Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will appear tonight on Special Report, part of the Fox News Channel’s evening news lineup, to announce his plans for a presidential announcement. It’s not clear whether he will be announcing his candidacy, or simply announcing that he has decided to run and set a date for his formal announcement.

Report from the Washington Examiner:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is “moving toward” announcing his second bid for president Friday night, claiming that he will be better funded than in his 2008 run and that he stands out as the most-experienced of the nearly 20 candidates considering a bid.

“I think that there is a real challenge today in the dysfunctional environment of government as it is in Washington and clearly one of the reasons that I’m considering, contemplating and moving toward a decision,” he told a small group of reporters Friday morning.

Huckabee said he will announce his plans, either to run or when he will officially announce, on Fox where he had a TV show for years. He said he will reveal the news on “Special Report with Bret Baier,” the highly-acclaimed newshour.

“I’ll give you a little tip. If you will watch Bret Baier tonight there will be an indication on when an announcement will be forthcoming,” Huckabee teased, adding that he was asked by Fox to “come on and do it.”

Huckabee has held his top rating in several political polls and is expected to do well in the early states, including the Iowa caucus.

I’m thinking that a Friday evening cable newscast heading into a beautiful Spring weekend is not the best way to garner attention. However, I’m not paid to consult for any campaign and there’s probably a reason for that.

For eager viewers, Special Report with Bret Baier airs at 6pm ET on Fox News.


Per the Daytona Beach News Journal, Huckabee will deliver his presidential plans with an announcement on May 5:

Inching closer to a second try for president, Republican Mike Huckabee said Friday he would announce his intentions next month in Hope, Ark., the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

“I think it will be worth tuning in for,” Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and 2008 candidate, said in a brief Fox News interview. The event is scheduled for May 5.

Earlier, speaking to reporters in Washington, Huckabee signaled his likely candidacy, boasting of his continued support in early-voting Iowa and suggesting he was the best candidate to face the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

To plan an event from your hometown indicates to me a presidential run is likely. Add to that the language about being the only one to take on the Clinton machine and you’ve pretty much got a campaign theme. All that said, he claims that he hasn’t yet made up his mind.


  1. Huck may have hit on something. With a field of inexperienced kids, he can stand out as the adult. But the good thing for him is that his experience is completely outside of the Beltway. So he can be both older-and-wiser, and yet a virgin to polluted Potomac politics.

    Huck also has the best, most direct style–equal to Rand, but not as thin-skinned. I can guarantee you if he’s asked a question he doesn’t like, he won’t cry “poor me.” He’ll find a way to make it work for him.

      • And after I thought about it, I think Rand may be willing to take VP. Yes, he has ideals, but I think his primary goal is “higher” office. He’s young enough that he could run for pres in 2024. And after being Veep, he would have a lot more gravitas.

      • To have two heavy duty Christians on the same ticket at this time will never happen. Especially with PC persecution of Christians. Obama will have to be out of office at least a term to give Monotheistics all equal footing and prejudices. Huckabee will never garner enough support from the non-fundamentalists.

        • I dunno. I wouldn’t call Rand a “heavy-duty” Christian. He’s known mostly as a fiscal conservative/libertarian.

          And while Huck is a bible-thumper, he doesn’t thump his bible over yer head. (I never watched his TV show, so I’m just going by his behavior in 2012.)

          • Paul has strong Christian values but leans into Libertarian for implementation by government. Huck does promote his Christian values and everyone from RINO over to secular liberal won’t get on board with him.

  2. Proselytizing Huck should announce he won’t run — ’cause there are way too many losers like him, already trying….

    It’s Patriot Rand Paul vs Neocon-scum Jeb Bush — the rest are just fillers….

    What should be the topic: Which Dem will run against Rand Paul…since by now it is obvious that it won’t be Hillary (dirty laundry is catching up, and no matter how much the Main Stream Media tries to prop her up, it will only backfire)!

    quote from above:

    “But that set the stage for another back door purchase of American
    influence, where similar types of funny money sources are flowing into
    prestigious foundations — and yes, including those of a past president,
    the Clinton Foundation.”

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