HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) – Mike Huckabee is clearly tired of being asked if he’s dropping out of the race.
“What is the big hurry here?” Huckabee asked reporters in Houston Sunday. “I guess I fail to see it. The Democrats are still having a primary, and all of these [Republicans] who for the last two or three weeks have been saying, ‘let's hurry and get ours over with.’ Well, what's the hurry?”
“We have six or seven months before the convention, and another two months after that until we have the election,” continued Huckabee, adding, “I don't know that there's a bomb sitting under anybody's chair that's going to go off if we don't have the nominee all settled before we get through Texas and Ohio and go on to places like Mississippi and Pennsylvania and Nebraska and North Carolina.”
Trailing far behind John McCain in the polls with two days until primaries in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont, Huckabee said he’s moving forward optimistically and that in the past polls have been unreliable.
When asked if he is fracturing the Republican Party, Huckabee argued that Ronald Reagan stayed in the 1976 race despite calls for him to drop out and McCain himself continued to run against President George W. Bush in 2000 when the outcome seemed inevitable.
“So for us to suddenly act as if there’s a different urgency in 2008 than there was in 2000 and 1976 or 1980, any time we’ve had a primary, I’m not sure what that is,” said Huckabee.
Whatever the outcome, Huckabee says he would still like to play a role in the Republican Party, saying of his platform, “I think certainly the views and values [represent the future of the Party] but somebody has to articulate those views and values, somebody has to be willing to lead them.”