The former Arkansas governor claims to be presently undecided on his plans for 2012, but also suggests that at least one presidential hopeful could keep him out of the field:
(Gov. Huckabee) said he would stay out of the race if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were to run.
“I love Jeb, I think he’s brilliant,” Huckabee said. “He could certainly raise the money, and I think he’d clear the deck.” He also said there are a lot of capable, qualified possible candidates who “aren’t the obvious ones.”
This is an astute observation by Gov. Huckabee, as all of the “obvious” candidates to whom he refers — candidates like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and the former governor himself, are losing to President Obama in most polls of likely general election voters. Given that the president is maintaining these leads despite an approval rating that has dropped into the lower 40s according to some polls, it is possible that the GOP is in need of a game-changing nominee in 2012, and one who can contrast the competing visions of Obama and the Republicans in a way that unites both GOP base voters and swing voters.