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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee decided to just say “no” to a Presidential run, leaving the right wing of the Republican Party with one less candidate and no clear voice among those remaining.
“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said on his Fox News Channel show Saturday night.
Huckabee, a Baptist minister, decided to stick with a lucrative career in television and radio but insisted he could have won if he had decided to run.
He joins Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Carolina Sen. John Thune and Indiana Congressman Mike Pence as potential candidates who decided to stay out of the 2012 Presidential race.
Huckabee’s departure leaves the race for the GOP Presidential nomination muddled at best and deprives the Christian right of the party with the candidate that most political professionals considered their best shot.
“Only when I was alone, in quiet and reflective moments, did I have not only clarity but an inexplicable inner peace,” Huckabee said on his TV show. “Being president is a job that takes one to the limit of his or her human capacity. For me, to do it apart from the inner confidence that I was undertaking it without God’s full blessing is simply unthinkable.”