On Wednesday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared on Newsmax and demanded that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis explain why he “ran for governor just last year” if he was going to run for president in 2024.
Huckabee told host John Bachman, “One of the challenges that he’s going to have to answer is a very obvious question: If you want to be president, how come you ran for governor just last year?”
He claimed that voters will be asking DeSantis, “You asked for a four-year job, and then you barely had gotten into it before you were looking for another four-year job.”
Huckabee continued his rant, “So that’s a challenge, and I think sometimes … it doesn’t matter who’s running for office, you need to answer the question: Do you not like the one you have, and why did you ask folks to give it to you if you didn’t plan to keep it?”
I don’t think it’s so cut and dry. He likely did not even consider running for president in 2024 when he ran for re-election as governor. He saw an opportunity and realized he would be good for the job.
People don’t quite have that mentality, that I have seen, that Huckabee thinks they do. A person does not quit their job because they *might* apply for a new one in the future. No, they continue to work diligently and if an opportunity arises, they apply for it. If they get it, great. If not, then they continue to work the job they already have.
Huckabee also stated that DeSantis choosing to announce his campaign during an interview with Twitter owner Elon Musk is “somewhat of a risky strategy” because even though it “could be very effective, because traditional ways of running for office have certainly been blown up by the presence of social media,” he will still have “an enormous number of eyeballs watching to see not just what he says, but the medium in which he is saying it, so it could be the forerunner of things to come.”
The former governor added that also “running for president is really not running in 50 states. It’s like running for governor in about five or six states to begin with: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, [and] Florida. And, frankly, if you don’t win those early states, I don’t care how well you’re doing in California, or Texas, or Missouri, you’re not going to be president. You have to win the early primaries, and that’s really what people forget when they say, ‘Oh, you know, this person is really going to have a terrific campaign.’ Well, let’s see. It all depends on how well one does in the early states.”