Move over Chris Christie. Mike Huckabee, Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor who declined to again run for the GOP nomination in 2012, may want another crack at the White House, Reuters reported.
Huckabee, who made a failed attempt in 2008 after a surprise victory in the Iowa caucuses, announced on his Fox News show in May his decision to forego another run.
But he is entertaining the request for conversations about joining a pack of candidates that have yet to excite the Republican Party base, a source told Reuters Friday. Another source told Reuters that Huckabee has been urged to run after campaign stumbles of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
A senior official with the Arkansas governor's political action committee, HuckPAC, rebutted the report to The Hill, saying that Huckabee is content with sitting out of the 2012 campaign.
The Reuters report comes as attention turned to Christie, a first-term New Jersey governor who repeatedly rebuffed requests to run for president, even going so far as to say he would have to commit suicide to prove he was serious about avoiding the race.
A Friday Rasmussen Reports poll indicated that Christie would enter the race in a decent position to take on President Barack Obama, with the Republican governor down a point, 44-43, in a hypothetical matchup.