July 12th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

No McCain-Huckabee ticket?

Huckabee dropped out of the White House race in March.
Huckabee dropped out of the White House race in March.

(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.


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  1. frank

    poor huckabee .
    Left out again good for Mccain

    July 12, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. frank

    poor huckabee .
    Left out again good for Mccain
    hes a sore on the back of mccain

    July 12, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Tom in Atlanta

    Many people will trash Huckabee for his Confederate flag comments and list him as insensitive. It was in his best interest as a politician to leave that subject alone. Others criticize him because they instantly tie him to the "Christian Right" and the so-called "Moral-Majority". Sadly, he offered so much more.
    As a moderate-minded independent voter (who tends to lean to the right) I felt Huckabee had a small hint of what Obama offers. He wanted to bring change, clean up the tax system, offer more jobs to Americans, etc. Rightly so, he isn't 'Presidental' material, but I think whether its McCain OR Obama, they should at least consider him for a cabinet position. We need a different kind of politician.

    July 12, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Gary

    Well of course he's not being vetted. We don't need a simple-minded, bigoted baptist bible thumper just a heart beat away from the presidency. Even McCain has sense enough to know that.

    July 12, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. popeye

    I'm devastated................not!

    Funny how all these folks end up on Fox's payroll. Fair and Balanced? We report, you decide? Man, they know how to get a laugh!

    July 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Griff

    He should choose the Lady C. R... What a Ticket!!! All Angle's covered,
    And an Angel too....

    July 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Well, finally Canidate McCain did something right this week.

    Now all he has to do, to turn things around, is to name Joe Lieberman as his running mate.

    July 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Real person for Obama.

    Republican should also blame Obama for that, because they know how to blame him a lot these days.

    I don't know why media have to stick their mouth into searching for v.p spot.

    Candidate knows who will help them in the Office most and i personally think mix of governor or military experience should run together.
    Now they want Obama to choose this and choose that.
    I hate people who want by all means blame this man.
    Pitty !! to be a politician is a problem.

    No one is forcing Mccain to choose Mick or Mitt, but on the other side they do.

    July 12, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. jimmy velman

    IF SENATOR McCAIN HAS ANY CHANCE AT ALL AGAINST OBAMA
    HE WILL HAVE TO HAVE GENERAL COLIN POWELL AS HIS VP. PERIOD

    July 12, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Robert in Seattle

    The Repugnant party is looking for volounteers for a political suicide mission. No one in their "right" mind would even think of taking the job. I think they are going to pick LIEberman. They won't waste the career of anyone who is still useful to them.

    July 12, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. probama in paradise

    Could it be that McSenile forgot he was supposed to be looking for a vice president?

    Not to be whining or anything...

    July 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. jimmy velman

    WE ARE HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTERS TO THE CORE. OUR NUMBERS WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. AMERICA KNOWS HOW MANY WE ARE.

    WE ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT ALL THESE COMMENTS ABOUT
    HILLARY NOT BEING FORMALLY "VETTED" WE ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT OTHER REMARKS THAT BILL CLINTON'S PRESENCE MAKE THIINGS FOR OBAMA "COMPLICATED"

    WE ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN WHETHER OR NOT HILLARY WILL BE THE VP CANDIDATE WITH OBAMA.. THEN WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. GET THE PICTURE?

    July 12, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Brian

    McCain is the pro-Spend candidate.... he wants to spend to continue the Wars and spend money to provide health coverage for illegals!

    July 12, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  14. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    There are plenty of religous nuts McCain can choose from and the nuttiest would likely be Romney. Remember in the primaries this guy stated he believed every word in the bible. He didn't say whose bible just that he believed every word in it.

    That same statement would not come out of the mouths of 99.99% of religous leaders as they wouldn't want to cast themselves as being that gullible. Therefore either Romney is a liar and made the statement to impress his church or he is an idiot and a dangerous one at that.

    July 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. slm, Ity

    Out with old Hillary, Bill and in with the new Obama

    July 13, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
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