Former Arkansas Gov.
In an email to supporters and in comments at the close of his weekly show, Huckabee alluded to tensions inherent in approaching potential donors and backers for a presidential campaign while holding a high-profile post on a news channel. He suggested at one point that Fox had nudged him to depart or forswear a White House bid, saying he agreed with the network that "this is the right thing and now is the right time."
"There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for president," Huckabee said. "If I were willing to absolutely rule that out, I could keep doing this show. But I can't make such a declaration. 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 nor is it possible for me to openly determine political and financial support to justify a race. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox."
He closed his six-and-a-half-year talk show tenure with a plug for his upcoming book — "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy" — and added: "I say goodbye, but as we say in television: stay tuned. There's more to come."
His strong suggestion of a pending campaign was a turnaround from the last political cycle, when Huckabee considered a second consecutive bid but ultimately announced, from the same perch, that he would "gladly" continue on television rather than seek the presidency.
"All the factors say go, but my heart says no," Huckabee told viewers then.
In his 2008 campaign, Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, parlayed his connections among the strongly religious voters in Iowa’s start-off caucuses. He won seven other contests, mostly in the South, but ultimately lost the nomination to Arizona Sen.
Huckabee’s Saturday announcement did little to clarify the potentially crowded Republican field for 2016. Former Florida Gov. Jeb
Others pondering whether to run include Florida Sen.
Were he to run, Huckabee’s impact could be felt most acutely by a candidate such as former Pennsylvania Sen.
The Democratic contest, at least at this early and hypothetical stage, has been dominated by former Secretary of State, New York Sen. and First Lady
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