May 18th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee says he'd like to be McCain's running mate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mike Huckabee says even when he was John McCain's rival, he was always complimentary of him. "]
(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Sunday he’s interested in John McCain’s No. 2 spot.

“There's no one I would rather be on a ticket with than John McCain,” the former Arkansas governor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“Let me point out that all during the campaign, when I was his rival, not a running mate, there was no one who was more complimentary of him publicly and privately,” he said.

Huckabee abandoned his presidential bid after McCain clinched the Republican nomination in early March.

When Huckabee announced his candidacy in January 2007, the former Baptist pastor was best known for his dramatic weight loss. The 52-year-old governor dropped more than 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2003.

Huckabee went on to finish first in the Iowa caucuses January 3, placing him among the top tier of Republican hopefuls.

He lagged behind Mitt Romney and McCain in the next round of contests, in New Hampshire and Michigan, and trailed McCain in South Carolina. However, his victories in the Deep South states of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and his native Arkansas in the February 5 Super Tuesday contests helped force Romney out of the race.

“I want to make sure you know [McCain] was my number two choice. I still wanted to win, but if I couldn't, John McCain, from always, was the guy I would've supported and have now supported,” Huckabee said.

Asked if it would help McCain if he were to be the vice president, Huckabee said that’s something only McCain can decide.

“I'm going to support him because I think he's the right person for America. I think he has the kind of seasoning and maturity that this country needs.”

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soundoff (472 Responses)
  1. Tom in CA

    OH HUCK!

    You'd blow smoke up anyone's b..t!

    You go GIRL!!!

    May 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. tensia

    Listen and listen; HILLARY R. CLINTO is the best candidate for PRESIDENT for all AMERICANS.

    May 18, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  3. Tired of politics and religious mixing

    When I sit here and read comments like the ones Huckabee made as a "joke", I have to wonder what is so great about belonging to a religion. I've never listened to a more judgemental group of people. It confirms my decision to stay home and not belong to a church.
    This is the reason for the need for separation of church and politics. Obviously this man doesn't practice what he preached and he seriously needs to sit down and read the bible so that he truly understands what it's about.
    Oh well, you've confirmed my reasons for never voting Repubican – ever. Go ahead McCain, make him VP, he can't do anymore harm to the Replican party than has already been done by Bush and Co.
    Go Obama!

    May 18, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Pearls before Swine

    99.9% of what I have read in this blog is simply the "Blind leading the blind." You are all headed towards a Pit - and you cannot even see it. Tragic...

    May 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. Dana in Maryland

    Judging from Huckabee's NRA comments, having him on the ticket would be like having another Dan Quail. The guy may be intelligent, but I hat to imagine what remarks like that would play like if he were President. an uglier gaff I haven't heard. John McCain may be losing it ( judging by his Iran comments) but at least he isn't that mean spirited.

    May 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. William Milelr

    As a recent sort of "joke", Mike Huckabee delivered a veiled death threat to Barack Obama. Now he wants to run for VP for the GOP. By all means, go Mike. His sense of humor reveals what type of person he really is – the minister stuff is just a mask to fool the public. He represents the mean, the hateful, and the ugy of America. And since the GOP represents the mean, the greedy, the bigoted, the hateful, and the spiteful – not to mention religious hypocrisy. Mike is the man for the job. He's also the very reason we need to a clean sweep in November. We need to send the GOP a resounding message that the flag-waving, Bible-thumping hypocrisy and hate Huckabee represents have no place in America

    May 18, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. Tyrone

    I can't stand McCane or Huck. More of same. I be so happy when Obama win race. He give us free medicine and govurment doctors.We don't be studying war no more. No army, navy, airforce,only coast guard and militia for home defense. No bombs to hurt people.Free collige education for everyone.Everyone have free computer at home.
    McCane military man, only fight fight fight.Same as hillary. she start war just to get attention away fromm husband bill.Go Micheelle, I not proud either.
    Chi town

    May 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. Kathy, Andover

    Now, this would definitely be a way to unite the Democratic party! I cannot imagine a Hillary or Barack supporter voting for McCain, just because their candidate didn't win the Democratice nomination. There is NO WAY I would vote for a ticket with Huckabee on it.

    May 18, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Jake

    If Huckabee is McCains VP at least he will be the only one right wing unlike McCain who is so left i don't know why he is even in the republican party

    May 18, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  10. God Bless America

    Huckabee you better worry about fasting and repenting to Jesus for your racist remark. I wouldn't be surprised if you had a picture of a noose in your wallet!!!!!!

    You told South Carolina you supported the state not changing the flag.

    You are wrong for America!!!!!!

    You don't deserve the position!!!!!!!! You are not for ALL of America!!


    May 18, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. Jesse


    Question aren't both of these guys collecting pensions?

    Doesn't the government have a policy of mandatory retirement at age 65?

    May 18, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. Lazarus

    Mr Huckabee, a word of wisdom, "What profits a man if he can gain the whole world, yet loose his soul", you cant be serving two masters, you are iether a preacher or a politician. Unfortunately you have sold your soul by your demeaning and desplicable remarks aganist a noble and decent person in Barak Obama.

    May 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. wane

    Not in this life time, Mccrazy, didn't vote for MLK day, And what the Huck, want to shoot up Obama. Yeah this is all we need, and to top it off you got Hannity, And crazy Limbauch, as cabinet members Yehaaaaaa-racist America!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. IowaforHuckabee

    McCain/Huckabee would be an awesome ticket! I hope McCain picks him. No one else would be better.

    May 18, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Southerner

    Huckabee is the wrong veep for McCain. He needs to stick with the "not a GW Bush Republican" position to win. Personally, I think Zell Miller would be an interesting choice for Veep. If not, McCain needs to pick someone who cements his position as the President for everyone, not just one party. That is what has brought him this far.

    McCain is an honorable man, and will stand up proudly for America. While Huckabee seems to be an ok guy, he is too extreme for most people I know, and would take away more than he would add.

    May 18, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  16. Dean

    I can see the 527 ad now-

    Cut to Huckabee in South Carolina telling people in regards to the Confederate Flag:

    "You don't want people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag," Huckabee said in Myrtle Beach. "If somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we'd tell 'em what to do with the pole."

    Then cut to Huckabee at the NRA saying:

    “That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak,” said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

    Considering what happened to Geraldine Ferraro after her comments (and she's a Democrat with a great record in helping minorities), I can only imagine what Obama's people would do with this one.

    May 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |

    LOVE YOU BARACK OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Gilbert from Los Angeles

    McCain / Huckabee '08
    I would love to see this.
    GOD BLESS America.....Yea we need a Conservative America.
    I totally believe in "Moral-Values", without them this world is
    out of control. In GOD WE TRUST.
    I believe all the answers are in, "The Word of God" (The Bible).
    Yea, I a Conservative Christian / Republican Man.
    God Bless U, ALL.

    May 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Wen

    Huckabee thinks he is wise. He knows McCain is very old. For a man who couldn't get much vote in the primaries, being a vepee to McCain is a cheap and short-cut to becoming president. Attacking Barack Obama in a way that is lacking in good judgment and consideration for the history of this nation is his own way of making McCain happy with him. What a shame to see very stupid grown-ups aspiring to be our president and ready to do anything to be one.

    Talking about his recent joke, he may have done it thinking it is at the expense of Obama. He is wrong! Good enough he claims to be a christian. Good enough the whole world have heard his joke. He unwittingly has placed himself in a position to pray for the safety of Barack Obama. I advise him to do that job well. He must be praying very very well that nothing happens to Barack Obama. Now he doesn't need to be the one to pull the trigger for the whole world to hold him responsible. It is written... This like many other things they plotted against Obama has and will turn against them.

    What a fool Huckabee has proven himself to be... What a shame...

    Go Obama 2008!!!

    May 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  20. Nia

    I'll put five on it that McCain choses Bush as his VP....kidding. McCain wouldn't chose Huck' because he doesn't add balance. McCain himself isn't a GOP Fav neither is Huck' being that they both aren;t the traditianal Republican. MCain is going to have chosen for him someone who is a true conservative. Talk bout empty suits. I don't get the feeling McCain is running his won campaign. So how is it he is going to run this country.

    May 18, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Kay from cali

    lolol...Obama will cream that team!!!!! Bring it onnnnnnn!!!!

    May 18, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  22. hottie

    I don't understand, if the remark that was made by the Obama camp on Mccain ducking a gun, Obama would be toast by now. Howerver The Huckster is going on MSMBC shooting for the VP spot, no pun intended. This guy is a joke, and yes fox would be running this over, and over and over again, but that just goes to show you how mess up this world is. You got a preacher making a joke about shooting Obama and today no one is talking about it now. Please give me a break, and now a quote from Mr. Clinton, this is fairy tale !!!!

    May 18, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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