Mike Huckabee Teases ‘Very Important Announcement’ Coming On Saturday

May 13, 2011 10:20am

ABC News’ Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:

UPDATED: Former Arkansas governor and potential presidential aspirant Mike Huckabee is telling a radio audience on Friday that he plans to make “a very important announcement” over the weekend.

“This weekend be sure to catch my Fox News television show,” Huckabee says. “A very important announcement coming this Saturday.”

Huckabee did not elaborate on the nature of the announcement, which he teased on his syndicated radio program “The Huckabee Report.”

“I’m not exactly sure what the content’s going to be,” Hogan Gidley, the executive director of Huckabee's political action committee, told ABC News. “He doesn’t go around throwing around a big announcement for nothing.”

Huckabee hosts an eponymous program on Fox every weekend.

Adding to the intrigue, he advised his followers on Twitter Friday morning “to check my media schedule for today and the weekend.” 

That schedule includes a series of Fox News appearances, including a spot on “Your World” with Neil Cavuto Friday afternoon, a segment on the "The O'Reilly Factor” in the evening and another on "Follow The Money" with Eric Bolling on the Fox Business Network.

Saturday morning he will be on “Fox and Friends” and his show, “Huckabee,” airs at 8:00 p.m. ET that night.

The former governor, who sought the Republican nomination in 2008, has not set a definite timeline for announcing his decision on a presidential bid, but advisers have said it could come within weeks or he may wait until later in the summer to make his intentions known.

Last week, the executive director of Huckabee’s political action committee, HuckPAC, pushed back on reports that Huckabee was under pressure from Fox News to decide sooner.

“The governor has been clear — his timeline for a decision is this summer and that has not changed,” Huckabee spokesman Hogan Gidley said. “Fox is aware of the governor’s timetable and he is aware of his limitations in considering another run.”

Political odds-makers have speculated that Huckabee would stay out of the 2012 race, preferring to continue his lucrative media career, but privately confidants of the former governor have let it be known that he has been keeping the door open.

He sits at or near the top of many Republican primary polls. In last month’s ABC News-Washington Post poll, Huckabee came in third with 6 percent support, behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and billionaire Donald Trump. Polls in several of the early nominating states also show Huckabee in a strong position should he decide to run.

ABC's Jeffrey T. Fizgerald and Jim Nedelka contributed to this post.  

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