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. Birds of a feather flocks 2 gether!

    Let him be VP ...2 losers together... Republicans.. it is inevitable that that GOP is sinking..... and come November... I hope you guys have a paddle!

    May 18, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    I pray to GOD you're McRAT's VP running mate. We will EAT YOU UP with your NRA Racist comments.



    May 18, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. dude in amsterdam

    no way.

    mccain and jc watts

    gets young vote, conservative vote and black vote.


    May 18, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Yogi

    Yes do and see what will happen. Hint: previous blog.

    May 18, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. palmer

    Tayuh May 18th, 2008 2:30 pm ET

    Cnn.. i demand that you publish my comments!

    That's hilarious!

    Back to the topic. This is a win/lose proposition. I think it would only shift voters with a net-zero effect. Many will move to McCain/Huckabee because of the ticket while driving away an equal amount who would oppose that ticket.

    May 18, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. alice2Fresno,CA

    Huckabee must really want the Pres. post (but, will accept the VP) because remember when Chuck Norris, who supports Huck said McCain was TOO OLD.? Huck is secretely thinking & hoping somehow he'll get to be Pres. & he( Huck) likes the cleb status & being out there on the stage cracking STALE & INAPROPRIATE jokes to a captive audience. I don't think McCain will offer it to him.

    May 18, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Cathy

    Agree with smegma cheesecake, Huckabee's tasteless and over the line joke at the recent NRA meeting wasn't very funny at all and he should not be considered for the number 2 spot.

    May 18, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. John, Brooklyn, NY

    The Democrats would welcome Mike Huckabee as John McCain's running mate. Considering his history of advocating requiring teaching creationism in Arkansas public schools and declaring that gay people should be quarantined because they (not the HIV virus) represented a public health hazard, he'd be one more example of just how out of touch the Republicans are with America.

    May 18, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. San Fran Loves Obama!

    Irrelevant what Huckabee wants since we will have a democrat in the white house!

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. Independent in Florida

    Great combination:

    Keen military pride + religious fanatic = ?

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Brad

    This article makes Huckabee look like a beggar. I think John McCain is going to pick Joe Lieberman. It will teleport McCain to the middle and he can say that he is reaching out to Democrats.

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Larry Karmel

    I pray that Huckleberry is chosen as the running mate to McBush. We'll see a republican defeat that is the inverse of Bush's popularity ratings (for you bush supporters, that means that the defeat will make the opposite historical numbers that this genius has gotten).

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. James

    I support Huckabee as VP. if the republicans are going to go down this fall they should have a preacher on board.

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Daisy

    Wasn't it Huckabee who said he didn't have any problems with the confederate flag? Not only is that unethical, but it's also anti-Republican, IMO. The fight against slavery cost way too many lives, and for people to want to keep these confederate flags around is outrageous.

    May 18, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. mary cleveland, ohio

    Mike Huckabee is a mindless idiot.

    What he said last week about Obama, a supposed joke at he NRA convention, is proof positive that he is unfit for any elected office.

    Can you imagine what he could set off with his mindless remarks?
    We could be obliterated by a fanatic like him from another country who gets upset with his stupid, thoughtless remarks.

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. mark

    Is Huck a good person? Is a sensible person? Is a religious bogot?

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. Joan B

    Opinions galore and no one knows for sure what the American people will do. One thing for sure is that the Democrats system is wacko as it does not make sense at all – Barack O receives 13,000 more votes in a Caucas and receives 13 more delegates than Clilnton. Clinton receives 200,000 more votes and receives 10 more delegates in WV. Who wants such a screwed up party like that running USA. They also have two States "that don't matter" – wonder what the Founding Fathers would say about that.
    I'm not for either Party – one is a little more crooked than the other, and the other is a messed up bunch mixed up leaders. Dean should of squared away MIch and Florida long time ago. What a mess the USA would be under such leaders.
    Joan B

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. notforobama

    Go for it!!!!I am for anybody but Obama!!

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Harry Toder

    I think there would be nothing dumber, from a political standpoint, than for McCain to put Huckabee on the ticket. No one is saying Huckabee wouldn't be a good vice-president, but having him on the ticket would just make it that much tougher for McCain to attract conservative Democrats and independents in November.

    Harry Toder
    Springfield, Ky.

    May 18, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. Mike Thompson

    Huck, don't go away mad. Just go away!

    Huckabee is a self-serving, dishonest, and bigoted individual who never in a million years would have won a primary in a single state if not for evangelical bigotry toward Mormons and an insatiable desire to elect one of their own, his poor gubernatorial record and weak economic skills notwithstanding.

    Please, McCain, pick someone with some real credentials.

    May 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. mehedi

    Huckabee and McCain are a prefect pair for axis of evil

    May 18, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. De Long TriCities

    Like it or not, the Senator McCain needs a VP, and the sooner he selects this individual (for whom it may be) the better it will help him in his road to the whitehouse. I actually don't understand why he hasn't selected a VP yet, what is he waiting on the public opinion choice?
    Huckabee should be on McCain's short list.

    May 18, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Jack Colson

    Whose joke has not gone astray – shows one needs to think more carefully prior to speaking. All of us have made dumb comments that did not come out of the mouth correctly.

    May 18, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Ennis, LA

    He'd make a perfect washroom attendant, tho.

    May 18, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. craig Startt

    Boy, put the huckster on the ticket and write off all the whole country instead of just a few states. How to neutralize your Rev. Wright advantage against Obama? Put a Baptist Minister on the ticket. WOW ! Of all the really dumb ideas floated by the GOP, this has got to be the all time crackpot delusion. It's breathtaking in its idiocy.

    May 18, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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