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.