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Huckabee testing waters for presidential run with book tour

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- In a little less than a year, Iowa will once again take center stage for politics as the caucuses kick off the 2012 presidential campaigning season.  One Republican candidate who may toss his hat into the ring is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.  In fact, a recent Gallop poll suggests Huckabee is the most popular of all possible GOP contenders.

Huckabee made his way through Iowa Sunday promoting his newest book.  And the former governor is making multiple stops in Iowa, which may signal that he wants to make a mark here ahead of the presidential caucuses.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is crisscrossing the country signing copies of his new book "A Simple Government".  On the book tour, Huckabee is making six stops in Iowa.  Texas is the only other state he'll stop that many times the rest of the tour.  And many of his supports were anxious to meet the potential presidential candidate.

"We watch his television program quit a bit and he has a lot of interesting things to discuss," said Karen Metcalf.

"Pretty big fan of him.  Watch his show on Fox and think he's doing a good job.  So I thought it was pretty neat he was coming to Waterloo," said Kassi Stockdale.

Huckabee is no stranger to the Hawkeye state.  In 2008, he won the Iowa caucus on the Republican ticket, but later lost the party's presidential nomination to Arizona Senator John McCain.  Heading into the 2012 caucus, Huckabee isn't making any promises about whether or not he'll be making another run for the White House. 

"I know how important Iowa is and I'm mindful of the fact that it's a place that a lot of attention is going to be focused.  And if I do in fact get back into the race, obviously I won't take Iowa for granted," Huckabee said.

And if the reception in Waterloo Sunday night is any indication, Huckabee just might be persuaded to caucus again next year.

"You've got my vote," one person said.

"I hope you sell millions of these books so you've got enough money to run again," another person said.

"You know it's been even exceeding what I was hoping in terms of people's terrific response and encouragement," Huckabee said.

In addition to Mike Huckabee, there are a number of other Republicans who are also said to be considering a presidential run in 2012, ranging from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Huckabee's book tour will be stopping in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and West Des Moines Monday.  To see a complete list of tour dates, click here.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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