August 14th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Huckabee slams idea of Romney as veep

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Huckabee's win in Iowa derailed Romney's presidential hopes."]

(CNN) - Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be high up on John McCain's shortlist for VP, but Mike Huckabee suggested Thursday the Arizona senator would be wise to pick another candidate.

Huckabee, whose victory in the Iowa caucuses derailed Romney's campaign last January, suggested the former Massachusetts governor is distrusted among many social conservatives.

"I think the issue is that, you know, in many ways, Mitt Romney has had very definite swings of position, not just on one or two things, but on many of the issues," Huckabee said Thursday on Fox News.

Romney ran as a social conservative, though he acknowledged he was effectively pro-choice until 2004 - a fact that spurred charges last year of political posturing from many. Despite outspending Huckabee overwhelmingly in Iowa, social conservatives there resoundingly picked the ordained minister and former Arkansas governor.

Huckabee likely isn't making friends with the McCain campaign of late. In addition to criticizing Romney - now one of its top surrogates - the Arkansas Republican will reportedly attend a rally on the National Mall Saturday to push McCain and Obama to delve further into issues facing evangelical voters.

But Huckabee said he will support the Republican ticket, no matter who the vice presidential candidate is.

"I'm going to support our nominee," he said. "And I'm more interested in who the president is than who the vice president is, anyway."

As for his own chances of being named McCain's running mate, Huckabee said he isn't counting on it.

"I've said, for many, many months, now that I have no expectation that I'm going to get that phone call," he said. "I even have my cell phone turned off, as we speak."

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Jim

    McCain will pick whomever his lobbyist advisors dictate to him. John McCain? SOLD to the highest bidder!

    August 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Pat

    Huckabee will not have to worry. McCain will not need a VP as he won't be in the White House. But I agree with Huckabee about Mit Romney. He is not a man to be trusted. Huckabee on the other is a man of great character, fortitude and conviction.

    August 14, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. DavidE73

    Saying "Mike Huckabee doesn't like Romney because he is a Mormon" is just about equivalent to saying "Americans didn't like Joe McCarthy because he was Irish".

    August 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Denise

    Mike Huckabee is a moron.

    August 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. paper st. soap co.

    mike huckabee wants the candidates to talk more about evangelical issues. they wont and they shouldnt. 1 in america were all plauged with the same issues. 2 if evangelicals have their own issues,thats not the whole countrys problem or concern. 3 only people like mike huckabee want to hear about religious sectarian isuues and they dont make up enough votes to matter in more than a few states that will go the same way they have gone for 50 years... republican... are the economically challenged complaining? no. are the anti war people complaining? no. because REAL issues are a focus in campaigns. if only mike huckabee and his crowd can realize that no one takes religion that seriously anymore. especially with all the evidence that proves that its merely a crutch. and is not to be taken literally......

    August 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. DavidE73

    JB Harpton: Your thinking is about as correct as your spelling.

    August 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Morningstar

    Romney is a fake any way

    August 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. jo

    Romney will be better presedent than Mccain at least he knows about economy.

    August 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. fred

    Of course he slams him. Evangelicals do not like Mormons, period. Attend any Baptist Sunday School for a few weeks, and you'll get all the anti-mormon rhetoric you ever wanted.

    August 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!!!!!! . . . who hasn't flip flopped on issues!! It's nice to know that Mitt has an open mind and the fact is life changes. What about all the other candidates that change their views??? Bring them up and lay off Mitt!!!!

    August 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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