December 3rd, 2007
05:05 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain has warm words for Huckabee

DURHAM, New Hampshire (CNN) ­ - Following a town hall at a Granite State business, Arizona Sen. John McCain called Mike Huckabee a "very attractive candidate" and a "very smart guy."

McCain's words come one day after a Des Moines Register poll shows the former Arkansas governor leading the Republican presidential pack in Iowa after spending most of the race as a second-tier candidate.

"I like him and I wish him well," said McCain.

The presidential hopeful then added, "I think I am more experienced and have better judgment on national security issues but I certainly congratulate him on the campaign he's run."

The Republican presidential rivals have traded compliments this primary season. Last month, Huckabee told an Iowa audience that when it came to the Arizona senator’s opposition to waterboarding – an unpopular stand with the GOP base - he “would defer to John McCain for this simple reason: John McCain has been tortured and nobody else running for president has."

"I'm not about to stand on any stage in America and act like I know more about torture than John McCain does," said Huckabee.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. ThirstyJon

    Huckabee-McCain 2008?

    You never know!



    December 3, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. mark wilkes barre pa

    Hmmm,,,,, not a word from the haters on this subject. Or is the moniter stumped at how to compile the responses to get the job done. face it ,on this suject huck's right about McCain.

    December 4, 2007 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  3. summus

    Huckabee hikes taxes too much and we don't need another idiot that believes in superstition instead of reason, logic, and science.

    No Votes For Gomer!

    December 4, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |

    I quite agree with you. Those two will make a very good President and Vice.

    Mike Huckabee/John McCain

    December 4, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |