Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) will hold another GOP presidential forum on Saturday in anticipation of next week's Super Tuesday primary contests, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
The event, which will take place at a closed DHL plant in Wilmington, Ohio, will be the third of its kind hosted by Huckabee this primary season. Candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have already committed, while Ron Paul has announced that he will skip the forum due to "other campaign commitments," according to Politico. The two-hour program will run from 8 to 10 p.m. and be broadcast on Fox News, the network that airs Huckabee's highly rated weekend show.
The Times reports that Huckabee, along with co-hosts Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and three Ohio residents, will keep the discussion focused on the economy and jobs. The topics would seem particularly pertinent to the setting, given Ohio's manufacturing base and the closure of the DHL plant.
From The Times:
Wilmington was devastated when DHL, the shipping giant, reduced its United States workforce by 9,500 three years ago. The city, with only about 12,000 residents at the time, had thousands of jobs disappear.
During previous forums, Huckabee has forbade the candidates from sniping at their rivals -- a rule he might impose once again, considering his recent remarks about the acrimonious GOP primary.
"I think that there is just such a toxic atmosphere right now, specifically in the Republican party," he said in a recent interview. "I would love to say that it's going to be all about ideas and solutions, but unfortunately a lot of it is about just being able to say, 'I'm more angry at the Obama administration than somebody else.' That's not what motivates me politically or governmentally. I believe it ought to be about solutions."