(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Saturday he's not formally being vetted for the No. 2 spot on John McCain's presidential ticket.
The former Arkansas governor, whose insurgent candidacy won the hearts of social conservatives and shook up the Republican presidential primary race, told Radio Iowa the McCain campaign has yet to ask him for any information pertaining to its VP vetting process.
"If you're asking me have I had an official contact from the McCain campaign, no I have not. In all candor, no," he told the radio station. "No one has said, 'Hey, I need your tax form.'
But Huckabee noted he's already been through a vetting process of sorts: "I mean I think if a person has been a candidate, they have already been scrutinized - most everything they want or need to know is in some public record somewhere."
Still, the Arkansas Republican, who now serves as a political commentator for Fox News, said he doesn't expect to be offered the job.
"I'm not sitting around waiting on the phone to ring and right now - it would really mess up a lot of things I have going," he said.
Huckabee's shoestring presidential campaign came to an end in early March, after the former governor won eight states - mostly in the South - and amassed 278 delegates. His resounding win in Iowa is largely credited with derailing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential hopes.
Earlier this week, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty - widely believed to be on McCain's VP shortlist - also said he had yet to hand over any information to the Arizona senator's campaign.
(CNN) - As increasingly fevered vice presidential speculation swirls around the nation’s governors, many of the names topping most experts’ hypothetical shortlists are gathering in Philadelphia Saturday.
Potential Republican VPs attending the weekend’s National Governor’s Association meeting include Republicans Sarah Palin of Alaska and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Democrats Tim Kaine of Virginia, Brian Schweitzer of Montana and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas are also on hand.
The man currently leading the NGA, Republican Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and his incoming successor, Democrat Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, are also in the spotlight as potential running mates. Both men have downplayed their interest in the job – though they haven’t ruled it out.
Rendell has said he would consider a cabinet post, but is planning to remain in office until his term ends. Pawlenty told reporters this week he has not yet been asked for documents by the John McCain’s vice presidential vetting team, though he made a television appearance from the presumptive Republican nominee’s national campaign headquarters earlier this week during a trip to Washington for a policy conference. Aides have yet to confirm whether or not he met personally with the Arizona senator during that visit.
Potential running mates skipping the NGA gathering include Florida’s Charlie Crist and New Mexico’s Bill Richardson. Later Saturday afternoon, another former governor turned national officeholder will address the group: former president Bill Clinton.
(CNN) - CNN journalists who worked - and sometimes clashed - with Tony Snow recalled his warm personality, strength of conviction and intellect Saturday.
The former White House spokesman died Saturday of cancer at age 53.
"You know, you might not agree with his politics, but the one thing that you can't argue with is that Tony Snow was really a tremendously decent human being," CNN "American Morning" host John Roberts said.
Washington (CNN)— Vice President Dick Cheney, who has a history of heart ailments dating back to age 37, finished his annual physical exam Saturday morning with no problems detected.
Spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said the 67-year old’s “cardiac status remains stable.”
Cheney underwent a series of tests that showed no sign of a recurrence of the irregular heart beat detected by physicians in November 2007 - later determined to be atrial fibrillation.
The routine check-up, which occurred at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC, also included a physical exam, an electrocardiogram, and an “imaging of the stents placed in the arteries behind his knees in 2005,” said Mitchell.
Mr. Cheney is said to have returned to the Naval Observatory where he will resume his normal schedule
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former White House press secretary Tony Snow - who once told reporters "I'm a very lucky guy" - died at the age of 53 early Saturday after a second battle with cancer.
Snow, who had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a recurrence of the disease, left his White House job September 14, 2007, and joined CNN in April as a conservative commentator.
President Bush said Saturday that he and first lady Laura Bush were "deeply saddened" by Snow's death.
Barack Obama told a potential donor to his campaign that Hillary Rodham Clinton is on his list of possible vice presidential running mates, but that her husband's status as a former president makes matters "complicated."
Jill Iscol, a faithful Democratic donor who was an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, said Obama reached out to her because he heard she was unhappy about the way the New York senator had been treated by the Democratic Party and the media.