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Fox News host Mike Huckabee talks to The New Republic about the pluses and minuses of potentially running for president in 2016, including giving up his job at Fox.
There won’t be an incumbent in 2016, but another variable remains in play. Were Huckabee to declare for the race, he’d have to give up his salary from Fox—$500,000 as of 2011—and many of his other income streams. He has called this “a big issue.” At one point, he jokes to me: “I want to be careful that I’m not announcing a candidacy here. Because that would be disastrous.”
Huckabee told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz he was “looking at” a possible 2016 presidential bid at the end of last year.
If he decides to give it a go this time, Huckabee would have to give up his Fox News show once he took more serious steps to running, like forming an exploratory committee and raising money.