A Tale Of Two Mike Huckabees: Does He Really Think He Can Beat Obama?

Feb 23, 2011 12:51pm

ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:

It appears that once — and possibly future — presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is not only undecided about whether he should enter the 2012 Republican nominating contest, but also if he would be able to beat President Obama in the general election.

“I think he is going to be tough to beat,” Huckabee acknowledged in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday. “This race is going to be like climbing a ladder pointing toward you because Barack Obama is going to start this race with a billion dollars. He’s going to have no primary opponent.”

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But, in the space of just 24 hours, Huckabee sounded significantly more confident about his chances were he to face off against Obama two years from now.

“Here’s the reality: I think he can be beat” Huckabee told Sean Hannity. “I, frankly, think that I would be in a very good position to do it, because I believe that standing head-to-head with him, articulating the very clear, decisive difference between our positions would be a great contrast.”

He added, “It’s the process of getting to that nomination that’s tough.”

Huckabee is making the rounds this week as he starts a publicity tour for his new book, “A Simple Government.” The former Arkansas governor, who now hosts his own Fox News show, said he won’t be announcing a decision about his presidential ambitions until this summer and some of his comments reflect a striking ambivalence about embarking on another campaign.

“I love to campaign — it’s one of the things that I’d enjoy the most,” Huckabee said on a conference call with reporters on Monday, but when it comes to fundraising, he acknowledged, “that’s not what I do best.”

Huckabee said he will use his 41-city cross-country tour not only to sell books, but to meet with donors who could play a role in bankrolling a potential presidential campaign.

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