Mike Huckabee Says He'd Raise More Money This Time Around

“That was the beginning hurdle for us back in 2008,” the Republican says.

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says he would bolster his fundraising efforts if he decides to pursue the White House again.

“That was the beginning hurdle for us back in 2008,” the Republican said in an interview airing Sunday on ABC's “This Week,” according to a transcript released by the program. “A lot of people didn't take the campaign that seriously until we were winning states and winning primaries. I literally got by on a dime to the dollar of both John McCain and Mitt Romney.”

Huckabee said he didn't leave his Fox News show “just because I was tired of going to New York every week.”

On his timeline for a 2016 decision, he said, “I think there's a—a very strong likelihood that some time later in the spring, which has always been my timetable, I'll—I'll make some kind of a declaration and clearly state my intentions, I'll put it that way.” 

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