March 12, 2006 - Posted at 12:46 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Governor Huckabee on the ``skinny ticket''
for president? That's what U-S Senate minority leader Harry Reid
suggests. Reid said yesterday that Arkansas's Republican governor
has as good a shot as anybody right now at the presidency in 2008.
The Democratic leader was in Arkansas today as he makes what he
calls his ``red state tour.'' He was asked about Huckabee's
interest in running for chief executive.
Reid said, quote, ``He might as well join the crowd. There's no
frontrunner at this point,'' unquote. Reid said he didn't know
Huckabee. But he said, quote, ``I know he lost a lot of weight.
Maybe he can be on the skinny ticket,'' unquote
The Arkansas governor has gained national attention for his
105-pound weight loss, his health initiatives, and his chairmanship
of the National Governors Association. In the last few months, he
has traveled several times to New Hampshire, Iowa and other states
considered critical in the early stages of the presidential race.