Huckabee's Book Tour Stops in Midland, Still Quiet About Presidential Run in '16

Huckabee's Book Tour Stops in Midland, Still Quiet About Presidential Run in '16

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midlanders and other West Texans came out to Barnes and Noble in Midland to meet former Presidential Candidate and Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee is on a nationwide tour to sign his book

God, Guns, Grits and Gravy,

a book that promotes his view of the direction the country needs to be heading.

"It's a book filled with illustrations and examples of how America has become polarized. Not just by Democrats and Republicans but those who live in the bubbles and those who live out here in the land of God, guns, grits and gravy," Huckabee said.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate dropped out of the race before he won the party's nomination. If Huckabee runs in 2016, he feels confident about his chances of winning.

"I think people know me better. They know what I stand for more clearly. It will be much more difficult for my opponents to define me because people are going to say, 'look, I know him and I heard him say that himself.' That's going to be a different place to be than I was before," Huckabee said.

The former Governor will make a decision on a presidential bid in late Spring. However, those waiting to meet him on Friday felt confident and are encouraging him to say yes.

"Absolutely, a good candidate for 2016, I'd vote twice if I could," Midland Resident, Margaret Rydell, said

"We're a huge fan. We respect his values and how he grew up. We are followers of Jesus Christ and he is too. That's a huge factor for someone running for president and someone who wants to run the country," Midland Resident, Shelli Pierson, said.

Huckabee signed extra copies of his book at Barnes and Noble for people who could not make it to the book signing while he was there. The next stop on the book tour was in Ft. Worth where he was scheduled to arrive on Friday afternoon.