Huckabee considering 2016 presidential run

Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he was considering pursuing the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and will decide after the 2014 election.

Huckabee, 58, a Fox News political commentator, said on "Fox News Sunday" in response to a question about his possibility of running that "at this point, it is 50/50...I'll just keep that option open and make a decision after the 2014 election."

He also was critical in President Barack Obama's modifications to the Affordable Care Act, pointing out, "It's not working very well, especially for people who had insurance and who would like what they had. They were promised they could keep it. We now know that was not true."

Huckabee added Obama is the "holder of the 'Lie of the Year' from PolitiFact," a newspaper fact-checking service, and said "the priority (of the Affordable Care Act) should have been to deal with the 15 percent of people who didn't have insurance, rather than disrupt the system for the 85 percent who did and were largely satisfied."

Referring to "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson's suspension from his popular television over recent anti-gay remarks made in a magazine interview, Huckabee decried political correctness that obliges anyone with "a point of view that is traditional, that holds to steadfast, old-fashioned Christian values, which are also, by the way, values of traditional Judaism and even Islam, that somehow you're supposed to shut up and keep that to yourself."

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