The first presidential primary is still about a year away, but the endless speculation over who will throw their hat in the ring for the Republican side is in full force. Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Donald Trump, and Mike Huckabee, among many others, have been floated as possible contenders. Palin has toyed around with the idea offering no definitive answers. Bachmann and Trump both said they will decide by summer. Huckabee has stated he believes it is “stupid” to enter the race too early.
“I think it is stupid to get in too early,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told a small group of reporters who stayed to talk after a briefing organized by the Christian Science Monitor. “This could be a protracted event,” Huckabee said. “How can you sustain this thing for a long period of time?” Longer campaigns also require more funds to support them, the former governor observed, and money is tougher to come by in a broader field of candidates. He also noted how Obama’s incumbency will be difficult to beat. “He has got a clean shot all the way to November, doesn’t have to spend hardly anything. He gets to run around being president flying around on Air Force One for the first nine months of 2012 … making speeches, not even saying anything political, giving grants away, appointing people to things,” Huckabee said of Obama. “I’ve been an incumbent governor. It is a sweet gig, let me tell you. It is a whole lot better if you’ve got the job than if you just want to knock the guy out who has it.”
But, someone has entered the fray. The first official candidate to declare his intention to seek the GOP presidential nominee has been found. Andy Martin, the so-called “King of the Birthers,” released a campaign commercial already. Martin said, in a prepared statement, that his ad was going to be a “game changer” that will “initiate a process of undermining and delegitimizing Barack Obama” and potentially “bring Hillary Clinton back into presidential politics.” His ad is about Obama’s citizenship and nothing else. What a long two years it will be.
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- Mike Huckabee Preferred By Southern Republicans For 2012: Poll (huffingtonpost.com)
- Is Huckabee running?…. (tagg-lines.com)