October 23rd, 2007
02:15 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain calls Huckabee the 'real deal'

McCain compliments Huckabee.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Aboard his 'Straight-Talk' express, CNN asked Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, if he would consider former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as his running mate.

McCain didn't comment on a potential vice presidential pick, but praised the former Arkansas governor.

"I think Gov. Huckabee is a fine man," McCain said. "I've had the opportunity to get know Hucakabee during this campaign. We have differences on several issues but I tell you, I think he’s the real deal. I really do," he said.

He then added, "And I think he has performed well in this campaign."

- CNN New Hamsphire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Extra • John McCain • Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Eric, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I'm glad to see McCain bouncing back. He's the only one I want as president, but I'm not sure that I could vote for a ticket including someone in denial of evolution. That would be a shame.

    October 23, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Marcus, Detroit, MI

    Huckabee and McCain in '08? This idea appears interesting considering the senator's past run-ins with the religious right. He talked a bit about reconciliation, though, and patching things up with Rev. Falwell at the GOP debate this past Sunday. Perhaps a ticket with Senator McCain and Rev. Huckabee would be another step in the right direction. After all of the bitter partisanship that we've seen in recent years, reconciliation -both within and between the parties- is definitely something that America needs more of.

    October 23, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  3. Nancy, Sammamish, WA

    I agree with Marcus. Mike Huckabee seems to have the ability to bring people with opposing views together to find solutions.

    Eric, please don't misstate what Mike Huckabee said. I keep reading that he denies evolution. He doesn't. He says that however things came to be – it wasn't an accident. If you want to believe it WAS just an accident, it's ok. But Mike Huckabee and other people of faith believe that God was the instrument that started the whole process. We don't object to your religion – i.e. Darwinism – please don't object to ours. Thanks!

    October 25, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  4. Emma

    LL, I was pcriuting a McCain (who I'm softening on again)/Romney ticket vs. Clinton/Obama. I think that would be a dogfight to the bitter end. I can't see Obama picking Clinton for a VP choice, though. Don't know why, just can't see it.

    February 17, 2012 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  5. Natali

    Ia??m still croiuus about whether or not Huckabee had gastric bypass surgery. I think that question needs to be settled.Is there something about gastric bypass surgery that disqualifies one for the presidency?

    February 19, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |