Iowa Independent: Huckabee banking 2012 hopes on Vander Plaats' 2010 success
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent
Mike Huckabee's decision to openly campaign for likely GOP
gubernatorial hopeful Bob Vander Plaats tonight in Spirit Lake has
some wondering if it means his presidential aspirations are over.
Associated Press political reporter Mike Glover points out that
getting involved in the Republican primary could pose a risk to any
plans Huckabee has to run for president in 2012. Drake University
political science professor Dennis Goldford told Glover that if
Huckabee can help Vander Plaats get the nomination and win the
election, "then he's nicely positioned with a supportive governor who
owes him a favor." But if Vander Plaats is defeated in the Republican
primary, Democratic strategist Mark Daley said Huckabee runs the risk
of alienating other candidates and their supporters, a sentiment
shared by GOP activists.