On Thursday, syndicated radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham called former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) “a formidable voice” in the conservative movement–but said it would be “a little hard” for him to secure the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Last weekend, Huckabee announced he was leaving Fox News to consider a run for president; he will make a decision by late spring.
Ingraham appeared on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday, where she asserted that, “There is some demoralization going on in the social conservative community.”
That having been said, Huckabee is a formidable voice, I mean he’s a great speaker. I think he should have gone and been senator from Arkansas. I think he would have had a better platform probably to run for president than just as a talk show host. It’s a little hard.
“He has an ability to speak to the people,” Ingraham added. “We have a spiritual deficit.” But she also cautioned that Huckabee would have to answer for his record and contend with governors currently in office:
Show me the pathway to the nomination for Mike Huckabee. As powerful of a speaker, and I think… a strong record as governor from Arkansas. There’s some tax issues probably that are gonna come back to bite him, but that was litigated in 2008.
Ingraham continued, “People like the new thing, right? They like the new thing. So maybe it’s a [Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker. Maybe it’s a [Ohio Governor John] Kasich, [Indiana Governor Mike] Pence. Those guys…or [New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie.”
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The ReaClearPolitics average Friday showed former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., leading potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates with 17 percent. Christie followed with 11.2 percent, ahead of Rep. Paul Ryan with 10 percent, Sen. Rand Paul with 8.6 percent, and Huckabee with 8 percent.