Mike Huckabee Quits Fox, Exploring Possible 2016 Run


Governor Mike Huckabee is considering a run for president in 2016.  Huckabee’s Facebook page carried this message tonight:

This evening I wanted to share with you some news that is very personal to me. Because you have been such a good friend and a strong supporter of all my efforts, I wanted you to know first that tonight I will do more than just say goodnight on my Fox show. I will say goodbye.

This is the last edition of Huckabee on the Fox News Channel. It has been the ride of a lifetime, and I have never had so much fun in my life. But I also realize that God hasn¹t put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living, but rather has put me on earth to try to make a good life.

There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether I would run for President. I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them. The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support. As much as I have loved doing the show, I love my country more, and feel that it may be time for me to leave a zone of comfort to engage in the conflicts that have almost destroyed the bedrock foundations of America. I feel compelled to ascertain if the support exists strongly enough for another Presidential run. So as we say in television, stay tuned!

This move will only increase the speculation.  Would Mike Huckabee make a serious candidate for 2016?  With Jeb Bush a definite, and even Mitt Romney sending decidedly mixed signals (please, Mitt, don’t run!), the field may now include a number of familiar faces.  Although we can’t assume that this means Huckabee will run, we can take it as a sign that he’s got more than a passing interest.

The next few months will be fun to watch, as the money people and the idea people coalesce and build some initial momentum.  The great thing about the beginnings of campaigns is that anything can happen.  I, for one, would love to see Governor Huckabee run again, if to do nothing more than keep the RINOs honest.