Huckabee says Palin still a strong candidate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Arkansas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to resign is surprising - but he refuses to criticize her.

In Oklahoma City on Sunday Huckabee said Palin is still a strong candidate for the White House in 2012. Huckabee is also considered one of the contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

Huckabee says he was "very surprised" by Palin's decision but that it could turn out to be the best move for her.

Huckabee also said he was stunned by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's sex scandal and says Sanford probably is finished politically.

Huckabee was in Oklahoma City to speak to high school students participating in a debate program and to attend a fundraiser for his political action committee.

Information from: The Oklahoman,

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