Sep 26, 2014 12:00 AM

NH1 Exclusive: Mike Huckabee speaks behind closed doors about potentional 2016 run

NASHUA - A former Arkansas governor who finished third in New Hampshire's presidential primary in 2008 is toying with the idea of going after the White House again.

Mike Huckabee's folksy mix of social and fiscally conservative politics makes him a TV talk show icon on one television network. Can it be a winning combination in 2016?

NH1 interviewed Huckabee one-on-one after his only appearance in New Hampshire on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, private remarks to religious conservative speakers program known as Politics and Pews" at a Nashua hotel.

Huckabee said president Obama made a mistake in telling the enemy the American military will not be all in.

"I don't think you rule out anything when you declare war on someone.

When you start saying we will do everything except then the enemy already knows what you won't do,'' Huckabee said.

"The enemy needs to here this message. We will do whatever it takes to defeat him. We aren't going to tell you what we will include; we aren't going to tell you what we exclude. That's for us to know and you to find out when we put our boot in your face.

Military conflicts have revived the election fortunes of past presidents but Huckabee says Obama's foreign policy will be his undoing in the mid-term elections.

"The president has made a huge tactical mistake by announcing to the world the limitations of our pursuit,'' Huckabee said.

A republican takeover of the senate with Scott Brown replacing Democrat Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire would end gridlock on capitol hill as one party control would ensure more got done.

"This is about getting Harry Reid to the back of the room. Harry Reid has created nothing less than the roach motel of legislation. Legislation goes in but it never ever comes out,'' Huckabee said.

Republican leaders and fundraisers wait on word whether former Florida governor Jeb Bush will try to become the third Bush to live at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue.

While Huckabee had praise for Bush, he says no one else will affect his decision likely to come early on in 2015.

"I have never made a decision on running for anything based on what anybody was going to do,'' Huckabee said.

Some political pundits question whether this former preacher is too socially conservative to win in 2016. Huckabee reminds that in 2012 if just 10 percent more evangelical voters cast ballots then Mitt Romney and not Barack Obama would be in the White House.


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