Mike Huckabee Talks TV, Radio Career, Mulls Political Future

by Kate Knable  on Monday, May. 6, 2013 12:00 am  

Mike Huckabee said he has to consider how long it will take to make his daily radio program “hopefully disgustingly profitable.”

Pursuing public office again isn’t out of the question, but politics have also prepared him well for his current career, Huckabee said.

“Most people who are in the world of political commentary, they have observed it. They may have studied it. They may be very knowledgeable about it, but they’ve never actually been on the field and gotten dirty in their uniform. They’ve never played a single moment of smash-mouth football,” Huckabee said.

Many listeners his shows attract “have the perspective that I’m not just a predictable toady for the Republican Party, because sometimes I think the party has completely missed it,” he said. “I think they’ve maybe taken a position that’s too ideological, that’s completely impractical. And so that gives me, I think, a unique perspective to talk about it from the perspective of what it means to govern rather than just campaign.”

Huckabee’s shows benefit the Republican Party, both in Arkansas and nationally, according to party representatives.

“Governor Huckabee has been a strong voice for conservative values dating back to his days in public office,” said Ryan Mahoney, deputy press secretary for the Republican National Committee, in an email. “I think anytime you have a charismatic Republican leader who reaches so many homes and resonates with voters across the political spectrum, it’s good for the party.”

Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, called Huckabee “one of the best communicators in the national party and certainly in the state of Arkansas.”

“Gov. Huckabee has the ability to speak and use examples that most people understand and identify with and is therefore a great translator of many of our initiatives and policies,” Webb said. “Both nationally and locally, his programs help communicate who the Republican Party is, what we stand for and what we hope to see America become.”



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