Huckabee says ousting of Iowa judges historic move
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday that Iowa voters likely launched a national movement when ousting three state Supreme Court justices who agreed with a decision to strike a ban on gay marriage.
Huckabee was in Des Moines courting evangelical conservatives who pushed him to victory in Iowa’s leadoff precinct caucuses in the last election.
"The significance and historic nature of the judicial elections here in Iowa were far bigger than the borders of Iowa," he said. "It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one that I think will give legs to a larger movement over the next few years."
Huckabee spoke to more than 1,000 evangelicals gathered at a massive church in Des Moines. The gathering marked the merger of a series of evangelical groups into a single organization known as The Family Leader, to be headed by veteran activist Bob Vander Plaats.
The merged group likely will play a crucial role in Iowa’s Republican politics, as the campaign for the state’s precinct caucuses begins to warm. And the former Baptist minister Huckabee is moving quickly to court the activists.
"This is a group of people with whom I am very comfortable and familiar," he said.
After winning Iowa’s precinct caucuses in the last election cycle, Huckabee quickly faded and he’s now working as a television and radio commentator. But he makes it clear he’s thinking of another run for the GOP presidential nomination.
"Am I keeping the option open? Yes," Huckabee said. "Am I open to considering it? Of course I am, I would be foolish not to in light of what I’ve been through."
He noted that he’s in a much different place than four years ago, when he said he was "an asterisk in the polls."
"This time in most of the national polls I’m either at the top or near the top and that certainly is a different position to be in," he said.
Huckabee said he wasn’t sure about a timetable for reaching a decision, but it’s likely that potential Republican candidates will begin making their intentions clear early next year. "Ask me in six months and I’ll have a clearer answer," he said.