Mike Huckabee will announce whether he's running for president on his Fox News show Saturday night. The announcement of the announcement caught even his advisers off guard, and many interpret its timing and setting as a sign he's not running. Ed Rollins, who led Huckabee's 2008 campaign and has been working on his 2012 effort, told several reporters that "I have no idea what he's going to say," as he told Politico, but, "My guess is he is going to say he's not announcing a campaign."
Fox canceled its contracts with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich after it became clear they were running. Reports said the network had given Huckabee till the end of May to decide, though both parties denied it. NBC News' Jason Seher notes that Huckabee's scheduled to appear on the Fox networks six times over the next two days. But Fox says it doesn't know if Huckabee's running, either.
Huckabee recently held a fundraiser in Washington and made other moves that indicated he was leaning toward running, but Rollins told the Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Weisman that the former Arkansas governor "started backing off" two weeks ago. His family opposed another campaign. Huckabee's 2008 campaign manager told Politico he thought Huckabee wasn't announcing any time soon (Huckabee insisted earlier this month he would decide this summer.) The director of Huckabee's political action committee said he did know Huckabee was planning something for Saturday, but "I'm just not totally sure what it is--I don't even want to venture a guess."