May 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Brian

    hahahaha!!! Yeah McCain choose Huckabee please!

    If Hillary is Obama's choice ... Hillary will destroy him in the debates!!! Smart, educated, well spoken women against a backwoods pastor....hahaha... Oh please I would love to see this.

    May 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. MD Democrat

    Huckabee is too much of a hate monger to ever fit on a mainstream political ticket. However, I sincerely hope that McCain chooses him because it will ensure Democratic victory in November.

    May 18, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Daniel

    I hope he chooses Huckabee.

    IMO the true racists are the ones who think the gun comment was racist; for the rest of us the racist thought didn't even enter our heads until we heard someone else say it.

    May 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Just what the Republican Party needs – Dick Cheney light (Huckabee) to go with Bush light (McCain).

    May 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Brian

    hahahaha!!! Yeah McCain choose Huckabee please!

    If Hillary is Obama's choice ... Hillary will destroy him in the debates!!! Smart, educated, well spoken women against a backwoods pastor....hahaha... Oh please I would love to see this.

    May 18, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Indiana Bob

    To all of you Obama supporters who are so full of hate (like your candidate). You keep asking for Hillary to drop out. Careful what you ask for. If she drops out now, that leaves her plenty of time to pursue a third party ticket. I certainly hope she does. That would be the end of Obama and his hateful supporters, his hate preaching preacher, and his wife, who hated America until her husband ran for president.

    May 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Colony14Author

    There is no possible way McCain would choose Huckabee as his running mate. McCain's best choice would be either Ron Paul or Condoleeza Rice. With Paul, McCain would gain votes from limited-government Libertarians and isolationists. With Rice, McCain would gain votes from those who would otherwise vote for Obama or Clinton out of some distorted sense of guilt (ginned up by the media in general, and by CNN in particular).

    I have long argued that the first black or female President or Vice-President would be a Republican, because Republicans are more likely to vote on principle, thus shunning any socialist like Obama or Clinton of the other party, while Democrats are more likely to vote style-over-substance and vote for the other party. With McCain as his running mate, reasonable people can vote for him without being accused of being racist or sexist for not voting for Obama or Clinton.

    There is a fair amount of collective guilt out there driving support for a "first black" or "first woman" President, and that can be effectively countered by McCain by choosing Rice as his running mate. No Democrat can win a national election without relying on a large majority of the black vote, and if McCain can capture just 20 per cent of that with Rice, he'll win in a landslide. Do the math: there are likely more people who would never vote for a socialist than would never vote for a black or a woman.

    May 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Matt

    So we're one croak away from a former BAPTIST MINISTER running our country if that ticket wins in November? Heck no.

    May 18, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Margo Murphy

    I am a democrat who will probably be voting for McCain. Unless Huckabee is his running mate. Obama's too left and Huckabee is too right. This country needs Clinton!!

    May 18, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. 100yearwar?

    ron paul is still in and the presumtive nominee could get exposed for the( vets against jon mccain.com)or the cancer could come back his kind of cancer 8 out of 10 times does.If you want the truth go to infowars.com/prisonplanet.com alex jones has put out 18 documentaries!spellings off message is right on be brave grow some and look for yourself!infowars.com ps cnn/fox are in on the globalization plan that is why your info is so suppressed ! police state here we come!

    May 18, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. ABC=Anybody But Clinton

    great.....dumber and dumbest.........

    May 18, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. JC

    Was Huckabee on SNL when he said that?
    His camp and Chuck said McCain is too old, but he wants to be his running mate now. What is he thinking? Another way to get presidency?

    If we want our science education to return to the Stone Age, vote for McCain/Huckabee. Do we want to hear a preacher from the White House every Saturday and Sunday? Not me.

    If McCain considers using Huckabee to attract Evangelicals, he will lose support from voters like myself.
    State and church does not mix and McCain should know that.

    Anybody but Huckabee or Clinton!
    Of course, Huckabee can say whatever he wants, but I treasure my freedom of religion and speech in a democracy, not a dynasty.

    May 18, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Colony14Author

    There is no possible way McCain would choose Huckabee as his running mate. McCain's best choice would be either Ron Paul or Condoleeza Rice. With Paul, McCain would gain votes from limited-government Libertarians and isolationists. With Rice, McCain would gain votes from those who would otherwise vote for Obama or Clinton out of some distorted sense of guilt (ginned up by the media in general, and by CNN in particular).

    I have long argued that the first black or female President or Vice-President would be a Republican, because Republicans are more likely to vote on principle, thus shunning any socialist like Obama or Clinton of the other party, while Democrats are more likely to vote style-over-substance and vote for the other party. With Rice as his running mate, reasonable people can vote for McCain without being accused of being racist or sexist for not voting for Obama or Clinton.

    There is a fair amount of collective guilt out there driving support for a "first black" or "first woman" President, and that can be effectively countered by McCain by choosing Rice as his running mate. No Democrat can win a national election without relying on a large majority of the black vote, and if McCain can capture just 20 per cent of that with Rice, he'll win in a landslide. Do the math: there are likely more people who would never vote for a socialist than would never vote for a black or a woman.

    May 18, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Pat from Houston

    As a nation we've lost our morality due to TV/Movies, we've lost our money due to greedy gas barons and now we have lost our minds due to the cesspool we call politics. What have we done to ourselves? If ever there was a get to crackin' call for a third political party, the sound of Huckabee's voice is it!

    May 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Colony14Author

    CNN:

    I had a terrible typo in my comment of a minute ago... please discard and use the second comment which followed almost immediately.

    Thank you!

    May 18, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. obijieze

    Now it is making sense. Little wonder he is wishing someone shoots Obama. Out of the aboundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Isn't that right REV Huck ' cos that is the only way you can realise your dream

    Obama '08

    May 18, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Chris

    If McCain chose Mike Huckabee as VP it would cost McCain the election. A McCain/Huckabee ticket will not bring victory in swing states like Ohio and McCain could lose independent voters since Huckabee appeals to more conservative evangelical voters. And if something ever horrible happened to McCain, I do not want Huckabee taking over the nation.

    May 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Observer

    Can anyone actually believe McCain and Huckabee could be President and Vice President.

    Dumb and Dumber comes to mind.

    Thank goodness that the Democrats are going to WIN.

    At least they have some intelligience.

    May 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. The Oracle

    Lol. Colony, the diff is Condi has no real love from the black community. He would still lose. now, if Colin Powell were on there, he might have a shot. But Powell supports BO.

    May 18, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Emily

    I think Huckabee on the ticket scares the liberals because they know that ultimately, it would give the right wing conservatives a reason to come out and vote in droves for a McCain/Huckabee ticket instead of sitting at home fighting their moral convictions & consciences that prevent them for being 100% behind McCain.

    We all know that these are the silent majority. . . too busy working and doing day-to-day to get on the internet and play crybaby. Weren't the liberal people shocked when Bush won? The media and loud liberal whineyness made them think they had won hands down.

    All of these candidates are starting to show their claws. . . including St. Obama who has nothing of substance to say. Solutions, please! Add Edwards to that ticket, and we'll have the emptiest White House ever.

    I'm from NC. Even people who used to support him here (including Democrats) think he is a joke. He never did much of substance for us. He's a great politician in the Hollywood sense of the word. Just take a look at his (lack of) representation for our state after he was elected.

    I can't tell you how many people I know who don't sit around and discuss politics like you folks here, but when politely asked about what they think, they say Obama in the White House would destroy this country. Hillary's probably worse because she might actually have the influence to get something done.

    If you quit watching CNN and listening to the pundits, I think you'd be shocked to see the number of people who still think good enough of George Bush despite all the hate the loudest spew.

    May 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Voter from CT

    Look at Linda's post, I knew some of these Hillary supporters threatening to vote for Mccain were always republicans! This is that chaos project at it's best, how pathetic, they're all about lies and smere tactics, they think they're so clever we see right through you, name's are already being put on a list thanks to RIF and he's not the only one who's noticed!

    May 18, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Ideal Choice: One who doesn't believe in evolution, and one who was there.

    May 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Pepou

    Christine V. from Dallas : with Democrats like you who needs Republicans ? Vote McCain if you wish and suffer the consequences. But don't blame Obama's supporters. At least they have the courage of their principles.

    May 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. HopeThrives

    NATE: You got a big smile from me.....you're comment was great!
    Very funny!

    WhiteWomanForObama08-12

    May 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Henry

    Huckabee is better than Mitt Romney. However, Obama is the best. I think he will choose Missouri Governor as running mate, or maybe Hillary.. who knows but it's upto him. Anyway, whoever is on McCain's ticket, it's obvious that we will have a democrat in the white house for next term.

    May 18, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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