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. Puma-SF

    It doesn't matter who his VP is they will get my vote if the Democratic nominee is Obama. Obama does not deserve to be president and I trust McCain more.

    Puma Power to take back the Democratic Party

    July 12, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. yay of PA

    Poor Mike. He's said and stood for some pretty stupid things in the past, and I'd never trust him to run the country – good man he is otherwise. But his mind must be conflicted right now, accepting McCain as being his party's premier nominee. Better to head for cover (ie. Fox) I guess.

    At least the two men are convivial, unlike, perhaps, the relationship between the libertarians/independents and the social conservatives.

    July 12, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. James

    who cares........

    July 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Ben

    No Huck, no luck.

    July 12, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    Thank you, on behalf of myself and most folks I know, for derailing Mitt Romney. He's not good for this country.

    Wish you had finished first instead of the warmonger that was selected to represent the republicans.

    Thanks

    July 12, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Hmmm . . .

    I hope McCain picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin. She's bright, beautiful, and experienced!

    July 12, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. Chanda-Cincinnati

    Ahh...why not? We need the other cheek to complete the entire butt!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. CLINTON 08 VP

    "JOHN MCCAIN'S PRESIDENTIAL TICKET" SOUNDS A LOT LIKE "GEORGE BUSH'S PUPPET SHOW FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY", I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE THIS?!

    UNITED WE'RE STRONGER

    OBAMA (P) & CLINTON (VP) 2008-2014

    NO TO "BUSH II" (MCCAIN), NO TO MR. WAR, MR. DEATH, MR. OOPS I BUMP MY HEAD, YOU'RE TOO OLD AND YOU ARE "WAR-SICK" SINCE YOU WERE PRISONER IN VIETNAM, YOU WON'T BE PRESIDENT!

    July 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    I like Huckabee, he has a lot of wit and common sense. I still won't vote for McCain unless he has Hillary on the ticket, then maybe. Hey why not, Obama is cozy with Hagel...

    July 12, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. McBush = Nearing the end of an erosion cycle

    Hearing you are at Fox now "you must be wiith Rove ' I had thought you above that place OMG / after hearing this its under the de bus for you Mc Huckabee .

    July 12, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Tejano

    Best news I have heard today. Now if only BHO would come out and say No Hillary on his ticket, that would make my day perfect.

    July 12, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. BETTER OFF

    Mr Huckabee you are to good to team up with that Snake!!!!!

    July 12, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Why not?

    McCain's shooting himself in the foot.

    Vote Bob Barr!

    July 12, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. RCD WA

    This is good news for the country. According to a psychiatrist who met my parents, a McCain-Huckabee ticket would be a psych ward. It would be the candidacy of crazy and crazier. One is an angry, senile old man who is obviously suffering from post-traumatic stress and the other is a religious nutcase.

    July 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. M.S. Indiana

    We love you Mike, run in 2012 !!!

    July 12, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Diego

    HUCKABEE is more of a president than McCain. Again the media selected McCain. Huckabee will be a great addition to McCain.

    McCain/Huckabee 2008!!!

    July 12, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Glad to be an Independent

    McCain had better consider Huckabee. He will need conservatives. Romney is a real joke. Romney is trying out for VP by attacking Obama. He just does not inspire any enthusiasm. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is an interesting VP candidate. .

    July 12, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. Darnell- Syracuse, NY

    Mike Huckabee should be the president, not anyone's VP. Huckabee is a guy who galvanized the Republican base and whose genuine love of America and for all Americans made many of us proud to be Republicans again.

    McCain will almost certainly lose the election without Huckabee, but Huckabee would be wise to sit this one out. Wait till America gets Obama out of its system 4 years from now and realizes what a mistake it has made.

    July 12, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. The Other Campaign Strategist at 115th St & Amsterdam Avenue

    You won't hear anything about McCain's VP untill Obama names his.

    McCain isn't selecting based on the qualificantions a& characteristics of his VEEP as it pertains to executing the job properly.

    McCain is more worried about the superficial countering of Obama's selection.

    July 12, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Gobama

    Oh?
    You poor baby, Huck. lol

    July 12, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Rob indetroit

    Yeah!!right Mccain will call Huckabee.

    July 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. john

    question is can John McCain even remember who is and is not on his VP list if it was drawn up more than two days ago very doubltful

    Remember also, McCain believes there is no resession its all in your minds you bunch of whiners. your all mental regression and this comming from a senile old fart.

    July 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. Montana is Obama Country

    Hey Mike,,, maybe he forgot..!

    July 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Rob in Sacramento

    this ticket would be like 4 years of dumb & dumber go to washington, only the cost of admission would be the lives of our military & changing the constitution to meet a perverse version of 'gods law'. hell hath no fury like a republican presidency......

    July 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    To see McCain's economic vision through, a strong economic background should be the choice. I believe McCain has what it takes to take care of the social issues across the board but need someone to balance his vision from a business perspective with proven record. There should be some balance in the ticket.

    July 12, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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