Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 but sat out the campaign in 2012, met recently with a bunch of evangelical pastors who encouraged him to run in 2016. He told them that he would let God decide whether or not he should run.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reportedly told a group of pastors he’d let the Lord decide if he should run for president in 2016. The 2008 Republican presidential candidate is also said to be praying about it, and has had several groups from Iowa and South Carolina come to meet him.
“The first question he was asked was whether or not he was running for president and he said he’d let the Lord decide,” ABC quoted Warren Watkins, pastor of Westside Baptist Church, as saying, of pastors’ interaction with Huckabee at a meeting at the Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday night.
Huckabee met with a group of pastors and political leaders from the early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina, a source told ABC.
“In 2012 at the end of the day, he said after thoughtful prayer and consideration this wasn’t the right time,” Alice Stewart, Huckabee’s press secretary during his 2008 campaign, was quoted as saying, of the governor’s decision at the time not to run. “God didn’t give him the nudge in that right direction and that’s the same with it, this time. You have to have all the cards in place.”
That whole “God told me to run” thing didn’t work out so well for the candidates who claimed that was the case in 2016. Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann all claimed that God told them to run and all failed miserably. Maybe God is deliberately trying to make them look like fools. Or maybe they’re just hearing the voices in their heads.