Huckabee quits Fox News for possible 2016 presidential run

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa August 9, 2014. | REUTERS/Brian Frank

WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) -- Mike Huckabee is considering a Presidential run in 2016, according to reports. The former Arkansas governor left his popular show on the Fox News network, saying he cannot "rule out" another campaign for the highest U.S. political office.

"This evening I wanted to share with you some news that is very personal to me. Because you have been such a good friend and a strong supporter of all my efforts, I wanted you to know first that tonight I will do more than just say goodnight on my Fox show. I will say goodbye," Huckabee told viewers.

He said that God "hasn't put me on earth just to have a good time or to make a good living," but to "make a good life," said the ordained Southern Baptist minister.

"That's it for the 'Huckabee' show," the 59-year-old host said. "As much as I have loved doing the show, I cannot bring myself to rule out another presidential run."

Huckabee's show has been on the air six years ever since his presidential campaign in 2008.

Although Huckabee has not officially announced that he is running in 2016 -- "I won't make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015," he said, moves have been made to start the process. The former governor "has reactivated his tight-knit team of advisers and taken several other behind-the-scenes steps that he is indeed serious about launching a second White House bid," Real Clear Politics reported. In addition, he is currently leading the polls for the Iowa Republican presidential caucus.