May 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
10 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. Carter LeCraw

    Huckabee would be a great choice for Vice President. He relates well to the average voter, has a good sense of humor, and will help pull in the conservative base for McCain.

    May 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Vernon

    Go right ahead Huckleberry....that would definitely seal the victory for the Dems!!

    May 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Ben

    Misleading as usual... Russert badgered him and badgered him and after repeatedly demuring and saying it was up to McCain, he said "there's no one he would rather be on a ticket with," which is merely polite and doesn't even guarantee he wants to be on a ticket at all.

    May 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Griff

    John need's Lady Rice...As his running Mate. Between them, they could clean up....

    May 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Tommy

    Mccain is a good man.I would consider voting for him, but with the Bible thumbing, I-dont-believe-in evolution on the ticket - NO WAY!

    He may win some red necks in Alabama but lose every monderate!! Pick Thompson. He appeals to the bible bashers,hate mongers and the independants

    May 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. sage bill

    Huckabee would be a disaster. Condie rice or Bobby Jindal would deliver the White House but not this bozo. If Obama gets the nomination, which would be a huge mistake, Republicans should trounce him and put their best foot forward and not in their mouths.

    May 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. MBFLA

    What a wonderful idea! Nothing could possibly unify the Democrats faster than the Republicans put these two on the same ticket! A warmongering flip-flopper and a tacky religious kook. Thank you!

    May 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. J

    Oh... poor Huckabee...

    No one told him you aren't supposed to ASK to be VP.

    May 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. jon

    just a general political thought here –
    while technically obama may be an african-american, he doesnt have anything in common culturally or as far as his general background is concerned with the vast majority of african-americans who have been voting for him in the primaries. most of those black people were descended from slaves and couldnt tell u which part of the african continent they descended from – obama can bring u to the village where his african uncle, cousins and african grandmother eat their african food (and it aint kfc). obama didnt attend the "state of the black union" a few months ago probably because he knew he didnt have anything in common with anyone there- that wasnt a meeting for people with living relatives born and bred in africa – that was for black people in the united states descended from slaves in america who struggled thru the civil rights movement – a history that b.hussein obama is usurping as his own. b.hussein obama is a total phony in every which way imaginable- unless he wants to pursue a career as a half-african (its more accurate to calll him that than african-american) tv weatherman or something. al roker is an african-american, b.hussein obama is a friggin joke. its actually kinda pitiful that 90 percent of black people in america who have been here for centuries have chosen to be led by someone whos father was fresh off the boat from africa –

    May 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. Steve Hill

    McCain/Huckabee. Utah will go blue for the first time in 44 years.

    May 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. DD

    I am a democrat that is leaning toward McCain and I can not think of a worse running mate. Huckebee is way too extreme and just does not understand how to work with a broad range of values. The US needs to return to a more centered way of thinking and participating in the world as it changes. Extremes on both ends will not work in the future. If Huckebee was to become the Republican vice presidential canidate, many of the conservative democrats would be forced to return their vote to the democratic nominees.

    May 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Craig A Texas Democrat

    This is all too funny to me. Obama will win in the fall.

    May 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Independent

    Something is wrong with CNN moderators. For weeks I attempted posts under "Independent" only to be moderated. Now someone else publishes under that name and the comments are clearly not independent. Why post all the hatred and not show posts from some of us who think, watch, and care ?

    Now my comment !

    McCain must be careful not to alienate swing voters by moving to the right. If he wants to win then he needs to head to the center. Huckabee is too far to the right.

    May 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Huck for the south

    Not going to happen. McCain needs a badger like nominee. Someone to point fingers but at the same time make him look innocent. Kerry used Edwards and Bush used Cheney. I can go back further like Regan used Bush Sr. in his initial bid against Carter.
    Huck can 't play that role. I like Huck but it just wouldn't work.

    McSame 08

    May 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Joe, Northern Virginia

    Oh ... hmm... YEA.. SURE... WHATEVER...Huckabee. Keep dreaming!! I have no problem with people who are vocal of their fantasies. This is preposterous and almost laughable.

    May 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Jay Houston, Texas

    Christine V from Dallas



    OBAMA '08

    May 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Jim,Atlanta

    It will shore up the right wing of the Republican party and scare the beejezzuss out of the moderates.

    A net loss for I'm all in favor of it.

    May 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. anonymous

    Democrats, we have to win this.

    Can you imagine this biggot on a ticket with McCain and McCain dying half way through his administration?

    May 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Bill

    John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Carl Rove equals Larry, Curly, and Moe in intelligence and personal carisma ...... quite a ticket!

    May 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. Watermellon Crawl

    This is just what we need.
    All Huckabee is trying to do is find anyway or means possible to force his "Christian" agenda and what better way than Vice President.

    May 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Eric

    OBAMA-HAGEL is a winner! I can't wait!

    May 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Andre

    No wonder he put gun to Obama in serious but jokeful way as claimed. A baptist preacher who knows how crazy politics is claimed he was joking but the reality is that he knows that the only way GOP can win WH is by getting rid of Democrat Obama who is formidable at this point to win the GE. He must be held responsible should his joke metamorphosed into reality.

    CNN post this time

    May 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. FNJ in Pa

    Whoever he picks they will lose! Love it!

    OBAMA 08'

    May 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    whats funny is i always knew he was staying in the races because he was vying(mispell?) for something. Whether it was for book sales or VP bid, i knew it was more than just leting the people have their vote. It sounds an awful lot like Hillary in a way. No offense to her or her supporters, but you'd have to be blind to think that the primaries and delgates left will lead her to the nomination alone..she has a plan or two cooked up..same as Huckabee.

    May 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. roger in va

    This is the best news yet I have heard for Obama's chances in November.

    Dumb and Dumber!

    May 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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