February 8th, 2008
07:28 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain not dismissing Huckabee threat

CNN

Watch McCain's comments on Huckabee Friday.

(CNN) - John McCain said Friday he isn't counting Mike Huckabee out, even though it's now nearly mathematically impossible for the former Arkansas governor capture the Republican Party's nomination.

"Gov Huckabee is still in this race, and he is a viable candidate and I'm sure will continue to show strength and that's why we're moving forward with our campaigning," McCain said. "Obviously we are pleased with the events that have happened, but we still have a ways to go and we'll continue campaigning."

McCain also refused to comment on who he might consider as a potential running mate, though he discounted the notion that he has to pick a Southerner to balance the ticket.

"From a practical standpoint, I think former President Clinton and former Vice President Gore showed us you don't have to be regionally different," McCain said. "I think America is such that, quote, ‘regional differences’ don't play the role that maybe they did in earlier times."

Mitt Romney abandoned his presidential bid Wednesday, essentially clearing the way for McCain to win the GOP nomination. Huckabee has won 181 delegates - 533 less than McCain. To capture the Republican nomination, he would have to win more than 80 percent of the remaining contests.

– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. WMW

    I would not dismiss the Ron Paul threat! We may get this country back to where the Founding Fathers intended before this is over!

    February 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. wait a minute

    Let's not forget Dr. Ron Paul.

    Dr. Paul is much more viable than Huckabee who kept on stealing Dr. Paul's ideas.

    Huckabee is like Hillary or anchovie.
    You either love it or hate it.
    Voters will avoid both of them if possible.

    I hope Dr. Ron Paul will go Independent.

    February 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Steve Blaine Washington

    Is this supposed to be a story? Two southern Convention Baptists competing against each other??

    February 8, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Ben

    The media wants you to think this is over. It's not. McCain has about 720 delegates, and needs almost 500 more. That's a lot of states. Personally, I refuse to be told who to vote for. My vote goes to Huckabee.

    February 8, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Huckabee threat?

    McCain is going to choose Huckabee as his running mate!

    February 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Heron

    Well, that's what I like about McCain...Mike Huckabee is to be saluted for coming this far, and he recognized the potential threat that Mike could post. Sad about Ron Paul though, I think he is good but it could get worse for him, like what happened to many of the top tier candidates.

    Now if only the Dems can do it right too...that way a Clinton vs McCain fight will be nice to watch...frankly, a McCain vs Al Gore would be my preferred match up but Clinton should be the Democrats' nominee...

    February 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Terri

    Hecklebee is nasty, sneaky and mean… Why is he even staying in the race?

    Now that Mitt dropped out, is Huck going to turn his attacks to McCain now? lol

    Mitt was a gentleman and honorable to the end. He didn’t let his ego stand in the way of doing what he felt was right for our Republican Party. He does love this country. I’ll have to bite the bullet and vote for McCain – out of respect for Romney.

    We love you Mitt Romney!! See you in 2012 !!

    February 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    The GOP has decided to throw this election.

    With Bush's record–and the major split in the party over McCain/Romney–they've decided to sit out this one...and hope that Clinton and Obama screw up royally so they can use it in 2012.

    My 2 cents.

    McCain is a great guy–but he'll never win the general election unless a lot of Democrats decide not to vote.

    February 8, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Lee Ofallon

    There's another threat, o media masters. A brokered convention is coming, and Ron Paul is going to prove to be a bigger threat than you realize. Conservatives know that Ron Paul is the only viable truly convervative candidate that can beat a liberal in the general election. Huckabee gets mocked in the mainstream press, and Paul gets ignored. Voices for Paul and Huck are going to speak louder and louder as more states hold their primaries. Try not to crown King McWar just yet.

    February 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. GOP 08!!

    Though CNN Never posts my comments, let me try again.

    Mike Huckabee is a great orator and is the only one who could win a debate with either Hillary or Obama. He is a man true to his convictions and if everyone would take the time to listen, really listen to what he has to say on the issues they would know that he is the only one who could beat the Democratic nominee. The news media doesn’t give Mike much coverage, but you can go to his web site mikehuckabee.com and learn all about him.

    February 8, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Bushie Smalls

    McCain should worry about Obama and Hillary. Huckabee is a nobody. Stop worrying about him.

    February 8, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Jason Hubsch

    Wow. CNN first states that it is mathematically impossible for Huckabee to win – which is an incorrect statement on its own – then contradicts its own earlier statement in the same article by telling how Huckabee can win.

    Which is it? Well, simply, it's the last one.

    They also leave out that Romney's delegates will be distributed at the convention and could end up going to Huckabee, further lessening the gap.

    How about all the information, CNN, and all of it factual? Is that too much to ask?

    February 8, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. J. Sullivan

    How come Ron Paul is not mentioned at all? Is he out of the race? How is it that he gets no coverage at all? I don't understand how with only three Republican candidates left we are not hearing something about him, either good or bad. Can someone please explain this to me? Doesn't CNN have the responsibility to cover all the news?

    February 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Abe Jersey City

    Mike Huckabee is a great orator and is the only one who could win a debate with either Hillary or Obama. He is a man true to his convictions and if everyone would take the time to listen, really listen to what he has to say on the issues they would know that he is the only one who could beat the Democratic nominee. The news media doesn’t give Mike much coverage, but you can go to his web site mikehuckabee.com and learn all about him.

    February 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Mark

    DON"T WORRY about the HUCKSTER!

    He's OUT, UNLESS McCain adds him to his ticket.

    REMEMBER...Romney said he's "SUSPENDING" his campaign...
    NOT "ENDING" his campaign...say tuned ya'll!

    February 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Matt Reading, PA

    McCain/Romney'08??

    February 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Jake

    McCain/Romney is our only chance to win and only chance to salvage our republican party be adding the strongest candidate to the mix. Romney has all the credentials McCain lacks.The supporters of Romney would never support McCain unless Romney was the VP.

    February 8, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  18. Sandra from NM

    I am wondering why CNN cancelled the GOP DEBATE IN OHIO?

    As far as we know there is still 2 candidate.

    FAITH FAMILY FREEDOM

    February 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Oh my

    Please don't vote for this war monger. I am going to vote democrat, unless its Hillary.

    February 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Orlando

    Pleeeeease, McCain, DO NOT pick Huckleberry as your running mate.

    Go with Rudy!

    February 8, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. No To Juan McAmnesty

    Ask John McCain why he has a former Mexican governmental official on his advisory staff. There are lot of amnesty supporters in his campaign.

    Does anybody think he has changed his mind? If you listen to him carefully, he says, "fix the borders first." What does that mean? What comes "later" in his mind.

    Juan McAmnesty has not changed his mind. Just ask his old butt. and press him for a straight answer.

    Vote for Huckabee.

    February 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. No To Juan McAmnesty

    Ask John McCain why he has a former Mexican governmental official on his advisory staff. There are lot of amnesty supporters in his campaign.

    Does anybody think he has changed his mind? If you listen to him carefully, he says, "fix the borders first." What does that mean? What comes "later" in his mind.

    Juan McAmnesty has not changed his mind. Just ask his old butt. and press him for a straight answer.

    Vote for Huckabee.

    CNN, WHY WON'T YOU POST THIS BLOG. I HAVE TRIED MANY TIMES. WHAT'S WRONG WITH IT?

    February 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. David-Paul Niner

    McCain seems to get along with everyone, save for Romney, who seems to have upset a great deal of people.

    I can't imagine that either man possess a significant liability to the other if they were to serve on the same ticket.

    Nevertheless, I want out of Iraq and it would take a lot to change my vote away from Clinton.

    February 8, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    If McCain chooses Huckabee as VP we can count on Clinton/Obama in the white house.

    February 8, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Shirley Davis

    Mccain.. what kind of man are you... not one that I want to follow. Drop out of the race.. and take your supporters with you. Actually.. why don't you move out of America... you and George together!

    February 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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