Huckabee plans book on Campaign 2008

Huckabee writing book on his failed presidential bid
By ANDREW DeMILLO
Associated Press Writer
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two weeks after the next president is elected, Mike Huckabee will publish a book sharing details on his failed bid for the White House and offering his vision for remodeling the conservative movement.

Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Group (USA), said Wednesday it will publish the former Arkansas governor and one-time Republican presidential hopeful’s next book, to be released Nov. 18.

The book, not yet titled, will offer an insider’s view of Huckabee’s campaign and also offer his vision for the future, publishers said Wednesday.

“There’s going to be a lot of untold stories and untold anecdotes,” said Will Weisser, Sentinel’s associate publisher. “But the other part is the governor’s vision for the future of American politics and society and what should we be working towards? How does the (Republican) party become more unified?”

Huckabee, who served as governor for 10 1/2 years, dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination last month after John McCain won enough delegates to clinch the party’s nomination. Despite a financially strapped campaign, Huckabee won the leadoff caucuses in Iowa and seven other states.

The publishing company wouldn’t say how much Huckabee will be paid.

Weisser acknowledged that they’ve agreed to the book at a time when Huckabee’s political future is uncertain. The former governor recently formed a political action committee to raise money for McCain and other Republicans, and has also been mentioned as a potential running mate for the Arizona senator.

“We kind of had to think about that because obviously it’s possible he could be the running mate,” Weisser said. “It could certainly be hard to do a traditional book promotion if he’s the vice president-elect. But some people here have pointed out that that’s a nice problem to have.”

In 2006, shortly before leaving office due to term limits and announcing his presidential bid, Huckabee published “From Hope to Higher Ground,” which offered a preview of his policy proposals on areas ranging from taxes to education.

Huckabee, who lost more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes, also published a book offering his tips on weight loss and healthy living called “Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork.”

Sarah Huckabee, the former governor’s daughter and executive director of his PAC, said her father was on the road and not immediately available for comment. She said her father was still writing the book.

Sentinel, which was founded in 2003, is also publishing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir to be released in 2010.

Updated: April 24, 2008 — 3:04 pm

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  1. Timing is everything. Jimmy Carter would never of been elected in ’76, had there not been a Vietnam and Watergate, I don’t believe J.F.K. could of been elected in the 1950′s, as far as that goes, Hitler would never of been a dictator, had Germany not went through poverty from war debts and the great depression, I don’t believe Mussolini would of become Italy’s leader either if it wasn’t for the depression. It wasn’t Governor Huckabee’s time. I lean Republican myself, with a streak of libetarian, I voted for Perot twice, I hope someday we can get a good third party, however, this is not the year for Republicans, I’m not an Obama or Hillary fan, but we won’t be seeing a Republican President, not this time. Gas prices, the economy, and the war will keep the G.O.P. out this round.

  2. I didn’t realize that Huckabee had two previous books to his credit, one of them being “From Hope to Higher Ground.” This third book doesn’t have a title yet, but maybe he could try “From Higher Ground to Hope.” The word “hope” is always good in a title.

    I’m still trying to figure out Huckabee’s claim that his impending win was a “miracle.” If he had won the nomination, it would have been a come-from-behind effort, much like the likely wins for McCain and Obama. However, overtaking a front-runner is not a miracle. A miracle, I always thought, is when something impossible happens. That would be like Huckabee winning the Presidency this year. So why has Huckabee given up just because he’s mathematically eliminated? He quit just as he had the conditions necessary for a miracle.

  3. Larry, the good news is that it’s not too late for a miracle. Huck could run as a third party candidate and maybe even do for McCain what Nader did for Bush II and Perot did for Clinton Rex. Or, he could even win, something a third party candidate has never done in the modern two party system. Now THAT would be a miracle.

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