In a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of registered Republican voters, Mike Huckabee leads the field of preferred GOP candidates for President, with 25 percent of respondents stating that the former Arkansas Governor heads their list. Huckabee says he will not make a firm decision on a run for the White House until this summer.
Presently, Huckabee is keeping a high public profile touring the country promoting his book “A Simple Government” and maintaining his position as a political commentator and talk show host on the Fox News Channel.
Thursday on Columbia affiliate WVOC, Huckabee said that with the upheaval in the quest for freedom in the Middle East and North Africa, principally Libya, the world may be witnessing a defining moment in history.
Huckabee says the uncertainty in these oil-rich regions has resulted in pain at the pump with U.S. consumers facing gasoline prices of $4 a gallon. Huckabee says it’s time for America to step up its domestic exploration for oil and tap into our reserves.
Huckabee says higher gas prices means that overall transportation costs of goods will be higher and that will be passed on to the consumer.
In the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Mitt Romney was the choice of 21 percent of the respondents, Newt Gingrich was third with 13 percent, and Sarah Palin was fourth with 12 percent.