David Brody

CBN News Chief Political Correspondent

Buy David's book
"The Teavangelicals"

Watch The Brody File TV Show Video

Read David's Bio

E-mail David Brody

Subscribe RSS

TwitterTwitter

Facebook Facebook

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe to this Feed

View All CBN News Blogs

View All CBN Blogs


Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House


In an exclusive backstage television interview with The Brody File, former Gov. Mike Huckabee says, “there’s a new openness now” for a run at the presidency in 2016."

Huckabee says he’s been encouraged to run by top evangelical and financial figures that did not back him in 2008. This time, however they say they will.

The Brody File conducted the exclusive interview behind closed doors at the Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday evening during a private event hosted by The American Renewal Project (more on the group below).

He also met privately with pastors from the early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina. Huckabee told us after the meeting that, “a great many of them in this room certainly want me to take another shot at it and they said that. They expressed that.”

You can watch part of the interview below long with short excerpts.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

David Brody: Is there something different here? (From how he felt a few months ago when it came to thinking about running for president)

Mike Huckabee: I think there is. I’m not even close to being ready to saying yeah I’m going to run but I think that there’s an openness now.

A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’ve had some incredible encouragement from people that I wasn’t expecting to get it from. I think even from people who didn’t support me before….

I’m a little surprised at the intensity people feel. It’s not just the obligatory, ‘oh I’m shaking your hand, I kind have got to say something nice, the nice thing to say is gee I hope you run.’ These are people who look me square in the eye and say it with conviction.

(On his meeting with Iowa and South Carolina Pastors)

Probably a great many of them in this room certainly want me to take another shot at it and they said that. They expressed that.

The Brody File also spoke to two evangelical leaders after the meeting with Huckabee and they both told us that he sounded like a candidate who was seriously considering running for president. Early polling in key states like Iowa and South Carolina show that Huckabee leads the pack of possible presidential contenders.

The former governor also decided not to renew his radio contract this month, leading to even more speculation that he’s eyeing a presidential run.

David Lane, an influential evangelical leader heads up the American Renewal Project. His goal is to encourage pastors to speak more boldly from the pulpit and in the process register more evangelical Christians to vote.

According to Lane and others at the American Renewal Project, there are roughly 65 to 80 million evangelicals in the United States yet just 50 percent are registered to vote. Only half of those registered show up on Election Day.

The American Renewal Project will continue to hold these types of events around the country in 2014. As a matter of fact, Huckabee is slated to speak at one of these events again in February. Sens. (and possible presidential contenders) Rand Paul and Ted Cruz attended an event hosted by Lane back in July.

During this event in Little Rock, Huckabee was in rare form. You can watch some highlights of his speech below. He pokes some fun at President Obama at the top of his speech (pretty funny) and speaks about the link between spiritual revival and political revival in America.

Mandatory Courtesy: CBN News/The Brody File

Mike Huckabee: When spiritual revival really happens, the result is always felt within the political and the economic realm.

One of the reasons we’re in the mess were in is because churches have become too political and not spiritual enough.

I sometimes hear people say, ‘I wonder what the Republicans can do to convince Americans that they really have some good ideas.’ Look, folks it’s as simple as this, something that you probably said to your church congregation over and over again. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. It is high time that we understand that the gospel is not about telling them that all the world is messed up and hopeless.

It’s telling them that it doesn’t matter where they are, what kind of incredibly difficult situation they face that you are God’s arms, ears, hands and love to them and that you will not forget them. And I tell you when they kind of spiritual revival happens in this country, the impact upon the politics of this country will be incredibly profound and when the politics of this country are affected by the spiritual life of the country then I can assure you that as people become aware of God’s love in their life it will change the culture of this nation. We far too often fight the culture when we need to proclaim the Christ.

Look, if Huckabee runs, he would be formidable. You can make the argument that he would even be the frontrunner.

Why? Well for starters he’s likeable and we know how crucial it is for voters to see a candidate as a nice guy (Obama, Bush). With his southern charm, he has a way of saying things that you may not agree with but doesn’t offend you when he says them (Like in the south when people say, “You look ugly in that dress, bless your heart!).

Plus, he’s a former governor so that’s a plus in his corner not to mention that he’s already been vetted at the national level. Huckabee’s main challenge will be to show to critics that he’s viable and not just the “evangelical candidate.”

Some may say Huckabee’s time has passed but I’m not quite so sure. In these days where the GOP is full of intramural fighting, the party needs a Ronald Reagan type figure that can be a great communicator. That’s Huckabee’s greatest strength.

The party needs someone to preach fiscal conservatism in a way that’s palatable to independents and Reagan Democrats. Huckabee has that potential.

The Brody File is eager to find out the next plot twist in the new movie called, “The Curious Case of Mike Huckabee.”

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 7:34 AM



Comments on this post

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

What a joy it would be for the entire world if we as Americans learned to look inside towards our faith for help instead of looking to society for our saviors in the form of politicians and celebrities.
Left by chickobla on Dec 13, 2013 8:06 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Unfortunately, in addition to a person having a strong Christian foundation, we need a President who can make the extremely tough, fiscally responsible and Constitutionally based decisions. Mr. Huckabee has given little evidence that he is any different on those issues than the establishment Republicans who already call DC home.
Left by DreamingofCali on Dec 13, 2013 8:13 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Go Mike Huckabee 2016!
Left by garywalter on Dec 13, 2013 8:38 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

What man of God would carry the torch of Satan to further us into the NWO?
Left by manfaded on Dec 13, 2013 9:09 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

I hope Mike does run, I supported him last time and I will again. He seams to be the real deal, a guy that would put doing the right thing before personal gain. I truly believe that he could do a great job as president and get this country back on track. Go Mike!!!
Left by greg0611 on Dec 13, 2013 10:37 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Great Article and precisely describes the Mike Huckabee whom I have known for many years. Mike is right ! I hope the church wakes up, registers to vote and goes to the polls ! America has a gift from God in Mike Huckabee ! He believes in the traditional values that has made this nation GREAT ! He helped introduce Ronald Reagan at the Public Affairs Briefing in Dallas, TX in 1980. Now lets all continue the Reagan legacy by electing this great leader Mike Huckabee in 2016 ! And it wouldn't hurt to vote for the candidates he endorses in 2014 !
Left by Jerry Woods on Dec 13, 2013 11:34 AM

# The Huckster is back.

Huckabee is a cancer on the conservative movement and self-serving showman in the evangelical community. He purposely poisoned the well in the 2008 elections, existing only to siphon evangelical votes from Romney. Then he immediately withdrew himself clearing the field for McCain - who knows what kind of deal these guys made with eacj other. Since conservatives or evangelicals would ever support McCain, with good reason, Huckabee is part of the reason we have Obama. Please don't fall for this guy again, folks.
Left by Davex on Dec 13, 2013 11:49 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

My problem with Huckabee is will he be loyal to the constitution of the United States regardeless of how it conflicts with the bible. We can't have leaders who are beholden to anyone but the American people. He seems like a good man but I don't think he is the man to be President.
Left by billjohnson on Dec 13, 2013 11:50 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

If he runs... The commies in charge will never let it happen, both sides of the isle...
Left by USSR of A on Dec 13, 2013 12:00 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Why wasn't my comment posted?
Left by billjohnson on Dec 13, 2013 12:25 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

He would do a much better job than most.

But, sure way to let Hilary have the WH.

Left by JNH on Dec 13, 2013 12:32 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Huckabee can be an asset in reclaiming the Senate and the Presidency, but if he goes off and spouts pompous morality at the electorate at large he will surely sink into oblivion. This time, please focus on the political issues and leave abortion, rape, and other issues like the Young Earth and Intelligent Design alone. How many times must an effective campaign falter on those issues? They are either "settled law" or exclusive Evangelical eschatology and don't resonate with the electorate at large. If you want to be a minister stay in a church.
Left by Frank From FLorida on Dec 13, 2013 12:43 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

"Mike Huckabee: “One of the reasons we’re in the mess were in is because churches have become too political and not spiritual enough.”

In 2008 campaign Mike Huckabee asked sly questions about Mormonism that dog whistled the anti-Mormon message to his minions.

If he evolves or flips back to the hard right religious fundamentalist's or tea party non-politically astute zero abortion zealotry, we have already lost

Mormon church has not had all black segregated churches during America's racist past and have placed church buildings off limits for political gathering or speech in order to keep tax exempt status. How many others obey Huckabees admonition? Separate church and state ideas and ideals and render unto Ceaser?
Left by Lillith70 on Dec 13, 2013 12:55 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

I have prayed for this for a long time. Was so disappointed last time when he said he would not run because he liked where he was at. This story made my day!
Left by Chris in SETX on Dec 13, 2013 1:23 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

If you're going to do an interview, pick a quiet room someplace. Why even post this interview with Huckabee when it's ruined by your lack of professionalism. The noise is more than distracting.
Left by shrinkdad01 on Dec 13, 2013 2:13 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Mike, DON'T run unless you can articulate the FairTax better than last time. The plan has few holes, and none that cannot be discussed logically and dismissed. I do it all the time. While I believe someone more spiritually based than our current president would be much better for the country, please realize you will be dueling - most likely - Hillary, and you will need to be at the top of your game with EVERY position understood, and EVERY possible angle they may attack you from explored and prepared for.

I supported you in 2008 until you dropped out (I think the Republican nomination process is a bit of a joke - if designed better we would have had a better candidate then than McCain), and would likely support you again in 2016. But really come out ready and heavy hitting, not just in Iowa, but in other states as well.

-Kilborn
Left by Kilborn on Dec 13, 2013 2:39 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Mike Huckabee is an honorable and likeable man but I believe in the separation of church and state. Mike Huckabee may be a little too focused on his personal vision / version of the correct faith.
Left by RPaine on Dec 13, 2013 2:57 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

I am Catholic and have come to fear the Evangelical community.
Left by RPaine on Dec 13, 2013 3:32 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: "There's An Openness Now" To Run For White House

Mike Huckabee is as dull as the day is long and worse than watching paint dry.

In addition he has not helped ANY conservatives get elected to office.

Sarah Palin is the right choice!
She is the GOP kingmaker who has installed over 36 seats in Congress. More than anyone!

She is far more affable and in tune with rank and file members and can draw a crowd like no one in the party.

"...Sarah is the one to beat!..."
- Rush Limbaugh
Left by Founders1791 on Dec 13, 2013 3:48 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

When are we Conservatives going to realize that it's words and looks, and a person who can get into the minority communities with connections to make a difference. Mike, you have gained lots of weight like Gingrich (who I wanted so badly to win). Physical appearance is factor, like it or not, and Mike doesn't have appeal, nor Chris Christy etc... but we have to breech some of the minority vote (women, racial minorities) and I have seen no ability to do that since Reagan.... please lets not run another presidential campaign of a Dole (dudd), or McCain (dudd).... Romney should have won.... Huckaby is a high paid commentator not a former governor.... leave it alone... Peace... 8-)
Left by MRUSPM on Dec 13, 2013 7:37 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

I for one will not for Mike Gantry or is it Elmer Huckabee. Can you say, 'RINO' ... no thanks we've had enough of them!
Left by AmVet48 on Dec 13, 2013 8:59 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

Huckabee is not a leader or he doesn't act like one. I'd prefer a conservative with a strong spine.
Left by Asia Bound on Dec 13, 2013 10:32 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

Mike Huckabee is too decent of a man to be President,
Left by Charles Richardson on Dec 13, 2013 10:54 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

I love Huckabee but there is no way he will make it, he is too "Christian" and too white....and neither are popular to the majority of Americans right now....

I'd like to see Ben Carson....

I like Ted Cruz but I also doubt that he could make it...Oh God Pls don't let Christy run....

It has to be someone that can stand against Hilary...She is as shrewd as she is evil...

Left by aloha on Dec 14, 2013 5:45 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

People, please do your homework. Huckabee is in no way conservative; he never has been. He's a big government Republican. Did you not know that he has also recently been promoting the UN's new educational program being forced on our schools, called Common Core? It's horrible.

Phyllis Schlafly wrote an article about him years ago titled, "The Man from Hope". In it, she said Huckabee had destroyed conservativism in Arkansas.
http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=29610
Left by Nncy on Dec 14, 2013 6:44 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

No Penteocostal would vote for a Baptist....neither would a Catholic. Huckabee is a jokeabeee
Left by LWJR on Dec 14, 2013 8:56 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

We can put off dealing with the debt a few more years and reducing the size of government, but if amnesty is granted to millions of people illegally in the US, it cannot be undone.

Any nation which opens its borders to millions of other people will lose its identity, culture, economy, and government as natives are supplanted and overrun. That's why nations ave strict immigration laws, which are as important as armies to defend countries from "peaceful invasion".

That's why immigration policies based on "it's he 'christian' thing to do, or to fill church pews with the faithful, or reduce salaries for working people, or give minority demographics larger power in government and society are suicide for any nation.

How many of these important pastors are engaged with big corporations or Ralph Reed to increase legal immigration and grant amnesty to untold (11-20 million) illegals in the US?

No amnesty, and no amnesty candidates.
Left by RPhillips on Dec 14, 2013 9:16 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

For Pete sakes, can't we find some new young blood Conservative instead of trying to re-run tired old has been RINO's like Huckabee? America needs a guy with balls who will stand up to the Democrats and put them in their place...the ash heap of worn out socialist history? Personally, I've had enough of Republicans in Name Only who seem terrified of their own shadow and continuously bend over and spread cheek for the Democrats, all so they can sit at the kiddy table with their Democrat overlords. The Boehners, the McCains, the Lindsey Grahams and Huckabee need to be put out to pasture. Their days of usefulness are long gone!
Left by kestrel27 on Dec 14, 2013 9:51 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

There is no doubt the greaatest problem our country faces now is it's prayerlessness and disregard for God. However the electability of the next GOP nominee is going to be difficult to develop. I remember Mike most for his having the statue covered which will be a joke with many otherwise conservatives. We need to avoid being divided as our many factions remain at best the minority in the US now and we're going to HAVE to work together after we choose our nominee. Please everyone let prayer be your guide in this. I can't help but realize that God's will may be for something His people would rather not endure. A time will come when there is tribulation for the overcomers. MARANATHA
Left by ernst on Dec 14, 2013 9:58 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

NO WAY!We have enough RINO'S.
Left by TotallyDomestic on Dec 14, 2013 10:04 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

Huckabee is a TRAITOR to American children. He supports Communist Core.
Left by JJNYC on Dec 14, 2013 10:24 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

I would like to see Mike run as he has more maturity than the current front runners. If he has good ideas and puts them forth I would like to hear them. The progressive experiment has proven faulty so if the church registers and votes he could win. Hilary has proven that she doesn't care about people only power as she demonstrated in her committee testimony on Benghazi. She will need to better explain it to the American people as we still don't know what happened.
Left by KellieC on Dec 14, 2013 2:18 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

You got to be kidding! I think Mr. Mike Huckabee should run for a comedy sitcom, not for President of the USA. Please spare us the pain! God places the person He believes we deserve. No thank you on the Huck!
Left by BreJMo on Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

NSA and JNLWD are partnering with Virginia State Police and local police implanting people with biochips. Read "A Note on Uberveillance" by M. G. and Katina Michael. it enables Uberveillance. “In its ultimate form, überveillance has to do with more than automatic identification technologies that we carry with us. It has to do with under-the-skin technology that is embedded in the body, such as microchip implants; it is that which cuts into the flesh – a charagma (mark). Think of it as Big Brother on the inside looking out.” Newport News Police and Virginia State Police had a doctor implant me w/o my knowledge and consent with a biochip. A U. S. Attorney for the NSA/DOJ pretended to be my attorney. It enables torture and thought monitoring. They use it as a sensor and pulse energy projectiles at you. I had a heart attack. It enables voice to skull communication. See LRAD white papers or audio spotlight by Holosonics. Law enforcement believes we will only be safe if they know where w
Left by JBSmith on Dec 16, 2013 2:44 PM

# RE: Video Exclusive: Mike Huckabee Tells Brody File: 'There's an Openness Now' to Run for White House

We need a True Christian to run that knows it is NOT him and his strong arm that will make a way but that it is God who brings up a leader and places him over a Nation. Gideon said to Him, O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? Remember Gideon, But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the Lord said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, My own hand has saved me. The Lord delivers be strong and og good courage!
Left by concernedchristian on Dec 17, 2013 9:08 AM