Politics

Mike Huckabee Won't Run for President ... If Jeb Bush Runs

Former Arkansas Governor turned Fox News host (and now Florida resident) Mike Huckabee says he won't run for President in 2012. Well, he won't if former Florida Governor Jeb Bush decides to run. Huckebee came out of national obscurity to place second in the 2008 Republican Primary, and is widely expected to make a bid again in 2012. Which he probably will considering Jeb Bush has denied time and time again that he'll ever run for President.


"Having gone through the process before and knowing just what it entails, it's not a decision I'll make lightly," Huckabee tells The National Journal. "If I did run, I do think I would have very significant strength going into it. The real question for me is, do I get through the nomination process?"

Other familiar names are also expected to mount a bid in 2012 as well, including Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. Though, only one person would keep Huckabee out of the race altogether, and that's Jeb.

"I love Jeb, I think he's brilliant," Huckabee says. "He could certainly raise the money, and I think he'd clear the deck."

Jeb Bush however has made a veritable career out of claiming he's not running for President. So either Jeb Bush is a giant liar, or Mike Huckabee is totally running for President. Maybe he can get Jeb's politically adopted son Marco Rubio to be his Veep candidate though.

[NationalJournal: Huckabee: Obama 'Amateurish,' Jeb Bush 'Brilliant' via The Buzz]

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Kyle Munzenrieder