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REFILE-Huckabee looks again at Republican presidential bid

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:22 GMT
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By Kim Dixon

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray, two sources who have spoken with Huckabee told Reuters.

The former Arkansas governor, who made a splash by winning the Iowa caucuses as a candidate in 2008, announced last May on his Fox News show that he would not enter the race.

But the conservative Huckabee, who appeals to evangelical Christians and is seen as an effective campaigner, is taking another look at jumping in, said the two sources, who are close to Huckabee. They spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

"He is entertaining the request for conversations about it," one of the sources said. "I do not think it is a complete 100 percent 'I'm reconsidering' but he hasn't shut the door on it."

One of the sources said Huckabee was urged to enter after the recent stumbles of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who appeals to a similar right wing of the Republican party.

Huckabee is a former Baptist minister and takes solid right positions on matters important to the Republican base -- including abortion and gay marriage. (Reporting by Kim Dixon and Patricia Zengerle, Editing by Mary Milliken)

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