Pro-Life Stalwart Mike Huckabee Leaving Fox News for Possible Presidential Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 5, 2015   |   11:06AM   |   Washington, DC

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.

Already, pro-life Kentucly Senator Rand Paul is making waves about running and pro-life physician Ben Carson ran a video last weekend on television touting himself as a possible candidate. Other potential candidates include pro-life elected officials like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and many others.

Huckabee released a video talking about his decision to leave Fox News to ponder a bid for the Republican nomination.

huckab8“Yesterday was the last edition of Huckabee on the Fox News Channel. It has been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn’t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life,” he said.

“There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them,” Huckabee continued. “The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support.”

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The pro-life former governor said: “As much as I have loved doing the show, I love my country more, and feel that it may be time for me to leave a zone of comfort to engage in the conflicts that have almost destroyed the bedrock foundations of America. I feel compelled to ascertain if the support exists strongly enough for another Presidential run. So please keep me in your prayers and thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.”

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.