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Mike Huckabee: Heading to Iowa while ducking questions about 2012

Jake Turcotte

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By Dave Cook

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is ducking questions about whether he will run again for president – but is heading to Iowa Thursday on a book tour.

During a Washington breakfast with reporters on Wednesday, Gov. Huckabee was coy about whether he would be a candidate in four years.  “I don’t know whether or not I have a political future or not,” he said.   Given life’s uncertainties, a conversation on the topic is “completely meaningless,” he said.

Huckabee’s trip to Des Moines and Cedar Rapids is part of a 56-city tour to sell his new book “Do the Right Thing.”   The book looks back at his 2008 bid for the presidency in which Huckabee won the leadoff caucuses in Iowa and seven other states.

His Iowa victory was spurred by support from the state’s influential religious conservatives.  He dismissed suggestions his trip to Iowa would let him shore up support with social conservatives who might now find Sarah Palin more appealing as a presidential candidate in 2012.  “People who say that are just looking for a story to write,” Huckabee told the Associated Press.

While careful in his comments about 2012, Huckabee was blunt about a variety of other topics during breakfast with reporters at the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill.

At the gathering Huckabee admitted to being envious about Palin’s rapid rise to prominence as a result of being picked as Senator John McCain’s running mate.  It “is not resentment,” he said.

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