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. twister61

    Terrific! Two RINO,S on the same ticket.This nutjob Huckleberry is a racist like OBAMA! Huckleberry hates blacks...Obama hates whites! Oh yea..and Michele too! The only candidate who will get many write in votes in November will be Mitt Romney!

    May 18, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Clint H

    Christine V.,

    You need to check yourself before your wreck yourself.

    Clinton is the one who is using race to divide our country. Like she demands the right to be president. Get a clue... we hate her and would vote for McCain any time over her.

    Now have Obama/Edwards on the ticket... you can bet Obama will win it all. And screw the Clintons!

    Obama/Edwards 2008
    Mitt Romney 2012

    May 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Ken

    Never crack a joke in front of democrats or blondes.....sorry sweetie.....the blondes are improving....I am happy Mr. Huckabee made his apology to Mr. Obama in all 57 states....The NRA was never a racist joke anyway...This was a second amendment joke......besides they seem to be bitter.....

    May 18, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Dave

    God help us all.

    May 18, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. Bren carter

    HAS THIS MAN APOLOGIZED FOR THE RUDE STATEMENT ABOUT OBAMA AT THE NRA. UNCALLED FOR. SOUNDS RACIST TO ME. DID YOU SEE HIS EYES. OBAMA WOULD HAVE HAD TO SAY HE WAS SORRY. WHATS UP WITH ALL THAT. JERK HUCKABEE. AND I WAS JUST ABOUT TO GIVE HIM A CONSIDERATION.

    OBAMA 08

    May 18, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. Pam from SF Bay Area

    What draws me to McCain is he's fairly moderate, leaning a bit more toward libertarian than any Republican nominee in a long time. But Huckabee is too extreme right for me. McCain might just lose my vote if Huckabee becomes the VP. (but I won't vote for Obama either, heh...) No way that McCain will get dem support if Huckabee is added to the ticket either. He's best off getting another moderate Republican as his VP.

    May 18, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Bush, your a sick sick man

    "Adrian May 18th, 2008 5:07 pm ET

    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!"

    A vote for McCain is a vote for bush and millions of us who vote for Obama will have the last laugh because you know us smart people are right. We don't vote based on fear. You were the ones who voted for "chimpy" in the first place and you hate being wrong.

    May 18, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Exactly what this country (doesn't) need – right wing politics

    May 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Addam

    I think this is a great idea. Will ensure a victory for Obama

    May 18, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Bob G.

    Huckleberry needs to get down on his knees and apologize profusely to Barry Obama for that ridiculous joke over and over for people to forget that he even said it – About as dumb as Hillary and sniper fire.

    The last thing we need is airports, national monuments and a street in every city in the USA named after Barry. Much rather name them after he has done GREAT things like Ronald Reagan. More than likely he'll be closer to Carter (hate to think about another Carter type presidency).

    May 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. economistman

    Not a chance, Huck.

    May 18, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. R Gale

    Well.....We'll soon know whether McCain is out of touch or not. If he picks Huckabee, a candidate that will not pull a single vote away from Obama, then he IS out of touch. Time to put on your maverick hat again John – this election is yours to lose.

    May 18, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Bayou Joe

    McCain will win in November.. with or without Huckabee. No one wants the African idol with no experience and a questionable agenda as President.

    Too bad you Obamabots laid so much hate on Hillary. You have no respect for anyone that disagrees with you and your idol.

    May 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. julie

    i would vote for him in this case

    May 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Richard

    Huckabee is such a horrible person, based on what I know of his policy ideas, that if he runs with McCain and gets elected, we wouldn't be repeating Bush's Presidency, as we would with just McCain, we would be getting closer to something like the Crusades. Not only would the Republicans control the White House, but they would likely get to the point where they control every seat of the supreme court. Say goodbye to any of the advances we have made through things like gay marriage in California... Roe vs. Wade would be gone as well. It would be so bad, I would seriously move to Canada or Europe the day after the election.

    I don't love America, I love the ideas behind freedom embodied by it. But they are now scant and fleeting. And this would be the final straw.

    May 18, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. The Truth

    I see a lot of white folks at Obomus ralley in Oregon. I guess they are the ones not bitter who cling. I am a clinger myself. Guess I missed the rally. Let me know when that next one is.

    May 18, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Joe Reg

    I think it would be good to start tomorrow.

    Obama will crush you both.

    Change is coming to America.

    MikeSame.

    May 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Joe Reg

    Oh God.

    The Republicans are doomed.

    They are going down.

    May 18, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Joe Reg

    Bring them on.

    America has Republicans sickness this year

    They are doomed.

    They are going down.

    May 18, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. trisha2

    yeah no way. huckabee's comments on gays have just turned me off completely to him. i couldn't vote for a mccain-huckabee ticket.

    i hope he picks mitt. that would be a great team.

    May 18, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. New Sensation

    Even George W. would be a better choice for VP. If McCain wants to sink his own ship, he'll pick the Huckster. The smart choice for him would be Hillary she's a wolf in sheep's clothes anyway.

    May 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. don

    Great choice to pick Huckabee! McCain/Huckabee is the winning ticket. This is going to energize the party and bring all together. Glad our candidates have been civil and supportive of one another. Party unity is soothing to the American people.

    May 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. Jenny

    That is perfect ! 2 idiots together...That make it easier for us to win in November !

    May 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    HILLARY COULD BEAT THEM NO PROBLEM!!!!!!

    OBAMA IS A JOKE AND WILL BE MADE TO LOOK SO BAD THAT HE WILL NEVER HOLD A PUBLIC OFFICE AGAIN AFTER THIS!!!!!!!

    HE IS A NOBODY WITH NO ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!!!

    WE NEED A FIGHTER LIKE HILLARY! SHE IS SMART AND TENACIOUS!

    YOU KEEP IT UP HILLARY!

    THE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES WHO DECIDE THIS ELECTION!!!!!

    HILLARY GETS OUR VOTE!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. XDEM

    To the obama supporters, please stop calling him President, you and he are way to full of yourselves and you will be sorely disappointed come Nov.

    May 18, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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