Mike Huckabee says he will announce whether or not he's running for president on his Fox News show Saturday night, but an e-mail obtained by National Journal that Huckabee sent his inner circle yesterday indicates he has made his decision and he thinks it will surprise people. In the note, Huckabee wrote that "I expect that once I pull the trigger Saturday night, things will get even crazier, as if that's possible."
Huckabee made clear that he had finalized his 2012 decision and apologized for his secrecy in the process, which was a necessity due to the fact that he "committed to Fox that I will absolutely not release it prior to doing so on the channel."
"Since I am a political strategist and not a mind reader I have no idea what he is going to do or say," Ed Rollins, a veteran campaign consultant and top political adviser to Huckabee, wrote in an e-mail.
Below is the full text of Huckabee's email. His announcement on the 2012 election will be made on his 8pm (ET) television show.
Tomorrow night (Saturday) I will announce the next step in my plans for 2012 during my show on the Fox News Channel. I would like to be able to call you or email you personally and in advance of the announcement, but due to the fact that the decision was not finalized until today and that I committed to Fox that I will absolutely not release it prior to doing so on the channel, that became impractical.
A lot of information and speculation was already rampant in the press today, and it frankly isn't fair to you to tell you the details and then put you in the awkward position of saying you didn't know (which at that point wouldn't be true) or saying you did know, but couldn't reveal or discuss it.
It was this afternoon before I could even get word to all of my own children and even now, the executive producer of my show and the staff and crew of the show don't know and won't until I actually do the final preparation literally minutes before I share the decision live Saturday night.
I will look forward to speaking with you soon and once I fulfill my sworn obligation to Fox, I will be free to discuss things that I can't now due to promises to them and to some possible legal considerations of the announcement.
Many friends have said, "how can we help you in the decision?" My answer has consistently been, "Pray that I have clarity." I have it and will share it Saturday night during the show. Please be patient if I don't respond immediately to an email because I expect that once I pull the trigger Saturday night, things will get even crazier, as if that's possible.
My heartfelt thanks for your friendship, prayers, and support,