May 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
7 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. Colin

    Smegma-

    He's already apologized for that and even admitted it to not being funny. But let's be prejudiced because made an off-hand comment. That okay, sweetie? ;)

    May 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    O LORD, HOW IS IT THAT A PREACHER CAN THINK THIS WAY.

    THE HEAVENS & EARTH WOULD HAVE BECOME ONE,

    IF JEREMIAH WRIGHT HAD SAID THAT ABOUT WARBUCKS.

    May 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. JA Cook

    Sure let's have McCain add the man who would have the Constitution re-written in God's word rather than the words of man. If you're not a devout Christian – tough luck.

    May 18, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. J.S.

    McCain, Huckabee and default Hillary supporters are a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.....Uneducated, Racist, Pathetic......

    May 18, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Anna, SW Missouri

    Political suicide for McCain if he were to pick Huckabee at this time. Huckabee's joke about Obama would be a gift that keeps on giving for the Democrats. Even the NRA would be front and center about having to reject Huckabee or they would be seen as racist and wanting guns to shoot people instead of for hunting.

    Huckabee wants to change the constitution which may win some conservative votes that won't go out and vote for McCain, but will do a great service to the Democrats to help them reconcile their differences rather quickly. Women would join forces immediately for womens right to choose. With McCain's age factor, his VP selection will be a major factor in this race.

    May 18, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. Carol

    Isn't Huckabee's "humorous" comment about threatening the life of a presidential candidate a matter for the CIA? Oh wait, I forgot, these are Repub;icans who leave Blacks to die on rooftops in Katrina. The CIA under Bush is investigating REALLY important things, like how Cheney DIDN't outst agent Valerie Plame.
    FOR 100 MORE YEARS IN IRAQ , AND $100 MORE DOLLARS FOR GAS – VOTE REPUBLICAN!!

    May 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Karen

    Yeah, his is a good choice for McCain. The problem is this is a bad year for Repub, no matter who is VP.

    May 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. s.positive

    Mr Huckabee, I used to be a fan because I thought you were different but, you have dissappointed many of us. Your Loss Sir, your big Loss...

    May 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Clayton

    Huckabee has said repeatedly that his understanding of the war on terror is grounded in his background in theology. This is not a man equipped to be the second in command. His moral views make him ill-suited for representing his constituents. It's clear that he's homophobic (he's compared homosexuals to necrophiliacs and as much as it pains some of you homosexuals do deserve representation under our government), and it's not entirely obvious that he's not a racist. It is clear from his latest remarks that he, like McCain, is a child that could not represent us well internationally. Bad enough that McCain sang 'Bomb, bomb Iran'. Worse that after that gaff and with the benefit of hindsight, Huckabee thinks that this was funny and not inappropriate.

    Wouldn't it be nice to have serious adults run this country for a change?

    May 18, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    COM ON FOR THE LOVE OF GOD.

    STAND UP WHITE FOLKS, AGAINST THIS KIND OF HATE.

    DON'T LET THESE PEOPLE DIRTY ALL OF US.

    MOST, MOST & MOST OF US ARE NOT THIS VILE SCUM.

    May 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. 2PACOLYPSE

    Great,

    Just what we need to Medicaid approved seniors on the ticket who both are racist, anti-gay, anti-civil rights, anti feminine and pro Bush/Cheney copycats. Just look at the Republican rhetoric against Obama just the past week alone being spewed between Bush, McCain and now Huckabee with his Obama fell to the floor because he was shot nonsense when addressing the NRA. That's just typical Republican Redneck Rhetoric that apparently the American people have grown to be fed up with. Haven't you GOP idiots lost enough elections to realize this tactic doesn't work anymore or playing race baiting games isn't gonna cut it. You three are linked with a president who has the worse approval rating out of all the presidents who's ever served in the history of this nation since the rating was invented and trying to run and hide from his dismal work as President won't save you, nor Obama bashing. See ya, wouldn't want to be ya GOP GOOP.

    May 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. HILLARY RULES THE SOUTH , MEMPHIS TN

    ILL VOTE FOR HIME IF HILLARY IS NOT THE LEADER OR THE DEM TICKET I DONT LIKE THE BLACK GUY .

    May 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Brian MacDougall

    He would have to be John McInsane to even consider it. Ronald McDonald would be a better choice for VP, and considerably less clownish.

    May 18, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I GOT IT.

    HUCKAHATE CAN BE THE DEVIL'S MATE.

    May 18, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Gumby

    Neither one of these guys are republican. They are "new age" democrats who love socialism and hih taxes.

    May 18, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    This would be a big mistake and would never happen.

    May 18, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Keith Turner Marion NC

    McCain has my vote no matter who his running mate is. I would love to see Huckabee on the ticket.

    May 18, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. CB

    It don't make any difference who McCain pick.

    We have DEMOCRATS who say they won’t vote for OBAMA, but we have just as many REPUBLICANS. who say they will. Just something to think about for you CLINTON SUPPORTS who won’t support OBAMA.

    It sounds like an EVEN TRADE TO ME, except the cross over REPUBLICANS is getting the better part of the deal. Just my 2 cents or 1.

    Now is the time to SHANK HANDS, KISS and make up to get ahead of the game.

    Obama 08!

    May 18, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Liliana

    who the hell he thinks he is? Would somebody like him wanted to be Obama's VP, Obama had been from all fronts "fired" (up)! Stop the SHOW and GET REAL!

    from abroad, with love

    go Obama

    May 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. bimmer49

    I think McCain should consider Hillary as arunning mate. Two real patriots who both love their country in heart and in public and would not compromise national .secuirty.

    This will beat Obama-Ayers ticket anyday.

    May 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Danielle

    As a Democrat I would love to see Huckabee run under McCain, this guarantees a Democratic Victory! Especially after Huckabees joke about shooting Obama AND how he claims to be a “Christian” but one, supports this unjust war, two, does not support programs set up to help the less fortunate and three, makes hateful jokes. Great choice McCain!

    May 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. GERIATRIC

    HUCKABEE IS SNEAKY AND DEVIOUS. IF YOU WATCH THE CLIP OF HIS GUN JOKE, YOU WILL REALIZE THE JOKE WAS STAGED AND PRE-PLANNED. THE TIMING OF HIS RESPONSE TO THE NOISE IN THE HALLWAY, SEEMS LIKE A ON QUE RESPONSE. TOTALLY PRE -PLANNED, ORCHESTRATED, AND A DIRTY LOW DOWN ATTEMPT AT CHEAP HUMOR.

    May 18, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Anna, SW Missouri

    Oh yes, I have to add to my above comments that if Huckabee joined the McCain ticket, all hispanics would immediately be behind the Democratic Ticket. This would seal the deal for Democrats.

    May 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Tamara from New Mexico

    400 people have been gunned down in Chicago the past 3 months, right in Obama's backyard. Don't you think he ought to start negotiating with gang leaders before he takes on Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong? Let's see what he can do.

    May 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. ED FL

    I wonder if he is a good enough shot or does the NRA need to train him to a higher level of competency.he could get practice by shooting at the head of the IRA .

    May 18, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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