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Mike Huckabee Heads Out to Iowa for Straw Poll

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the defending champion of the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, will be heading back to the Hawkeye State on Saturday to take part in the straw poll in Ames.

The former presidential candidate will not be making a surprise reversal and jumping into the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Nor will he be making an endorsement.

Hell be playing bass with the Crickets, the band best known for backing Buddy Holly during the '50s when rock was still in its infancy. The Crickets -- and Huckabee -- will be playing at an event backed by one of the dark horses in the race, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

"I am thrilled Governor Huckabee will be joining us this Saturday for our family friendly party to celebrate freedom and Iowa traditions," said Santorum on Wednesday. "If there is anyone who understands traditional family values and Iowa's great political heritage, it is Governor Huckabee. I know how much our supporters will enjoy visiting with him and dancing along to his well-known bass playing."

Could Huckabee be keeping an eye on Iowa in 2016? To steal a line that should be pretty familiar to Huckabees new friends, "Every day, its a-getting closer, going faster than a roller coaster ..."

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