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. OBAMA FORGOT THE FIRST AMENDMENT

    OBAMA FORGOT THAT IT IS AN IMPEACHABLE CRIME TO JOIN CHURCH AND STATE MABY HUCKABEE COULD BE HIS MAIN SQEEZE!

    July 12, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. John G

    Personally I think McCain will shock the world by not picking an old white guy as his running mate.

    Good choices would be:

    Colin Powell
    Bobby Jindal
    Condi Rice

    Of course I also think the candidate who gets the second highest number of votes should be VP so I think Obama should be McCain's VP.

    July 12, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Shame ON YOU!!!!!

    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.......You BETTER OFF!!!

    Your comment is awaiting moderation

    July 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. TheTruthHurts

    What is with this "formal" vetting crap? They'll choose when they choose. Could we talk about healthcare, tax code, poverty, education, economic competitiveness, military readiness?

    July 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Ed

    Correct. The best person for VP would be Carlie Fiorina. Go Girl!!!

    July 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Rich

    Count yourself lucky. It is so obvious McCain is going to lose, why you would want to be part of a losing team. Plus with how McCain has been acting, he'll just make an fool out of anyone who runs wth him.

    July 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Desiree

    I think Huckabee could help McCain in the south and rural areas.

    July 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. White-Marsh

    Shed no tears Huck. You are too far a better man to hitch your brand to McCain’s loose cannons.

    July 12, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Huckabee is too strong for mccain. I don't think he would fit into the scheme of the others. His religious teachings, preachings and background would make him a no go. And working for FOX news would really make him a no go.

    July 12, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Jan From Boca Raton, Fl

    McCain Romney 08

    July 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. Zac, Atlanta

    aww, i love stock photos. look at that frown, he's so sad!

    July 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. NotFallingInLine.org

    That's fine. McCain needs to choose someone more in the center if he's going to win over many of the independents and moderate Clinton supporters who never had any use for Obama.

    Besides someone more in the center would be closer to his own comfort-level.

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 12, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Paul Thompson

    Huckabee has alot to offer this country.

    He's got new ideas...like building roads instead of handing out
    incentive checks...this would help us to save gas and traffic snarls.

    He is a proven leader. Arkansas is the proof.

    McCain....put Huck on the ticket!

    July 12, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Jason

    Thank goodness!

    July 12, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. No name, no city

    Thank God. Now, if he would "shoo" Billary away, the world would instantly be a better place.

    July 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. William Whitelaw

    yo huckabee and mccain better get together or there will be a ton of conservatives votin for barr so thats the only way he's going to get this election

    July 12, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. William Whitelaw

    by pickin huckabee, one he is a great man and believes everthing conservatives want to hear. Mccain dont be stupid and pick romney" you dont even get along with the guy

    July 12, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Proud American

    Who cares McCain does not stand a snowball chance in hell to even come close. McCain=Bush!!!!

    July 12, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain OH

    Mc Cain needs Sarah Palin !!!!
    Particuliarly when obama disrespects Hillary by not offering her the vp spot-which will happen !

    Go puma.

    Sarah Palin with her record of fighting corruption and bipartisan support is just what Mc Cain needs.

    July 12, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Peter in Alabama

    What a shame....the best man does not always win.

    July 12, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. GOP Supporter

    McCain will pick the right VP when the time is right. He's waiting to see where the media takes this. He's got plenty of smart and EXPERIENCED

    July 12, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. GOP Supporter

    McCain will pick the right VP when the time is right. He's waiting to see wher the media takes this. He's got plenty of smart and EXPERIENCED potentials to pick from. A lot more choices than Obama!! There is no EXPERIENCE on the Dem side except Biden

    July 12, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Hmmm . . .

    How about Obama/Hagel or McCain/Clinton? Then we could ALL stay home in November.

    July 12, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Ex Republican

    NO Mike Huckabee as VP = No vote for McCain

    July 12, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Jim Hall

    All we need is a religious fanatic in the white house jim

    July 12, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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