Huckabee: 'Important' announcement on TV show

May 13, 2011 - 11:44 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican Mike Huckabee, who is considering a second presidential run, said Friday that he planned a "very important" announcement on his Fox News Channel show this weekend

The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses told listeners of his radio program to watch his Fox show Saturday night. He also told his followers on Twitter to check out his media schedule in the coming days because he plans to make appearances on other Fox programs.

Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, has said he would decide this summer whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

A cable TV show with a limited audience is an unorthodox platform to announce a presidential bid, and even close advisers who were part of his last run are pleading ignorance about what Huckabee will say.

"You'll just have to tune in like everyone else," said Hogan Gidley, director of Huckabee's political action committee.

He said he didn't know what Huckabee planned to announce.

"I do think if it were something major, if he was in or out, I think there would have been a core group of us who would have received a phone call by now," said Mike Campbell, who chaired Huckabee's South Carolina campaign in 2008. But, he said, he hasn't heard anything new from Huckabee that would lead him to believe that Huckabee was about to announce another run.

Huckabee has given mixed signals about his plans.

Though advisers have said they believe he's moving closer toward running, Huckabee has shown little interest in running again. He has taken a series of steps that presidential candidates don't typically take. They include plans to host an Alaskan cruise in June and a newly launched series of animated videos on American history for children.

It's possible the announcement could concern the future of Huckabee's TV show.

Fox has already ended the contracts of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania as they moved toward White House bids. Huckabee said Thursday that he has not faced any pressure from Fox to make a decision about a White House run.