06/01/2011 05:11 pm ET Updated Aug 01, 2011

Late Returns: WTF-abee? Huck's Heart Won't Say No To The Veep Slot

Seems like only a few weeks ago former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was jamming out with Ted Nugent on the teevee and telling his fans that he had decided not to run for president of these United States despite the fact that he was, in many polls, considered to be one of the frontrunners.

"All the factors say go," said Huck, "but my heart says no."

Well, apparently, Huckabee has been having high-level discussions with other internal organs because today he's telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he is still leaving the door open to being vice president.

Huckabee, who was considered a frontrunner in some circles before announcing last month on his Fox News television show that he would not seek the nomination, spoke in Little Rock as part of the Clinton School of Public Service lecture series.

"Everything is still open," Huckabee said when asked afterward about being the potential Republican candidate's running mate. "I haven't closed doors because I found out long ago that that's not a smart thing to do. Then you try to figure out how to open them when they come knocking. I'm not looking for anything, I'm content with what I'm doing. That's what I plan to do."

Huckabee acknowledged, however, that "whoever becomes the Republican challenger to President Barack Obama has a long road ahead of them." It's worth pointing out, however, that his opinion on how difficult this task is varies from one day to the next.

I would imagine that Huckabee's open-door policy to be vice-president won't extend to Mitt Romney, since he hates Romney's guts.

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Which home-state candidate do Minnesotans want to see run for President, Michele Bachmann or Tim Pawlenty? The answer may surprise you, so long as you'd be surprised to learn the answer is "neither." [Public Policy Polling]

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