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After weeks of keeping himself in the headlines and growing more explicit about his intentions to run for president in 2012, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee touted himself as the Republican front-runner, The Hill reports. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Huckabee attempted to remain elusive about his presidential ambitions, but showed he is closely watching his poll numbers.

"I end up leading a lot of the polls," Huckabee said. "I'm the Republican that clearly at this point does better against Obama than any other Republican." About his presidential run, Huckabee added: "I haven't closed the door. I think that would be foolish on my part, especially when poll after poll shows that there is strong sentiment out there."

The 2012 Republican presidential field could also include Mitt Romney, who led early polling until Huckabee overtook him in April, and Sarah Palin. Huckabee said Sunday that he has "no doubt" Romney will be running, and praised both of his potential opponents. He said Romney has money and organization on his side, while Palin has "fire and energy" and fervent support from the Republican base.

Huckabee, who hosts a weekend show on the Fox News Channel, has kept up a steady stream of political pronouncements since he lost the 2008 primary to John McCain. Earlier this month, he received extensive coverage after a profile in The New Yorker quoted him cracking jokes about sex with former White House correspondent Helen Thomas and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and calling gay sex "icky."

"The only thing worse than a torrid affair with sweet, sweet Nancy would be a torrid affair with Helen Thomas," Huckabee joked in an e-mail to the magazine's reporter, Ariel Levy. "If those were my only options, I'd probably be for same-sex marriage!"

In April, Huckabee faced what was seen as a setback to his presidential hopes when a man he had pardoned in Arkansas killed four police officers in Washington state. Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence wrote that it was "almost inconceivable" that Republican voters would unite behind Huckabee after the slayings.

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andrc657

Sadly Huckabee has become a purveyor of misinformation at FOX NEWS.

June 28 2010 at 2:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kat2988

I like him, he's alright but he lost last time so why keep running. Republican party better be careful this will be the next POTUS after all.

June 28 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
barnardb3

Mitt Romney will win the GOP primary in 2012. He could beat Obama as long as Sarah Palin isn't on the ticket. Every comedian and talk show host will eliminate any chance of a republican winning the election if she is on the ticket. They did it in 2008 and they will again.

June 28 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
oldhorsema

Incredible that FOX News is having one of it's employees as a leading presidential contender but then again Huckabee isn't the only one. He's competing with his colleagues Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. Whomever these Republicans choose from this sorry mess of individuals will guarantee reelection for President Obama

June 28 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Vette-Man

That is the most honest Man in politics. Wish He would run !

June 28 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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jbahllywd2

LOL! Obviously you don't know much about Huckabee and his wife.

June 28 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
polishbear

Mike Huckabee's disdain for Gay Americans is well-documented. But I still have to wonder what Constitutional justification he could possibly give for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the exactly same legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

Religious beliefs are irrelevant, because (1) the United States is not theocracy, and (2) churches will continue to be free to conduct or deny ceremonies to whomever they want.

Procreation and parenting are irrelevant, since couples do not have to marry to have children, and the ability or even desire to have children is not a prerequisite for getting a marriage license.

This is simply a matter of equal treatment under the law.

Until Huckabee can be more accomodating of the Gay Americans he wants to represent, he's not going to get any of our votes, nor will he get too many votes from the friends, family members, and co-workers who support us.

June 28 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Kenneth

I can understand your point about gay couples. I am straight but I have no problem with gay couples.
the problem I see is the gay community wants the federal government to pass legislation to give them the same rights and benefits as straight couples I do not have a problem but I do think that is a state issue.

June 28 2010 at 10:51 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Chris

As a gay man I support you on the marriage issue but that time will come. There are bigger issues facing this country than gay marriage right now.

June 28 2010 at 11:59 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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