May 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
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Huckabee says he'd like to be McCain's running mate

Mike Huckabee says even when he was John McCain's rival, he was always complimentary of him.
Mike Huckabee says even when he was John McCain's rival, he was always complimentary of him.

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday he’s interested in John McCain’s No. 2 spot.

“There's no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain,” the former Arkansas governor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Let me point out that all during the campaign, when I was his rival, not a running mate, there was no one who was more complimentary of him publicly and privately,” he said.

Huckabee abandoned his presidential bid after McCain clinched the Republican nomination in early March.

When Huckabee announced his candidacy in January 2007, the former Baptist pastor was best known for his dramatic weight loss. The 52-year-old governor dropped more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2003.

Huckabee went on to finish first in the Iowa caucuses January 3, placing him among the top tier of Republican hopefuls.

He lagged behind Mitt Romney and McCain in the next round of contests, in New Hampshire and Michigan, and trailed McCain in South Carolina. However, his victories in the Deep South states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and his native Arkansas in the February 5 Super Tuesday contests helped force Romney out of the race.

“I want to make sure you know [McCain] was my number two choice. I still wanted to win, but if I couldn't, John McCain, from always, was the guy I would've supported and have now supported,” Huckabee said.

Asked if it would help McCain if he were to be the vice president, Huckabee said that’s something only McCain can decide.

“I'm going to support him because I think he's the right person for America. I think he has the kind of seasoning and maturity that this country needs.”


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soundoff (472 Responses)
  1. GOP SCUM

    To which the audience responds....

    YEEEEEEEHAAAAAAWWWWW!

    May 18, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Live and Let Live!

    That is wonderful! Good luck! Please start tomrrow!

    May 18, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Kjetil

    I think this guy seems like a nice man, but he is to maniac. He compeard gay people too criminals (seen on web from CNN video some month ago), is too much into looking down at people who dont have a religious faith and now the last "kill Obama" joke. Even if he is moderate in other issues and is good on debates he is just too extreme and crazy for a vp spot. He is one of those that make Wright look moderate.

    May 18, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. R.I.F.

    Sharon Minnesota
    Hillary or McShame
    Terry in Fl
    Tom
    Gary
    Shelia
    An American in Canada

    Everyone, please ignore these people. They are about as much as a democrat as Rush Limbaugh. They spew hate on every single blog including this one about the health of a long time democrat. If that's not eveidence that they are not true democrats then I don't know what is. They continue to say that they are life long democrats and if not Hillary then McCain, but they are liars. They are not democrats and if they are then we don't need them and their hate in this party. They laugh at the Huckabee joke and then make fun of Kennedy's health? Again, they are republicans drumming up fear and stirring the pot. Get LOST!!!

    May 18, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Carol from Oregon

    Now that Huckabee has brought up the subject of someone pointing a gun at Obama, we've got a big problem. You don't do that in a country that has shot four of its Presidents and tried a lot more. We need more protection for Barack and Michelle.

    May 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Christine V from Dallas TX

    The media from CNN, MSNBC to FOX has stated OBAMA HAS WORK TO DO IF HE IS TO CONVINCE HILLARY'S SUPPORTERS!

    I have to laugh because NOW EVERYONE REALIZES THAT HE WILL NOT WIN NOVEMBER…..

    AND NO MATTER HOW DELUSIONAL THE MEDIA PERCEIVES THAT WE WILL COME AROUND AND VOTE FOR THE *PRODUCT* …..THEY KNOW
    THE TRUTH….THEY KNOW THE DEMS WILL NOT BE UNITED…

    WELL OBAMA SUPPORTERS THANKS A MILLION!!!! YOU BROUGHT THIS TO YOURSELF….YOU ARE HATEFUL, RACISTS BRATS…..

    HAVE FUN BECAUSE NOW YOU NOT ONLY HAVE TO DEAL WITH US WHO IS LEAVING YOU ON YOUR OWN …BUT NOW YOU ARE DEALING WITH REPUBS…………………..

    May 18, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. kayinmaine

    Rev. Hagee also wants to be McCrazy's running mate. Why are the right wing religious wackos gravitating to him? Oh wait. I know. Nevermind.

    May 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Mary - Independent

    McCain has to have a running mate – LIKE IT OR NOT!
    If you don't like like it – go elsewhere!

    May 18, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Steve From Oregon

    Just what McCain needs to ensure his defeat. I saw Huckabee on Meet the Press. He made a comment that McCain is the best person to be president. Then what the heck did he waste all those delegates for when he thought McCain was the best person. Just what the U.S. needs; an old man and a preacher. God save us all.

    May 18, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Hans-Erik Iken

    Hmm, seems like another candidate that will say or do anything for a bit of political power. At least McCains jokes are funny so maybe Huckabee can learn something there.

    May 18, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Kevin, Evansville IN

    *Dualing banjos plays quietly in the distance*

    May 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. HereWeGo

    Sure he can, right after he makes sure some crazy shoots at Obama...it's a joke...yeah sure.

    May 18, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Emiel

    “There's no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain,” the former Arkansas governor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

    This guy must be a real genious if you ask me! McCain is the only GOP candidate left, there is no other ticket to be on...

    May 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Joseph Adewole

    Who cares? Birds of the same feather, flocks together....they are on the loosing side.

    May 18, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. EA

    Used to think you were a decent man, but the way in which you joked, and the dissmissively apoligized made me change my mind. It's funnt how when we want a piece of that power, how quickly our true colors come out. Another example of the same old Washington politics at play here.

    May 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Amius, San Diego,CA

    So much for McCain's appeal to moderate independents in November!

    May 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Lisa in GA

    Huckabee sucks..... a bi racist preacher and a war monger.... what's next!

    May 18, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    The nail in McCain's coffin!!! Go for it!

    May 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    If he runs with McShame, he's no man of God. Check McCain's history at the following web-site. No Wonder He was REJECTED in 2000 !!

    Wake up and educate yourselves before it is too late – he was rejected in 2000 for MANY reasons

    http://www.usvetdsp.com/story22.htm

    Educate yourselves before it is too late !!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. JaseFace

    Oh man, I really really hope Huckabee does become McCain's running mate. Having that nutjob on the ticket will ensure the decimation of the Republicans this fall.

    May 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Darryl

    kiss up huckabee that sounds good.....

    May 18, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. drew rowe

    McCain/ Huckabee would clearly be a winning ticket. Huckabee would consolidate the "solid South" for the Republicans, energizing the evangelical Christian base and fending off efforts by Obama to "redraw" the electoral map. That would leave McCain free to carry the campaign into the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, and West Virginia as well as holding on to his own home base in the Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorada. Given a choice between Obama and McCain, the Clinton-Reagan Democrats will vote for McCain, who has a clear path to gaining the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

    May 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. Willy

    They would get my VOTE!

    May 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Edward

    Well that would be nice since neither wears the flag pin they have that in common. Phoenix, AZ

    May 18, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    He's a nice decent man, but I cannot see him as V.P., but
    then again I cannot see McCain As Presidnet.

    May 18, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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