Mike Huckabee announced last night on his radio show that he will not be seeking the Republican presidential nomination in the 2012 election.
The former governor of Arkansas conceded he believed he’d have been “a fine president,” but ultimately felt that the move was not right for him. Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Huckabee mused:
“It really came down for me to a very personal, a very intimate, and as I explained last night, a spiritual decision,” Huckabee said during an appearance on Fox, where he has his own show.
“You look at the political possibilities – frankly I don’t know that I’ll have a better chance, but I don’t rule anything out for the long-term future,” he said. “But I just somehow believed deep within me that it wasn’t the right time, it wasn’t meant to be.”
Huckabee declined to endorse any one candidate just yet, but did comment on Mitt Romney:
“There’s been a lot of talk about Mitt Romney and me, and we don’t socialize together, we’re not close in personal ways,” Huckabee said. “But I want to make it very clear today – if Mitt Romney is the nominee for our party, I will support him because I believe Mitt Romney would be a better president of the United States than Barack Obama on any day. Whether he is my first choice, I will support him if he is our nominee, and he very well may be.”