Mike Huckabee on the 2012 Presidential Race

A lot of phone calls and messages came Mike Huckabee's way after he announced he would not run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

"I've never been so loved as the day that I dropped out. If I had known I was going to be so lovingly spoken of I'd drop out a lot sooner. I like the love," said Huckabee.

Huckabee says he wants to help people and thinks the bad blood between the parties can get in the way.

"Over the past few month I found more wounds coming from the back from people who are conservative because anything that I say... in any way... well maybe Michelle Obama's program about childhood obesity is a good idea. Suddenly I shouldn't have said that because I shouldn't say anything about anything those folks do. I can't live like that. I'm not going to live like that," said Huckabee.

That doesn't mean he won't support the Republican party in 2012.

"There's been talk about it being a weak field and I simply don't believe that. There's a lot of Republicans who are capable of being president," said Huckabee.

The Republican field could include Huckabee's rival in the 2008 primary, Mitt Romney. Despite their differences, Huckabee says if Romney is the nominee, he'll support him.

However, Huckabee says he's not going to rush to make an endorsement. He's going to wait and see how the field shapes up.


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