Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday that he’s evaluating the possible financial commitments needed to make another run at the White House.
Huckabee was in Davenport as part of a tour for his latest book, “A Simple Government — Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (And a Trillion We Don’t!)” Five other stops were planned in the state through Monday.
The Republican won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, but went on to lose the party’s presidential nomination to Sen. John McCain. He said last week that he has not yet made a choice whether to run again for president and expects it will be months before he reaches a decision.
Huckabee on Sunday defended his hesitation to jump into the race, the Quad-City Times reported. He told reporters in Davenport candidates who get in early have a long race ahead.
“It’s the difference between a boxer going 15 rounds and going eight. If you can condense it down to eight, you might have the juice to stay in it. If you have to go 15, you’d better have enough behind you to last that long,” he said.
Supporters who turned out for his book signing in Davenport urged him to commit. “You’ve got to run,” Juanita Castens, of Silvis, Ill., told Huckabee.
Meanwhile, Republican officials said Sunday that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich intends to take a formal step toward entering the 2012 presidential race within the next two weeks.
Among the other potential Republican presidential contenders are former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Also considering candidacies are Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and the party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Some of those potential candidates have increased their presence in Iowa or hired staff to be based there. Huckabee said Sunday that he’s taking similar steps.
“I’m talking to some folks,” he said. “It may not be as obvious.”