August 14th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Huckabee slams idea of Romney as veep

Huckabee's win in Iowa derailed Romney's presidential hopes.
Huckabee's win in Iowa derailed Romney's presidential hopes.

(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be high up on John McCain's shortlist for VP, but Mike Huckabee suggested Thursday the Arizona senator would be wise to pick another candidate.

Huckabee, whose victory in the Iowa caucuses derailed Romney's campaign last January, suggested the former Massachusetts governor is distrusted among many social conservatives.

"I think the issue is that, you know, in many ways, Mitt Romney has had very definite swings of position, not just on one or two things, but on many of the issues," Huckabee said Thursday on Fox News.

Romney ran as a social conservative, though he acknowledged he was effectively pro-choice until 2004 - a fact that spurred charges last year of political posturing from many. Despite outspending Huckabee overwhelmingly in Iowa, social conservatives there resoundingly picked the ordained minister and former Arkansas governor.

Huckabee likely isn't making friends with the McCain campaign of late. In addition to criticizing Romney - now one of its top surrogates - the Arkansas Republican will reportedly attend a rally on the National Mall Saturday to push McCain and Obama to delve further into issues facing evangelical voters.

But Huckabee said he will support the Republican ticket, no matter who the vice presidential candidate is.

"I'm going to support our nominee," he said. "And I'm more interested in who the president is than who the vice president is, anyway."

As for his own chances of being named McCain's running mate, Huckabee said he isn't counting on it.

"I've said, for many, many months, now that I have no expectation that I'm going to get that phone call," he said. "I even have my cell phone turned off, as we speak."


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Mark

    GOP = Nazis

    August 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Max

    It's curious why Huck stir Romney's VP chance even he has no chance to be selected. Will GOP's loss be benefical for him to run in 2012?

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Peter of Oregon

    My friends, Huckabee and many of the ultra-conservative, and extremist Christian sects are only supporting McCain because they are against Obama who they often claim is not a "real" American, maybe because he doesn't look like them, and doesn't have a typical neo-conservative name.

    Let me give you some straight talk.... many of them are racists. You won't see them parading around in their white capes and pointed hats, but you'll see them on TV talking about Obama giving a terrorist fist jab to his wife, and questioning why he doesn't wear a flag plan.

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Mike

    Either or if he picks Huck or Rom the ticket is a looser. I hope Ron Paul goes to their convention and starts a riot like he has indicated he will.

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. bob in L.A.

    And if you don't believe in the death penalty, the miracluous creation of man, the right to carry deadly weapons for no real reason, that women have no rights to what happens to their body, the rights of two poeple to make a loving commitment to one another and then can't back all this up in the name of God, you could not possibly be a good Vice President of this country.
    Maybe I'm wrong- maybe that's Iran I'm thinking of.

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Mark

    when they railroaded Ron Paul, America threw away her last chance at sanity

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Ken

    No, JM, its already been "worse". And YOU voted for it twice. You neo-ignoramuses wouldn't see the way forward, out of your self-created mess, if it hit you on the nose, which I hope it will come this Nov.

    You ALREADY had a choice between McCain with his so-called experience and someone else who had even less experience (and certainly less ability to articulate his vision) than Obama, back in the 2000 [R] primary. And YOU and your ilk chose to nominate, then elect the moron-in-charge, TWICE! How dare you think that anybody should now listen to your analysis and insights. YOU [R]s are a proven failures at selecting leaders.

    Its as simple as this: look at the 1990s and compare with the 2000s. Only a FOOL, and there are plenty of you out there, would say we've been better off in the 2000's. We were much better off in the 1990s because we were being led largely by [D] policies, which embody a balance between progressive and truely conservative approaches. That is what Obama will bring to the presidency, and that is exactly what McCain has flip-flopped away from as he actively campaigns against America's best interests.

    You would have to be downright unpatriotic to choose McCain to continue the obvious and abysmal [R] failure of the last 7 years. Are you so partisan that you would purposefully harm this country? I don't think there is a better definition of 'unpatriotic'.

    August 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Cyrus - NY

    Romney? Really? At least, Huck-a-bee can talk and engage his audience? Have you heard Romney speak?!#@$ The smile on Romney's face makes you feel violated!

    Who cares anyway....I am voting democrat this time.

    August 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. S.M

    As far as I'm concerned a minister who is called by God to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ; doesn't have any business running for public office. Either your a minister or you're not. Which is it?

    August 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Rachelle Hills

    This is just more of Huckabee's anti-Mormon attacks. The man is a typical Mormon-basher and has missed the point that bigotry of any type (even religion) has no place in American political life. "Gomer Pyle" needs to go back to Arkansas and let those with open minds run the world.

    August 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Mike

    United States Presidents are just puppets and spokesmen. Think about it, who do you think is actually running the show? Whoever our president turns out to be, it's his advisers, generals, etc that will be telling him what to do. Anyone can be the president...look at BUSHY.

    August 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Diane

    I hope all of you that are mesmerized by the "rockstar", BHO, come out of your trance soon.........wake up!!!!!

    McCain/Romney 08

    August 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. clinton 08

    Hussien Obama and Kwane Kilpatrick 08

    August 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. California Gold

    I liked the contrast Huckabee added to the primary. He came across as more real and believable then McCain and his Barbie doll, Romney and his Ken doll looks, and Rudy "911" Guliani who couldn't remember how many times he had been married.

    August 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Conservatives For Huckabee

    It is with out question the only answer this year is to right in Huckabee.

    If we value our moral obligations, I strongly encourage all Social Conservatives to write in Mike Huckabee.

    McCain is a risk we can not take a gamble on. The lives of our children, born and unborn are at stake here. Elect Huckabee.

    August 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Fred

    Huckabee is right. Romney is no more a conseravtive than McCain and perhaps less of one. I mean, this is the man that socialized medicine in his home state how can we believe he is a conservative?
    Pick someone else Mr. McCain, many of us are already going to vote for you as a vote against Obama not as a vote for you. Don't make it harder than it will already be.

    August 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. bridgette

    I think that there is something so evil about Romney. It is in his eyes. And even the Republican voters saw it too that is why he couldn't win. Something's not right there.

    August 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. From Arkansas

    Huck was bad for Arkansas when he was the governor! He is the biggest loser....who claims to have loss weight naturally, but actually went through a weight loss pfrogam at a local hospital. He is a back stabber and use his religion to let convicted rapist and murders out of prison who then moves to another state and comit the same crimes!

    BTW, he should have use the buddy system and had his wife go through the same program.

    August 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Andrew

    I agree with the Huckster. We need a true conservative in office, not a flip flopper like Mitt.

    August 14, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Ned

    I'm not a Republican and I don't have a dog in this race, but what does Huckabee have to do with John's selection? So now he's going to bulldoze his way in?

    Whatever.

    Obama 08

    August 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. MB

    I wish that Mike Huckabee was our nominee. He speaks with conviction and he is a man on honor. I agree with him that Romney would be a terrible selection as VP.

    While I am not a huge McCain supporter I believe that he should be our next president because we must stop the Socialist movement of the Obama campaign!

    August 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Obama/Hillary 08

    God Jesus christ my Lord will come back to take us christian in heaven with him and in that day your social status will not be able to take you to heaven. You need to accept jesus Christ as your personal savior and water baptize to be eligible for heaven. George Bush, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton to name a few wil not go to heaven unless they have Jesus in their lives.

    August 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. David B

    I will not vote for anyone who cowtows to "evangelical voters." Ever.

    August 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. bozo

    why dont you stupid jesus freaks just go away. this is a prime example of some deluded jesus butt head , tending sour grapes. your beliefs are nothing more than cult offerings to something that does not exist

    August 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. DavidE73

    CNN used to be known as the Clinton News Network. CNN knows that by flashing a headline that makes Mike Huckabee look disloyal to the Republican party, they increase public support for Romney, and decrease public support for Huckabee. The purpose of this tactic is to make sure that Huckabee is not the VP choice, because they fear that John McCain could win in November if Huckabee is on the ticket, and they know he will lose if Romney is the pick.

    The real villain is the commercial media, who pretend to bring us the news, but engage in every trick they can think of to manipulate public opinion in the direction they want. Freedom of the press carries with it an obligation of objective reporting. All of the major commercial TV networks are guilty, and their power should be removed from them.

    August 14, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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