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12/13/2013 10:31 am ET | Updated Dec 13, 2013

Mike Huckabee Open To 2016 Presidential Run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said he's open to a run for the White House in 2016.

“I’m keeping the door open,” Huckabee said Thursday, according to the New York Times. “I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.”

Huckabee told CBN News' "The Brody File" that "there’s an openness now" about running for president he didn't have before.

“A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’ve had some incredible encouragement from people that I wasn’t expecting to get it from. I think even from people who didn’t support me before," Huckabee told "The Brody File." “I’m a little surprised at the intensity people feel. It’s not just the obligatory, ‘oh I’m shaking your hand, I kind have got to say something nice, the nice thing to say is gee I hope you run.’ These are people who look me square in the eye and say it with conviction.”

Huckabee ran for president in 2008 but sat out of the 2012 race, choosing to host a radio show instead. That radio show came to an end this month.

Huckabee said he wants to see what more supporters think before making a final decision on a campaign.

“If I talk to people and they say, ‘If you run, we’re in and we’re in a big way,’ that’s going be helpful,” Huckabee said, according to the NYT. “If I don’t hear that, you know what? This will be a real easy decision for me to make because I’ve jumped in a pool without water before and it’s a hard hit at the bottom.”

Read more on Huckabee at the New York Times.

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