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News to Me': Mike Huckabee Shoots Down Latest 2012 Presidential Rumors


"It's news to me that I'm sitting here plotting my comeback."

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee quashed new rumors he is thinking about joining the 2012 GOP presidential race. (Photo credit: Reuters)

Political rumors ignited Friday after a report emerged that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was thinking about jumping into the 2012 presidential race.

But the former GOP candidate sat down with Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto to say that simply isn't the case.

"It's news to me that I'm sitting here plotting my comeback," Huckabee said.

According to Reuters, two anonymous sources said Huckabee had been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with an underwhelming GOP field and was considering joining the race himself.

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

Reuters reported that one of the sources said Huckabee was urged to enter after recent concern about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his performance in the last Republican presidential debate and a slide in the polls.

Huckabee announced in May on his Fox News show that he would not enter the race.

"I'm happy with the decision I've made," Huckabee reiterated to Cavuto Friday, noting in particular he didn't see how it would be feasible financially.

Prior to Huckabee's television appearance, a senior official with his HuckPAC told The Hill there were no truth to the new rumors.

"The governor is still content with his decision to stay out of the race," the official said.

Huckabee had some early successes in the 2008 race for the GOP presidential nomination, including winning the Iowa caucus. He dropped out in March 2008 after Arizona Sen. John McCain clinched the nomination.

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