ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports:
Mike Huckabee shot down rumors circulating today that he is reconsidering his decision not to jump into 2012 presidential race, but stopped short of issuing an unequivocal “no.”
In an interview this afternoon with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Huckabee said: “I’m not having any meetings, I’m not talking to anybody. I’m happy with the decision that I’ve made.”
But he conceded, “There are people who have been talking to me and encouraging me since I announced that I wasn’t and before.”
Under what conditions would he get in?
“If somebody comes and puts $50 million in front of me and says, ‘Here, everybody else has quit, and here’s the money to get started,’” Huckabee said. “Call me with that one, but that hasn’t happened.”
Cavuto pressed him: “But you will not enter the race?”
“I don’t see it happening,” Huckabee said. “I mean, if somebody sees something I don’t see — it’s all over the blogs, people are talking about it. It’s news to me that I’m sitting down, plotting my comeback ’cause I don’t see the pathway financially and organizationally to get there.”
Recall that back in May, Huckabee announced he wouldn’t enter the race.
“All the factors say go, but my heart says no,” Huckabee said on May 14. “My answer is clear and firm: I will not seek the Republican nomination for president this year.”
Does he think it is too late for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie to get into the presidential running?
“I think it’s still possible for him to get in,” Huckabee said, “but the window is closing in large measure because this is not a nomination that is going to be made in New York and New Jersey, where the pressure for Christie to get in is taking place.”
Huckabee said that the push for Christie to jump in is not a national push but rather more of a Northeast phenomenon.
“He doesn’t have any contacts, he doesn’t have any structure,” in some of the key early primary states, said Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.
Huckabee will have presidential candidate Mitt Romney as a guest on his own Fox News show Saturday night at 8 p.m. The interview was pre-taped today.
“He’s much more comfortable this time,” than during the last election cycle, Huckabee said of Romney. “He’s not as frantically trying to make everybody happy with him, and I think that’s given him a new strength.”