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Decision 2012 starting already?

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Mike Huckabee appeared in Cedar Rapids.  There are recounts in several counties across Eastern Iowa. Wait, isn't the election supposed to bring at least a temporary break from politics?

"I just think that maybe everybody needs a little rest," said Cedar Rapids resident Joanie Hanel.

"One campaign to another. It gets to be a little bit old," said fellow Cedar Rapidian Steve Fairchild.

Huckabee himself says he's burned out.

"Oh absolutely," said Huckabee.  "I mean I think everybody is ready for it to be over. When the election is finally concluded, you just want it to sort of come to an end so you can catch your breath and come up for air."

Nearly a year removed from his Iowa caucus victory, Mike Huckabee returned to the state that helped propel his presidential campaign. This trip, though, is the launch of a nationwide book signing tour.

"We spent a lot of time here," said Huckabee.  "We have some real dear and permament friends in Iowa."

Many people are just plain burned out that politics seem to be dragging on weeks after the election ended. But the record-breaking crowd in line for Mike Huckabee proves there are plenty of others who think otherwise."

"Bring it on," said Valeire Hirschfield, who attended Thursday's book-signing.

"It's been a long trip as it is so far so why not start it earlier again?" said Kenny Loeb, who also got a book signed.

Huckabee's visit has ignited the political spark for many of the hundreds who waited in line at Thursday's book signing.

But as a 2012 presidential run is concerned, Huckabee says that bus hasn't left the station.

"I'm not here today because of a political ambition for the future," said Huckabee.  "I'm really here because this book chronicles a lot of the things that happened in the campaign, looks at the Republican party and its future."

And in case you're wondering, there's only about 1400 campaigning days left until the next presidential election.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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