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Mike Huckabee considering presidential bid

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee put his odds at running for president in 2016 at 50-50, saying in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that he would make his decision after the 2014 elections.

Huckabee hosts a television program on Fox News Channel and is planning to launch a news website, the Huckabee Post, in 2014. But the Republican confirmed that he is interested in a second White House bid. Huckabee ran in 2008 and surprised everyone by winning the Iowa caucuses before flaming out later on in the GOP primary contest.

“It would be a decision of the heart,” Huckabee said Sunday morning. “I’ve tried to be honest in all of my evaluations, not only back in 2011, but even now. So, when people ask me, are you open to the possibilities, the honest answer is, ‘yes.’ Does that mean I’m running? I don’t honestly know.”

Huckabee continued: “I think there is a lot of time between now and then, and frankly the Republicans have a strong stable of possible candidates. What I’m looking for is to figure out if it’s the right thing for me to do, and I’m not ready to make that decision. But I just don’t want to tell people, oh no, I wouldn’t even open my mind to it because that would be, frankly, dishonest at this point.”

Huckabee joins a healthy list of Republican governors and former state executives who are looking at the 2016 race; including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

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David M. Drucker

Senior Congressional Correspondent
The Washington Examiner