Arkansas Governor Considers Presidential Run

September 17, 2005 - Posted at 1:50 p.m. CDT

Des Moines,IA - Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is telling folks in Iowa that he's considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination. Huckabee is in Iowa for a couple of days, and appeared last night on Iowa Public Television's ``Iowa Press'' program.

He said he'll make a decision about a presidential run in about a year. He said, quote, ``What I really want to sort through in this process is would there be something unique that I would bring to the discussion,'' end quote.

During his visit to Iowa, Huckabee is scheduled to meet with Republican leaders and members of the state's influential Christian Coalition. Then he plans to attend a Polk County Republican picnic tonight. Huckabee is completing his second term as governor and can't run again, leading to speculation he'll either seek the G-O-P presidential nomination or run for the U-S Senate.

Huckabee is among a large field of potential candidates who have already begun courting activists in Iowa, where precinct caucuses open the nominating season. New York Governor George Pataki was in the state earlier in the week, while Kansas Senator Sam Brownbackwill join Huckabee at tonight's G-O-P picnic.

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