Mike Huckabee, the pro-life advocate who ran for president in 2008 and is the former Arkansas governor, says he will put together a presidential campaign for 2012 if he sees a pathway to victory.
Huckabee told WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa, where he won the 2008 presidential caucus vote, that he would consider running if he thought he could capture the nomination to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
“I’m not ruling it out. And that’s not a yes, but it’s definitely not a no,” Huckabee told WHO’s Steve Deace.
“The honest answer is: I’m keeping it open as an option, I’m looking at whether or not there’s a pathway to victory,” he added. “As I’ve told several people, I’m not jumping into a pool when there’s no water in it.”
While he ponders running, Huckabee is laying the foundation necessary for a presidential bid by speaking to important organizations in the first presidential battleground. On Sunday, he will deliver a speech at the Iowa Family Policy Center’s “Celebrate the Family” event.
At the gathering of pro-life, pro-family advocates, Huckabee will, according to a copy of the speech CNN obtained, deliver an address about family values in light of the current economy and growth in government.
“Statistics show poverty is largely the result of the traditional family’s decline. When children grow up in homes where the mother and father don’t work, don’t have an education and are solely on government assistance – then everyone involved becomes trapped in a devastating cycle of poverty,” Huckabee will say.
Recent polls show Huckabee is one of four candidates — including Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich — who are leading the potential Republican race for nomination in most states around the country.
Also, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released after the elections, found only Huckabee and Romney able to defeat Obama in a hypothetical matchup.
Huckabee leads Obama 52-44 percent, while Romney has a 50-45 point advantage.
Obama leads Palin, the pro-life former governor Alaska and former John McCain running mate, 52-44. Obama also holds a 49-47 percent margin over pro-life former House Speaker Gingrich.
When it comes to surveying Republicans on the candidates they most want to see represent the party against the pro-abortion president, 21 percent want Huckabee to be the nominee while 20 percent support Romney. Fourteen percent say they support Palin and 12 percent back Gingrich.