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. SZ

    CNN, what's with the poor moderation on these message boards? Why is it okay for people to post poorly written or hateful comments–or comments that simply say (something along the lines of) "Go [my candidate]"?

    How do you expect to be perceived as a serious news authority?

    May 18, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. A.Masabo Canada

    At least,the world still remember what u said about pointing a gun to PRESIDENT OBAMA expect u HUCK OR BEE.u forgot ,right?

    May 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Henry

    Please be his running mate, Huck! Your NRA gaffe will be all OVER the television this fall. It'll be that much easier to shut out the neocons.

    May 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. temmydizzle

    Birds of the same feathers................

    May 18, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. San Fran Loves Obama!

    TO: BARACK HUSSAIN OSAMA

    You are cowardice and hateful to use this as your blogging name – CNN – please do not post comments by this shameless coward!

    May 18, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Sammy

    IN ALL SERIOUSNESS - there is NO WAY that John McCain is going to run with this nutcase.

    – Sammy

    May 18, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "There is no one I'd rather be on a ticket with than John" What about Jesus, Mike? You ungrateful, blasphemous fool. Christ/McCain 2008

    May 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Bush, your a sick sick man

    "Christine V from Dallas TX May 18th, 2008 2:18 pm ET

    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………………….."

    HEY, YOU LEFT YOUR CAPS ON!!!!!! OH YEAH YOU HAVE TO PRINT BIG SO EVERYONE WHO CAN'T READ LOWERCASE CAN UNDERSTAND YOU!!!!

    someone, getting nervous about the poor choices their candidates have made in the past, so they're hatin' on us because because we're smart, diverse and are willing to accept them with open arms.

    May 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Jessica, GA

    What a great guy. He'll inspire me to vote against the manchurian candidate. Juan Carlo might as well complete the collapse of the GOP by making Huckaboo his vice.

    May 18, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. KE

    Obama will have a hard time picking his running mate for various reasons.
    It's Obama's record and his experience that matters to some voters, not his race, not his sex, not his running mate, not his constituency.

    May 18, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Rich Ferguson

    Those that think that McCain/Huckabee is a winning ticket are delusional. McCain MIGHT be able to pull of an upset with both moderate appeal and Hillary defectors (myself included). Neither will go for a running mate that shares the divine right of kings approach of governing morals a la Terry Schivo with the present administration. Not many of us share the rigid morality of the conservtive right, and the Republican party doesn't need that 5% even if they make more noise than the 95% that are normally rather than rabidly involved. The conservatives better wake up before they lose control as did the Southern Baptists. Now institutions of higher learning flee that affiliation for fear of being branded with the radical brush of "Intelligent" design. Every election convinces me that Alexander Hamilton was right.

    May 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. San Fran Loves Obama!

    Linda:

    You call yourself a democrat ? You are simply mindless and confused.

    May 18, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Robyn Harris

    Mr. Huckabee would also like to point out that when all of the other candidates wanted to not give Senator McCain a card for Valentine's Day in order to make fun of him. That he didn't go along with it.

    In further remarks, Mr. Huckabee stated, "Well, like Rudy, he like totally wanted to blow Johnny off, but I said like no way dude, he's IN the Posse, but then, Mitt was so like "Just bite him in the Almond Joys!" and then like I way said, "Frak that Tuber" and then like Ron Paul is always like such a evil closet monkey in a spider hole, and he's like Consitution this and Federal Budget that and Rule of Law! Rule of Law! Rule of Law!" It's like "Dude, we need the Jaws of Life just to pull your head out of your @$$!" I just completely bailed on that scene and thanks to that, I think It could be rainbow party time for me the McCainster"

    May 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. KE

    The Obama clan is having a tea party in the news media.

    May 18, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Rush

    I too would love to see McCain teamed with Huckabee. A win-win ticket. Go for it, John!

    May 18, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Bush, your a sick sick man

    "BARACK HUSSAIN OSAMA May 18th, 2008 2:52 pm ET

    I STAND WITH TEARS WELLING IN MY EYES WHEN ASK MSM AND ALL THE REPORTERS THAT KEEP CALLING IT OVER TO

    PLEASE SLAM YOUR PIE HOLES! ___________________________

    IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL WE HAVE A TOTAL ON THE POPULAR VOTE!"

    Oh look. it's a Hillary supporter. I thought they all slithered back under their rock?

    May 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Barack Supporter

    God bless Barack Obama and God bless America!

    The only way a Republican can win the White House is to renounce the Republican party and take on a powerfull Demicrate ( Hillary Clinton) as a running mate.

    Not likely!

    Go Bama! Obama/Clinton 08'

    May 18, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. Ron

    Here is another politician that won't face reality and go away. Keep seperation between politics and religion.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Christine V from Dallas TX

    GET OVER IT!!!!!!

    WE LEARNED THIS FROM OBAMABOTS...SO AHH YOU CALL US BRAINLESS, RACISTS....WELL YOU ARE THE TEACHERS..

    THIS IS FAIR PLAY!!! AND YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW...

    May 18, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Shakiah Westbrook

    After his comment about Barrack Obama getting shot, I wouldn't want him on anybody's ticket. I used to like Mr. Huckabee until this stupid, off the cuff comment that wasn't warranted. I used to give him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn't a bigot and a racist. NO LONGER!

    May 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Adrian

    We will not vote for Obama ! We will not vote for OBAMA! Enough of a percent of the 15 MIllion hat vote for hillary will not vote for Obama, enough to undermine his efforts! Remember how close the last elections have been.
    Some of us will sit the election out, some of us will vote third party, and some of us will vote repub! Either way, you should know flawed, fake candidate will be going down this Nov. WATCH!

    May 18, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Bush, your a sick sick man

    McCain/Bush '08

    Now there's a ticket for all you bigots!!!

    May 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Tammy

    What kind of "man of God" makes those kind of jokes? None of my Baptist preachers have. First, the joke about the Confederate flag and then the joke about the gunshot to Senator Obama! Go ahead, run as the VP with Senator McCain! The EDUCATED, decent Christians in this good country will see him for what he really is! As one of the candidates once said about someone else, "SHAME ON YOU!!!!"

    May 18, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. J Williamson

    If you want a good laugh, google "Ric Mercer talking to Americans" – when Huck was Gov he told a Canadian comedy group (posing as journalists) that he "congratulated Canada on the completion of their National Igloo." The same group "got" Geo Bush in 2000 (old Geo thought it good for Canada to "join North America") Hey maybe Huck is qualified to be a heart-beat away from the presidency, after all!

    May 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Community Privates

    All of you who won't support Obama because you can't handle he beat Hillary fair and square, have fun letting McCain and his court telling you what you can do with your private parts. Please get over yourselves.Here is to Barack and freedom over your "Junk". wink wink.

    May 18, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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