Huckabee for vice president?
June 2nd, 2011
07:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Huckabee for vice president?

(CNN) - He decided against another run for president, but former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he might be open to the number two spot on GOP presidential ticket in 2012.

“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors,” Huckabee said Wednesday according to a video posted by the Arkansas Times. “I’m not going to make some definitive categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to explain.”

But the former 2008 Republican presidential contender said he is “not looking for anything, I’m content with what I’m doing.”

And don’t expect a Huckabee endorsement anytime soon, something that could be helpful to a potential candidate given his base of supporters and high approval among social conservatives.

“It could be well after the nomination,” Huckabee said.

“I don’t feel any pressure or hurry to do it,” he added following a speech at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. “Part of my issue is that a lot of those guys are good friends of mine.”

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. bb

    Too many racial slurs on video coming from the man of the cloth himself, Huckabee. He's tainted nationally by his own doing. Amazes me how many people believe this guy could ever be a man of faith with as much hatred spewing from his mouth.

    June 2, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  2. diridi

    No way, Religion and Politics will never blend in together...o.k, more so, he talks all nonsense...o.k, Too conservative, not fit for job...

    June 2, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Not if Sister Sarah doesn't beat you do it.

    June 2, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  4. Tony in Maine

    That way, he'd have is Faux Gnus gig to build an offshore nest egg at least until the Republican convention.

    June 2, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  5. JD in Moraga, CA

    “I’m not going to make some definitive categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to explain.”

    ...because that would mean that he stood for something.

    June 2, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Smart move on his part. By not running for President, he gets to keep his only paying job and keep collecting paychecks from the Australian Rupert Murdoch to decry how bad things are in America. Then when Sarah (The Former Governor Of Alaska Who Quit Before Her Term Ended) Palin wins the Republican Presidential Nomination (choke), then the Presidential Election (double-choke) and quits when she realizes the job is too difficult (yeah, right) then Huckleberry becomes President by default (dat's default of de bimbo who quit her job – again)!

    June 2, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. s kel

    hucabuck is a lying history rewriting coward. Hes worse than that soul selling flip flopper romney.

    June 2, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The founding fathers believed in separating the church and the state for good reason. When decision making becomes one totally of faith, that leaves no room for reason. Going against your beliefs becomes a sin, which leaves no room for compromise. I could go on and on. This nation is not a "christian right" country as some are trying to convince you to believe.

    Putting Huckabee ( or those like him who claim to guided by christian values ) is very dangerous for the democracy that was created for us and the freedoms that we wish to continue to enjoy. I have no desire to live under the rule of someone's Inquisistion using faith to determine what is legal and what is not. Legislating morality can be quite dangerous.

    June 2, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Watch out for the wolf in sheeps clothing.
    They are claiming to want to "take back" our democracy. (when did we lose it and to who).
    They are claiming to want to (restore our american) values. (they want a theocracy, not a democracy)

    June 2, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Seattle Sue

    This lying Baptist Minister is lying again, he will not give up his high paying job at Fox News to be the vice president unless he sees some way to become wealthy in that position.

    June 2, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. FairTaxNow

    Liberal comments are quite amusing and reveal such an openness to differing views with civil conversation as a priority :P

    June 2, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. The Elephant In the Room

    It`s 1AM on June 2, 2013.

    There`s been a natural disaster in Australia. The phone in the Whitehouse rings. President Pailin awakes, answers the phone, and immediately says, "Drill baby, drill"and hangs up.

    At 2 AM, the phone rings again. Palin rises, paces back and forth before answering on the 8th ring. She snaps off, "Don`t Retreat, Reload!" and hangs up. NASA staffers are puzzled and don`t know what to do with this guidance.

    It`s 3AM. Somewhere in the world there is a crisis. The `Hotline" rings in the Oval Office. President Palin has the call transferred to the Vice President, goes upstairs, wakes Todd, grabs Trig [from the 1st Nanny] and Tweets to her Tea Party base, "I`m OUTTA HERE".

    The next morning, we swear in President Huckabee.

    June 2, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |