(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told supporters Thursday he would not be John McCain’s running mate, and emphasized that he was never vetted by McCain’s presidential campaign.
"I have never been contacted by the McCain campaign at any point about the VP slot," Huckabee wrote in the statement posted on his political action committee’s Web site. "I have never been asked for any information, background, etc., so as I have said repeatedly in interviews, I didn’t consider myself to be under any consideration."
"I think people thought I was being coy and just not talking, but I have built my political life on trying to shoot straight and tell it as it is and as I see it," he added. “I have been honest in telling you that I had no reason to believe I was ever seriously considered or “vetted” for the ticket."
Huckabee, whose surprising win in the Iowa caucuses, helped derail rival Mitt Romney's presidential bid. His position on issues such as same sex marriage and abortion made him a favorite of social conservatives. Huckabee told supporters he, too, “will await news of who Senator McCain selects.”
“I hope it will be a person with a solid record and solid convictions on the foundation issues that bring many of us to the process,” Huckabee wrote. “I’m taking this unusual step to communicate so it will come from me and not from some of the ridiculous things being said on TV and websites tonight.”
McCain is set to appear with his vice presidential pick in Ohio on Friday.
SMART MAN. . .YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE!
Sorry for YOU. But good for Barack YOU were the ONLY candidate that scared ME!! You have a bright political career I must say and I'm a Democrat
the last guy who said that (biden) became the nominee
Does this mean mike is the guy?
Take care now. Hope Fiorina is the VP nomination...McCain would win by a landslide.
Considering that Huckabee's policies where crazier than Ron Paul's, I'm glad that McCain isn't tapping him for the veep spot.
No!!!! No!!! Mr Huck.... But you will be True to your cause... You pas this way but Once.....
Good for you Mike Huckabee – who wants to be tied to a sinking ship.
Huckabee, it is time for you to take over the senate seat from AR. We need smart persons like you to get Republicans into majority in the Senate. We do not need radicals like Barack and Biden.
Huckabee, McCain is too old to see you. It is his lost.
Too bad, because Huckabee was the only Republican candidate that had a sense of decency and who I could trust. Romney makes me want to put my wallet in my front pocket. Pawlenty makes me yawn. As for the former Democrat, weasel.
The "Big Tent" has plenty of holes. Traditional GOP who don't believe in Bush/McCain fiscal policy; GOP who want strength, but with integrity, grit and diplomacy, not on a mistake or go-it-alone; GOP who still believe in high values and cannot abide torture; those who think the economy is sacred; split on abortion, yet want a conservative Supreme Court... it'll be an interesting dog and pony show next week.
Mitt Romney for VP
I guess that's what sucking up to McCain will get you...
Tonight before Obama started his nomination speech. I was very angry because I veiwed a letter from Huckabee stating he was not the VP, I was an avid Huckabee supporter. But now I am Happy McCain did not pick Huckabee. Cause I know now after watching Obama that McCain cannot win. I was a Huckabee supporter and probably will campaign for him in 2012., but this year, I am now an Obama supporter.
LOL...the Repugs are running from McLoser!
NO WAY....NO HOW....NO MCCAIN!!!!!
Great job McCain!!! That puts the Deep South states in play for Obama!
doesn't matter, mccain can't win.
it's now time for mccain to retire... is kind are over...
Mike is the only straight-shooter in politics. it is a sad day.
That's a relief.
Did anyone really care?!
Ya don't say! DUH!!
Huckabee tried to tell America about John McCain and you voted for him anyway. Now you all see what you got. OOPS
Huckabee will be one of the reasons McCain ends up choosing Pawlenty over Romney. Huckabee's comments in recent weeks can be perceived as a threat to disparage Romeny amongst evangelicals, Huckabee's core base. McCain could not afford to disenfranchise this group. By posing this threat, Huckabee may have had an influence on this election but at the same time, has destroyed his future in the GOP.
He will be the janitor at the White House.. He's trash like McCain, Catchers Mitt Romney, All the Repulsicans..
GOP said Obama's speech was misleading??? McCain is lock step with Bush on the misleading front. Bush misled us into an Illegal war.. McCain is a liar, a junkie and a womanizer and a racist.
A vote for McCain is a vote for World War 3.. Mark my words!!
Huckabee is a joke. He is a has been and should go back to the bible and lie some more!!