Updated 6:18 p.m. Eastern Time
Mike Huckabee hasin the ranks of potential Republican presidential candidates who are suggesting their decisions to forgo 2012 presidential runs are not set in stone.
The Arkansas News Service reports that the former Arkansas governor said today that "everything is still open."
"I haven't closed doors. I found long ago that that's not the smart thing to do," he reportedly said after speaking at the Clinton presidential library.
Huckabee said, telling viewers of his Fox News program, "all the factors say go, but my heart says no. And that's the decision I've made."
In a subsequent interview with Fox News colleague Sean Hannity, Huckabee said, "My decision is clear, it's firm. I'm not sitting around thinking is there another way in. I'm out. Simple as that. I have a lot other things."
Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in his 2008 presidential run, would be one of the stronger candidates in the Republican field thanks to his appeal to social conservatives. Yet he has s.
And he is building a $3 million beach house in Santa Rosa Beach in Florida, which he is paying for in part thanks to the $500,000 per year salary he gets from Fox. Huckabee also generates earnings from his radio show and book sales; he has acknowledged that "if I run, I walk away from a pretty good income."
A source close to Huckabee told CBS News that "Huckabee is at peace with the decision he made a few weeks ago to not run, but it would be foolish for him to completely close the door to the possibility."