March 4th, 2008
05:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee’s campaign manager: ‘Not going to run a fool’s mission’

DALLAS, Texas (CNN) - Mike Huckabee would like to stay in the Republican race, says his campaign director Ed Rollins, who adds: “we’re not going to run a fool’s mission.”

Rollins says the campaign does not plan on making any announcements about Huckabee’s fate until they sift through the Texas results. Not only do they want to make sure Senator John McCain has the 1,191 committed delegates he needs to secure the nomination, they want to see if Huckabee can eat into the double-digit lead McCain held in polls going into Tuesday’s Texas race.

Earlier, Huckabee told reporters outside a Texas polling station that his campaign was still hoping for a win in the state, but that either way, they would take Wednesday to assess the landscape and plan their next move. One aide said as late as Monday night that the campaign was looking into events in Mississippi.

But if McCain does become the official nominee, Huckabee says he will definitely back his Republican rival. He has also made it clear he will not try to run on a third party ticket. As for what the future could hold if Huckabee’s hopes for an upset in Texas are dashed: Rollins won’t rule out another try for the White House in 2012.

- CNN’s Mary Snow

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. deborah

    I dont think hillary has benefit from the ads and the negative press that has been going obamas way , ijust think that the media was not doing there job and know we should take a seat and see what Mr smooth TALK IS ALL ABOUT

    March 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Marc J, GA

    ‘Not going to run a fool’s mission’?

    Then he shouldn't have signed on with Huckabee to begin with. Blind leading the blind here.

    March 4, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Casey, Atlanta

    Huckabee's main problem is his last name. America would never elect a war time President named Huckabee. I can't imagine the name inspires fear ir respect in any language.

    March 4, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Mandy

    Huckabee still has a voice for alot of Americans. IF people would actually stop and listen to it. But most don't...they just listen to what the MSM feeds them.

    March 4, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    That's about a month late isn't it?

    March 4, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Mike

    I'm a supporter of Huck's FairTax initiative, more than anything controversial that others feel about the rest of his platform. So, I hope he goes independent on a third-party ticket.

    March 4, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Jamie M

    It's sad when American voters base their decisions on the candidates names or resort to name-calling. Is it that much easier to for us to bash the ones we don't like than be optimistic about the ones we do like? Remember, we ALL live in the same country. We're all on the same 'team'. While we sit here and bash candidates left & right, other countries are gaining an upper hand in this world as we become more and more divided.

    Luke 11:17 –
    "Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall."

    March 4, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  8. Hillphil

    We need McCain to continue as Bush has.
    Just think of all these widow women with cash.

    March 4, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Debijo

    As a candidate, Mike Huckabee is a breath of fresh air in this election. His character and determination, despite media efforts to minimize him in this race, are a reflection of the kind of person he is and why so many people wholeheartedly support him and believe he would make a great President.

    March 4, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Arrthur Elmer

    It is sad that Huckabee was not more pleasing to the more voters.I think the republican lost a lot of its glow.
    John McCain is nothing more than a me Bush and who wants another Bush in the Whitehouse?
    I have seen two and them and neither were worth the price the American people paid for them.

    March 4, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. Ronald Reagan

    Huck is the best choice if you study it. He worked with dems in Ark. Erased their deficit created by the guy before him. He shows leadership and charisma, speaking ability to rally the party.

    March 4, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Polly A

    In every state he has significantly closed the gap when people were able to hear his message. His problem was lack of time and money. And he didn't have the backing of the GOP elite. But seriously, is there any sane person who doesn't think 60,000+ pages of tax code is too much? He is the only candidate that has big but workable ideas.

    March 4, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Polly A

    Also, about McCain. He bores me to death. GAG!!

    March 4, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Maria

    Americans have chosen wrong candidates. McCain is not qualified to be a republican. He's more democrat than republican. He doesn't share my moral values so I'm not going to vote for him. I will write Mr. Huckabee in.
    McCain will never beat Obama.

    March 4, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. Mike F

    Huckabee would of won A LOT more support if he had the monetary or name backing the others did. If you look at what Huckabee did with what he had and what any other candiate did with what they had. You see Huckabee's done more. John McCain's best move at this moment is to declare Mike Huckabee his V.P. running mate or a planned memeber of his cabinet. This will definatly unite the GOP against the trying contests ahead to come against the Democratcs. I have and remain a Huckabee supporter, there aren't very many of us here in Jersey, but I still remain admant in the hope that McCain will name Governor Mike Huckabee as his running mate.

    March 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |