Potential presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he is absolutely thrilled that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is not planning to seek re-election in Nevada.
"To borrow the name of a famous song for the Democrats, happy days are here again," said Huckabee while in Carson City to speak to the Nevada Republican Party’s Central Committee, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
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"I think it’s good because I believe Senator Reid was a major obstacle to good government, a major obstacle to working toward legislation that was doable. I’m hoping Nevada will send another Republican to the Senate."
last week that he will not seek re-election in 2016, saying that he wants to leave the Senate while he's still going strong.
"I want to be able to go out at the top of my game," said Reid,
who recently suffered a bad eye injury. "I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter."
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As for his own plans, Huckabee revealed that he will not be making a formal announcement about a possible run for the White House until later this spring. But the former Arkansas governor still wanted to tout his credentials for 2016.
He placed his resume above other past and present chief executives possibly seeking the presidency, such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, because he governed Arkansas for 10 years with an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature.
"It was tough sledding, but I learned how to govern," he said. "And that’s what I think I bring to the table. I learned how to govern and I never got less than 90 percent of my legislative package passed through the Legislature."
Huckabee, also a former Fox News talk show host, said that he had repeatedly run successful campaigns against the Bill and Hillary Clinton political machine in Arkansas, which has made him a force to be reckoned with, the newspaper reported.
"Nobody that I know in the entire country has repeatedly faced the Clinton political money and machinery," he said.
"Nobody had Bill and Hillary come into the state and campaign for their every opponent. I did. So nobody understands what it is like to go up against the Clinton monopoly like this guy right here. Been there, done that."
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