's just going to be that much more expensive.”
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