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. Ex-Republican for Obama

    @Chut Pata:

    Touche, good answer. It was a joke though. FYI, I too voted Ross, for other reasons but found it ironic.

    I don't think the Republicans are as united as they seem. There isn't a landslide conversion going on, but it's pretty significant to note how many republicans are converting.

    August 14, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Mary

    I think Republicans are having "buyers remorse" with John McCain. This man isn't smart enough to recognize a winner when he sees one – Mike Huckabee is the only VP that can give him victory. Mike Huckabee was a great Govenor and would be a great VP for McCain. If McCain selects a pro choice VP he won't get my vote because he will be destroying the foundation of the Republican party and that is pro life.

    August 14, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Former Clinton sUpporter turned DieHard Obama fan

    poor old grandpa McSame such a shame he is gonna lose no matter who he chooses, hopefully he will choose condy rice to help us win even bigger

    August 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Al in Dallas

    I don't think that McCain has any good options. The ultra-conservative wing of the republican party will insist on a strong social conservative. Anyone to the right of Atilla the Hun will damage his chances in November. Talk about a rock and a hard place!

    August 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Murphy

    Is Huckabee speaking as a former politician or former minister? Sounds to me like he's letting his anti-mormon sentiment dominate his politics. Everyone who has been in this race flip-flops so this attack must be rooted in some other prejudice. Romney is a Mormon, get over it.

    August 14, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. LD in CALI

    Mike Huckawho???
    Who are you again?

    Boy, go sit down somewhere. LOL

    August 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. unity

    Republicans are struggling to find ANY vp candidate that is in a good position to help McCain in the race with Obama.

    Maybe if McCain didn't run such a disgustingly dirty campaign with no substance, people might have listened to him.

    August 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. JOE .B SALTER

    I need to correce my prevouus disertation. "I have Never known a preacher that knew how to make money honestly. McCain and the voters of America need more honest economists to attempt a return to our once functional democracy

    August 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Abul

    "" 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.""

    I think Mitt will be perfect. McCain & Mitt match made in haven.
    Flippy Flloppy

    August 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. ..OUTRAGEOUS Liberal...

    Mike Huckabee turn your cell phone on. I want to call you and tell you to keep ripping the Republican party apart. We need 4 or 5 parties in this country, it's time to update the constitution. Let's start w/the Electoral College, YES WE CAN.

    August 14, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. farid shakur

    Neither of these two matter because McCain won't win anyway. The Republicans are made up of a bunch of misleading, flawed policy makers in the history of this foresaken country and enough of the people in this country are fed up with these no good !!!!!!! The Republican party should be dissolved as past parties have been.

    August 14, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. mike

    this is what has destroyed america. the taliban-like evangelicals. we have invaded a country killed half a million iraqi's, our standing in the world is trash and our economy is in shambles, but forget all that we should just make sure these radicals are satisfied! (makes me sick)

    August 14, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Mike from L.A.

    Right on Huck!

    August 14, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. NMB

    To all those who keep saying they will right in someone's name on their ballot....you may want to make sure your county or state allows write ins before you do it...otherwise, the ballot may be not conform and not count

    August 14, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Paulies

    McCain is too old, what a shame, this is what America is gone to? This old man should go to his bed, or go rock in his rocking chair for crying out. Tell me, does McCain really have foreign affairs experience? Where did he get that from? He can't even remember anyones name much more to be president. He was so jealous that Obama when abroad and look presidential and was treated like a president. He tried to bash him on it and tried his utmost best to down play it, even created the add with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, because he is so jealous. He could never draw that amount of people. MaCain is an old shrivel up gray hair man who needs his milk to go to bed, not thinking of running a country. Go to sleep old may. Obama 08!!!

    August 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Reality

    Huckabee is a loser !!! LOSER LOSER !!! He thinks he's funny and knows everything. GO PREACH on a ROCK !!!

    August 14, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. nancy

    Romney cares about America , Huckabee cares about himself. We need someone who will help get our nation back on track economically, Mitt will do that..
    McCain/Romney 08

    August 14, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. SJM

    Romney is the only choice for McCain. McCain lacks knowledge of the economy and finance. What better person to have on your ticket than the man who founded and ran one of the best investment companies out there, and also turned the Olympics around. The Olympics was a debacle before Romney was involved. He turned it around very fast in a short time period. With the economy #1 on peoples minds, I think it would be an excellent team w/ McCain's foreign policy experience. The only caveat is Romney's religion. I don't think he is too popular among southern baptists.

    McCain/Romney '08

    August 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. charles

    Is it just me but it seems granpa is on holiday too. nothing much is going on on the news for granpa to talk about.oh l forgot he is waiting for Obama to come back so he can have something to talk about. since he only talks about Obama. he is left with nothing to talk about.

    August 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. Paulies

    McCain is too old, what a shame, this is what America is gone to? This old man should go to his bed, or go rock in his rocking chair for crying out. Tell me, does McCain really have foreign affairs experience? Where did he get that from? He can't even remember anyones name much more to be president. He was so jealous that Obama when abroad and look presidential and was treated like a president. He tried to bash him on it and tried his utmost best to down play it, even created the add with Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, because he is so jealous. He could never draw that amount of people. MaCain is an old shrivel up gray hair man who needs his milk to go to bed, not thinking of running a country. Go to sleep old man. Obama 08!!!

    August 14, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. CaliforniaKid

    The democrats need to send a lot of gift baskets to Huckabee. The only way Barack Obama could win the way he will in November is if the Republicans fielded someone less inspiring than Bob Dole, which the Republicans only did because of the bigotry and ignorance of people like Mike Huckabee. The Republicans had the most qualified candidate in a hundred years in Mitt Romney, who had been a true leader in public (governor), private (making billions in business), and non-profit (leading the Olympics in the midst of scandal and security concerns of Sept. 11). He always turned mismanagement into unbridled success, and was America and the world's best, true hope.

    Thanks to Huckabee and other bigots, we have two terrible choices when we had one flawless, selfless leader in the early race.

    August 14, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. viki, NJ

    McCain does not have the social conservative base(evangelicals) and puting Romney on the ticket will push these conservatives (evangelicals) further away.

    Romney's a mormon! They don't like him.

    Huckabee knows this!

    August 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Mike - Texas

    I was kind of hoping that this guy had already faded away into obscurity.

    August 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. McCain Will Never Be Ready

    Doesn't matter who McCain picks for his vp, the problem is that McCain is still on the ticket. He IS a sub-standard candidate.

    August 14, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. Gadissa

    Please!

    August 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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