Steve Scully is no stranger to “The Road to the White House.” He's not a candidate, but he's analyzed presidential races for C-SPAN since 1990. While visiting Little Rock, he had some thoughts on former Governor Mike Huckabee's presidential run.
"He is a very attractive candidate," he says.
Scully says Huckabee has a good story to tell and is an engaging public figure, but he has a major problem.
He says, “The reality is the money issue is going to be a huge issue for him."
Huckabee himself realizes this, talking openly about it on national TV.
"A lot of people don't know who I am right now, but that will change over the course of the next few months,” says Huckabee. "When this becomes more about message than just money, there's going to be a very different ranking going on."
For Huckabee to join the top tier of candidates like Rudy Giuliani and John McCain, Scully says he needs to start courting the Republican base.
"If he's able to have a solid base within the Republican Party and build from that, then I think he can move into the top tier of the race. But he's got to do that now and raise money and strengthen his organization."
Scully says that's important because if Huckabee can come in toward the top of the pack in early primaries in New Hampshire and Iowa, he could be like another man from hope, Bill Clinton, who went from a no-name to the top with little money.
"If he is able to pull off an upset in one of those states then a lot of the money will follow. And I think that's, quite frankly, what he's banking on," he says.