On his radio show this morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he would make "a very important announcement" on his FOX News television show Saturday evening. Urging his Twitter followers to "be sure to check my media schedule for today and the weekend," Huckabee fueled speculation he will finally declare whether he intends to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
According to his schedule, Huckabee will appear six times over the next two days on the FOX networks, including spots on tonight's "The O'Reilly Factor" and "Fox and Friends" early tomorrow morning. Huckabee also will host his self-titled news hour Saturday and Sunday evening.
One of Huckabee's top advisers refused to answer directly if the announcement concerned his presidential intentions. Hogan Gidley, director of Huckabee's political action committee, HuckPAC, told the New York Times' Caucus blog that, while Huckabee "doesn't throw around 'I've got a big announcement' lingo in a haphazard fashion," he is not sure what Huckabee will discuss in his appearances on the network.
Huckabee's flurry of appearances comes amid reports Fox News executives were rushing the former governor to announce his intentions for the 2012 campaign. Running for president most likely means Huckabee would have to relinquish his FOX News show and his radio show. Since former speaker of the House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum declared they are running for president, the network suspended their contracts.
*** UPDATE *** Woody Fraser, executive producer of “Huckabee” said in a statement, per the Times:
“Governor Huckabee will announce tomorrow night on his program whether or not he intends to explore a presidential bid. He has not told anyone at FOX News Channel his decision.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** Ed Rollins, Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager organizing his "campaign-in-waiting" this time, says he doesn't think Huckabee's running.