Courtesy Gage Skidmore.
Mike Huckabee has been enjoying the early lead in most polls this month, but that doesn't mean he's running for president.
The former Arkansas governor and failed 2008 presidential candidate has said he's in no hurry to annouce his intentions despite media pressure to do so.
The Huffington Post reported that Huckabee would prefer to wait until September, although The Hill is apparently anxious to get him into the race sooner.
The Washington, D.C.-based publication reported that recent moves by former Minnestota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) should be enough to push Huckabee in:
"Operatives say those moves should light a fire under former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin if either are truly serious about a 2012 run."
But the politically ultra-conservative Huckabee said last month he's planning to exercise patience, having announced in January 2007 during the last cycle:
"The idea that someone would crank up a campaign as early as possible, having been through it, doesn't make sense. I'm in a very different position than I was in four years ago."
Huckabee, a Southern Baptist minister, is far ahead of any other potential GOP candidate in Southern states
, though the Washington Post wonders if he can raise the money and build the organization to contend nationally
He told a crowd at the Rediscover God in America event in Des Moines last Thursday night that they should become "spiritual warriors
" to uphold heterosexual marriage:
"I pray that God will raise up spiritual warriors who will say America will not fall – that we will not let this nation fall to the hands of those that will enslave us. This battle is one that pits good against evil."
The Iowa caucuses, the first major electoral event of the race, will be held Feb. 6, 2012.