by Lance Turner
Posted 12/17/2013 10:32 am
Updated 3 months ago
ABC News confirms suspicions, most recently raised by media news site Mediaite and retweeted by yours truly last week, that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is launching a news website called "The Huckabee Post."
One of the governor's sons, David Huckabee, tells ABC that the site will cover news, politics, sports and pop culture. It's set to launch in January.
Mike Huckabee quit his daily radio show earlier this month and, like he did in Arkansas Business' interview with him in May, has said he's still open to running for president.
Huckabee most recently confronted questions about his presidential plans last week in Little Rock at a meeting of the conservative American Renewal Project. According to the Washington Post's account of the event:
Mike Huckabee had wrapped up his speech Thursday night to an audience of politically active pastors and turned to questions. The first one came from a woman near the front: “Are you running?”
As the room erupted in whoops and applause, the former Arkansas governor smiled and said, “The Lord knows, but he’s not telling just yet.”
Speaking of the Post, political columnist Chris Cillizza weighed in yesterday on Huckabee's chances for 2016. Judging by Huckabee's past performance -- he of course sought the nomination in 2008 -- Cillizza doesn't see an easy path to victory for Huckabee next time around. The key issue is one that's dogged Huckabee for much of his political life: fundraising. He doesn't like doing it.
Those problems begin with Huckabee’s inability or disinterest — or some combination of both — to raise the tens of millions that will function as an opening bid for the nomination in two years time. For the totality of his 2008 race, Huckabee collected $16 million. By contrast, Mitt Romney raised almost $114 million ($44.6 million came from his own pocket). Longshot Ron Paul raised $35 million, more than double Huckabee’s total. Huckabee’s fundraising struggles in 2008 made it tough for him to build campaign organizations beyond Iowa, meaning that his victory in the first caucus translated into far less than it might have. Since leaving that race, Huckabee has done little to cultivate a donor network that would form the backbone of a race where he would need $30 million — at a minimum — to stay within shouting distance of the top tier candidates. And there’s no evidence that he will suddenly make doing so a priority.
Cillizza rounds up some other factors stacked against Huckabee. You can read the rest of the piece right here.