Ex-Arkansas Guv Huckabee predicts Palin win in 2012

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Des Moines (Iowa, US), - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee believes that if former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin jumps into the 2012 Republican presidential primary, “she may run away with it.”

Huckabee made the remarks in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was in town to headline a meeting of evangelical conservatives.

“No question, she will be a very, very strong presence and force, if she gets in,” Huckabee was quoted by the Des Moines Register, as saying.

The 2012 Republican nominating contest remains an open field, and speculation continues to mount that Palin will make a serious run for the presidency.

She is scheduled to make two stops in Iowa in the coming weeks to promote her new book, “America by Heart.”

Two of her aides are searching for possible office space in Iowa to occupy in the coming year, the Guardian reports.

Huckabee, who won the Iowa Republican caucus in 2008, joked Sunday, “If I get in, I prefer she not and that she endorse me.”

The former governor of Arkansas also speculated more seriously about starting his own 2012 presidential campaign, the Register reports.

“I’m not on a timetable. I’m not on somebody’s calendar to say this is the time when I have to decide,” he said.

“Am I keeping the option open? Yes. Am I open to it, considering it and giving-you know-thought? Of course. I think it would be foolish not to in light of having been through it, understanding what it’s about.” (ANI)

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