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03/20/2013 01:32 pm ET

Mike Huckabee 2016? Former GOP Governor And Presidential Candidate Leaves Door Open On Bid

Don't leave former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) out of the 2016 conversation just yet.

Speaking with Newsmax TV in a recent interview, the 2008 presidential candidate said he wouldn't shut any doors on a future White House run.

“Yeah, I’m not ruling it out at this point," he said. “I’m not sitting around having meetings with the strategic team, but it’s something I will certainly look at, and I’m talking to some people just to determine whether it’s a kamikaze raid or whether it has potential and possibility.”

Huckabee was considered a top contender for a period in the 2008 Republican primary after performing strongly in a number of early contests, including a first-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. He would later drop out of the race after it became clear that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) would take the GOP nomination with a win in Texas.

The Baptist minister and bassist has since turned to conservative media, where he has a radio program and a weekend Fox News show called "Huckabee."

Early polling has shown that Huckabee could be a potential force in Iowa again in 2016, a sign that he still has a base of supporters devoted to his Christian conservative brand of politics.

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