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Is "Mike Huckabee author" a warm-up act for "Mike Huckabee candidate"?

Huckabee fends off candidacy questions at a Monitor Breakfast saying now is the time to "wait."

By / February 23, 2011

Huckabee's new book - released this month – is sounding to some like a campaign blueprint.

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Is it just a coincidence that Mike Huckabee will kick off the tour for his new book, "A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion that We Don't)" in Iowa this Sunday? If this were a storyline on NCIS, the answer would be no.

In November 2009, Huckabee appeared at a Monitor Breakfast at a moment when he was pitching his last book, "A Simple Christmas." Huckabee insisted at that time that the book tour was not setting the stage for a 2012 presidential run. He said that he wouldn't focus on his political future until 2010 was over, adding that (at the time) it was "ridiculous to speculate about 2012 now."

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Fast forward 18 months. Huckabee today appeared at another Monitor breakfast. His recent e-mail to supporters about his book ("Just when I think the Obama Administration can’t possibly pile on more debt, more job-killing regulations, and more intrusions into our private lives, they surprise me. So I decided to sum up why I disagree with them about spending, taxes, health care, immigration, terrorism… and just about every other issue") sure has the sound of a campaign trail speech.

But when asked at today's Monitor breakfast about the chance of a 2012 candidacy, Huckabee was not yet ready to jump. His non-denial denial: "I'd be smart to wait."

Marjorie Kehe is the Monitor book editor.

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