If you're guessing whether former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will run for president or not, it's important to look at how often Huckabee is consulting with influential conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, the chair of his 2008 campaign in Iowa.
And lately, it doesn't look like Huckabee is in serious consultation with Vander Plaats about a potential bid, the latest sign that he may be leaning against another White House run.
"We talk or e-mail periodically, the last time being a few weeks back," Vander Plaats told the Des Moines Register on Sunday. "But we have nothing specific planned. I respect that his book tour takes precedence."
Huckabee arrived in Iowa Sunday for a two-day swing to promote his new book, but the Register reports he has no plans to meet with Vander Plaats or his other top 2008 advisers.
Vander Plaats said his own schedule prevented him from attending a meeting with Huckabee Sunday but that any meeting would have been brief and similar to a chat Huckabee had with 2008 supporters from eastern Iowa.
If Huckabee runs, Iowa will once again be crucial to his success, given his victory there in 2008 along with his appeal to conservative voters who have a significant influence in the caucuses.
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