Mike Huckabee, the pro-life former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate is reportedly eying another bid for the GOP nomination for president. Huckabee, should he decide to run, would enter what is expected to be a crowded field.
The Washington Post reports on Huckabee’s thinking and evaluating:
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who turned his stunning victory in the 2008 Iowa caucuses into a thriving talk show career, is reconnecting with activists and enlisting staff to position himself in a growing field of potential Republican presidential candidates.
This week, Huckabee is leading more than 100 pastors and GOP insiders from early primary states on a 10-day overseas trip with stops in Poland and England.
Huckabee’s newly formed non-profit advocacy group, America Takes Action, has begun to serve as an employment perch for his political team, recently bringing on a number of experienced campaign operatives.
Advisers are already scouting real estate in Little Rock, Ark., for a possible presidential campaign headquarters.
Huckabee is scheduled to spend part of November holding private meetings with powerful GOP financiers in Las Vegas, New York, and California, gauging their interest in being bundlers for his possible campaign and asking for pledges of five-to six-figure donations to his aligned organizations. And he is planning two strategy sessions in December, in Little Rock and Destin, Fla., near his new Gulf Coast home, to discuss timing, potential staffing, and an opening pitch to voters.
In January, Huckabee will publish “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy,” his latest manifesto on politics and culture.
“His heart is into it,” his daughter and political confidant Sarah Huckabee told The Washington Post in an interview Tuesday. “He is personally engaged and more aggressive in taking on meetings. He can’t wait to get back to South Carolina and Iowa.”
Huckabee has been strongly and consistently pro-life over the years and has repeatedly said abortion is his number one political concern.
“For me this is an issue that — as I’ve said before — it transcends all of the political issues,” he’s said. “I’ve often said I would gladly lose an election before I would ever yield on the issue of the sanctity of human life.”
He’s also been outspoken against those who say the Republican Party should downplay pro-life issues.
“This is absolutely heartbreaking. And that one of our Republican ‘leaders’ would suggest this truce, even more so,” Huckabee said at the time. “Governor Daniels is a personal friend and a terrific Governor, and I’m very disappointed that he would think that pro-life and pro-family activists would just lie down.”
He said pro-life issues “are not bargaining chips nor or they political issues. They are moral issues.”
“I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and deficit spending though I believe in both and have done it as a governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization,” he said.