Huckabee: I'm not reconsidering decision not to run

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee talks about his new book, 'A Simple Government: Twelve Things We Really Need from Washington (and a Trillion that We Don't!),' at the National Press Club February 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The winner of the Iowa GOP caucus in 2008, Huckabee is said to be considering another run for the U.S. presidency in 2012. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
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Updated 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday afternoon that he is not reconsidering his decision to forgo the 2012 presidential race.

His comment followed a Reuters report that he may again be considering jumping into the race.

A source close to Huckabee told CBS News following the initial report that "there are certainly people that have asked him to reconsider his decision, even more so lately, but at this point that is not something he is doing."

Huckabee, a social conservative, won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but lost the Republican nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Appearing on Fox News Friday afternoon, Huckabee told Neil Cavuto that he's not running (1) because of concerns about raising money and (2) because people want candidates who wants to "poke out the eyes of the other side." He said he was happy with his decision to forgo the race.

Reuters reported that Huckabee has been approached by activists unhappy with the current GOP field, somethng Huckabee confirmed Friday. It quoted one source as saying, "He is entertaining the request for conversations about it. I do not think it is a complete 100 percent 'I'm reconsidering' but he hasn't shut the door on it."

But HuckPAC director Hogan Gidley, who is now affiliated with Rick Santorum's campaign, strongly denied the Reuters story.

"If this proves true, I'll take you to the nicest dinner you want to go to," he told CBS News contributor Scott Conroy. HuckPAC is Huckabee's political action committee.

Asked about the report, Huckabee's former campaign chairman Ed Rollins, who is affiliated with Michele Bachmann's campaign, said: "I've had no conversations with him since the straw poll in Ames, so I can't confirm in any way, shape or form."

Huckabee said in May that he would forgo a presidential run, 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."