FACEBOOK POSTING (see
from Mike Huckabee)
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 5:56pm
Statement From Mike Huckabee
The pundits and members of the political class who have spoken with
certainty about my decision to run or not for President in 2012 are
amusing if not amazing to think that they knew what even I didn’t know
until late this week. The past few months have been times
personal reflection. Even though I wasn’t actively establishing a
campaign organization or seeking financial support to run again, polls
have consistently put me at or near the top to be the Republican
nominee. When possible candidates were discussed in the media and
despite polls that showed me in the lead, my name would often go
unmentioned while a candidate barely registering single digits was
touted as a “front-runner.” I found comfort that the nomination
not be made by commentators, columnists, or consultants, but by the
rank and file voters in the Republican primary, and their support is
strong and has been growing.
Concerns that I had about
raising the necessary funds to be competitive or being able to win in
states outside the South were answered when signs of strong financial
support materialized and when polls showed me winning in states like
Pennsylvania, Maine, and even New Jersey. That kind of shattered
notion that I was only a regional candidate or only supported by social
I had not done much toward a race because
my life was filled with work that I truly love here at Fox News, doing
radio commentaries on my daily Huckabee Report on 600 radio stations,
traveling the country for speaking engagements, and helping good
conservative, pro-life candidates who were running for office.
people probably thought about it more than I did.
have an issue with my family being supportive. My wife actually
encouraged me to do it, despite knowing full well it would subject her
and the rest of the family to brutal and savage personal attacks.
adult children have also made it clear they would be with me no matter
When people asked me what it would take for me to
run, I would tell them the same thing---pray for me to have clarity in
the decision. I don’t expect everyone to understand this, but I’m
believer and follower of Jesus Christ. That relationship is
important to me than any political office. For me, the decision
ultimately not a political one, a financial one, or even a practical
one ---it’s a spiritual one.
The past few weeks, the
external signs and signals and answers to many of the obstacles point
strongly toward running. When I am with people encouraging me to
it’s easy to feel the strength of their partnership and commitment to
help me to the finish line. Only when I was alone, in quiet and
reflective moments did I have not only clarity, but an inexplicable
inner peace—a peace that exceeds human understanding. All the
say GO, but my heart says NO. And that is the decision I have
in it have finally found resolution. I don’t fully understand it
myself—but I’m sure the pundits will. But I know that under the
of circumstances, being President is a job that takes one to the limit
of his or her human capacity. For me, to do it apart from an
confidence that I was undertaking it with God’s full blessing is
unthinkable. I can’t know or predict the future, but I know for
answer is clear and firm. I will not seek the Republican
for President this year. I will gladly continue doing what I do
helping others in their campaigns for Congress, governorships, and
other positions. I’ll certainly give more detail about this
in due time and especially to those who have faithfully and so
sacrificially been part of the process. I know I will
disappoint many people I love. So many good and dear people have
forth extraordinary effort without any assurance I would mount a
campaign. It pains me to let them down. I also know
my decision will
delight just as many who aren’t that fond of me. I am eternally
grateful for the faithful support of my wife, children and real friends
who promised to stand with me no matter what. I had come to
would be in the race for President. I won’t be. But I will
be re-dedicating myself to standing for and communicating the
principles of common sense, Constitutional government, and civil
discourse that I believe are critical to the survival of our great
Republic. From New York, This is MH, goodnight God bless, and
back next week.
Ed. Although Huckabee didn't know until
last week there were quite a few signs that he was unlikely to run,
notably his seeming happiness with his current activities and the fact
that key people from his 2008 campaign had signed on with other
hopefuls (for example Eric Woolson and Wes Enos in Iowa and Cliff Hurst
in New Hampshire). For supporters this will no doubt be
disappointing. For example, Stuck On
Huck, launched by Dan and
Dave Davidson in Iowa on April 1, had been engaging in activities such
as a weekly online radio show and publishing an e-book "More Than 57
Reasons Mike Huckabee Should Become President" and was planning a Stuck
On Huck Pledge Vote Rally for the American Institute of Business
College in Des Moines along with "Virtual House Party" gatherings in
the 50 states on June 4.
HUNTSMAN rec'd 5:56 p.m.
from Jon Huntsman on Mike Huckabee's Announcement
Jon Huntsman released the following statement regarding Mike Huckabee's
decision not to run for President:
country has been very fortunate to have Mike Huckabee as a leader and
public servant. His commitment to this country and its core values --
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness -- is a model to which
all elected officials should aspire. It is unfortunate that we will not
have his voice -- or his bass guitar --
in the presidential debate, as our party would have benefited from his
involvement. Yet I'm confident that he will continue to be a positive
force in the national conversation no matter his future endeavors and I
look forward to his continued friendship."
rec'd 5:59 p.m.
Statement by Gov.
Pawlenty on Gov. Huckabee’s Announcement
Huckabee is a friend and colleague, and an important leader within the
Republican Party. Mike and I agree our nation is facing big
and desperately needs new leadership, and I plan to work hard to earn
the support of the millions of Americans who have supported him. Mary
and I wish Mike and Janet all the best."
SANTORUM rec'd 6:25 p.m.
Santorum Comments on Governor Huckabee's Decision to
Not Run for President
PA - Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement
regarding Governor Mike Huckabee's announcement that he will not run
for President in 2012:
"I have long admired Governor Huckabee
and his commitment to talking about the critical issues facing
of us who believe in the virtues and values of life and family can
never have enough allies, and I am grateful to Governor Huckabee for
helping to keep those issues front and center. As some in
our party seek to form a 'truce' on social issues, I look forward to a
dialogue with Governor Huckabee and his supporters to talk of our
shared commitment to fight for traditional values and the rights
granted to us by our forefathers. Finally, I was particularly moved by
his honesty in revealing the reason for his decision. He above
all prayerfully sought God's will for his life."
GINGRICH rec'd 6:51 p.m.
Gingrich Statement on Mike Huckabee Decision
Mike Huckabee emerged in 2008 as a new star for the Republican Party
and the conservative movement. Over the last 3 years he has used
gifts to create a popular Fox News TV show, produce an amazingly
successful radio commentary, write best-selling books, and deliver
thought provoking speeches. All have increased his stature and
Governor Huckabee decided to run, there is no question he would have
been a frontrunner in the 2012 campaign for president. He has
that prominence without a campaign simply based on his personal appeal
and the attractiveness of his views and his character.
statement tonight emphasized the spiritual dimension of his life and
his decision process. It is a wonderful example for all Americans
someone trying to do the right thing.
Huckabee will remain a major force for conservatism and he will play a
major role in shaping America's future. Callista and I wish him
his family a wonderful, happy, and successful future.