There was much speculation during the 2012 cycle that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee may leave his Fox News show to launch a presidential bid. At that time, the rumors didn’t come to pass but 2016 looks like a different story. The announcement of his parting with Fox, which came on January 3, 2015, is effective immediately.
Report from CNN:
Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, is ending his weekend program on Fox News — effective immediately — as he contemplates another run for president.
“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,” Huckabee wrote in a letter to supporters Saturday evening released before his show started airing.
“The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support,” he added.
On his Saturday night program, titled “Huckabee,” he said goodbye to viewers while insisting he hadn’t made up his mind yet about actually running.
He put it this way: “As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another presidential run. Oh, to be clear, I’m not making that announcement right now.”
More than likely, he’s running. He mulled it over in 2012 and decided not to take the gamble. For him to leave his generous gig at Fox News means he wants to become a candidate again.