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

Huckabee slams idea of Romney as veep

Huckabee's win in Iowa derailed Romney's presidential hopes.

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. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    Funny even after all his GOP rivals dropped there bid Huck and Romney was both still getting 10% points or more in that last primaries without even campaigning!!!!

    August 14, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. karen-phoenix

    McCain will start WW3 and I will not allow my grandchildren to be put into a draft!!! Go away McCain with all your wars!!!!! And was a republican for over 50 years!!!

    August 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Huck's right. Romney as VP would guarantee a GOP loss.

    August 14, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Mike from CA.

    Can't wait to hear CNN pundits blame this on Obama as well. You already have a full hour of Lou Dobbs bashing Obama, why don't you maintain some balance with the rest of your talking heads.

    August 14, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Pam

    Why does anyone care what Huckabee thinks?

    August 14, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Missed Oppurtunity...

    McCain and the Republican Party are clueless, Huckabee was the only Republican canidate that had a chance to defeat Obama. Huckabee is Obama's equal, the only diffrence is he's replubican...

    I imagine the Republicans have their picks and chooses... There's Dissension in their party as well.

    August 14, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Annoy the Media, Say NO to Obama

    Attn Hillary supporters... Please Vote for McCain,

    Don't gamble on the Obama EXPERIMENT!!!

    This is no time for America to take such a huge risk.

    August 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. fella from Chicago

    Too bad. The more I hear Huckabee speak the more I like him. He's smart, personable, and likable. He certainly couldn't hurt the ticket.

    August 14, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. former democrat

    Sour grapes?????

    August 14, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. JusLaugh

    I really think McCain will sink himself by taking the media's advice and picking Romney so I agree with Huckabee on this one.

    August 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |


    August 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Steve

    Do people really want an old Southern Baptist minister for VP like Huckabee. I guess he lost the position he was after which was Jerry Fallwell's old position when he was supposedly campaigning for in Texas two days before Christmas last year.. It was either him or McCain than gave their Caucus or primary deligates to the other to keep Romney from winning a primary.
    Would McCain even get more than 5% of the vote if he was running
    against anyone other than Obama. People are still predjudiced against black people.
    When you ask people why the are willing to vote for someone so ridiculous on evey point they will not reply to you. Ask yourself why?

    August 14, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. JIM...TX

    Phil@130...thats EXACTLY what Obama's supporters are saying on the other side. HRC lost an nobody wants to hear from her! Some candidates aren't smart enough to know when to quit....

    August 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. sue calgary

    You are not going to be Vee Pee Huck! so get over it! it doesn't really matter who McSame picks as VP anyway he is on the LOSING team.

    August 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. The Main Man in Kentucky

    McCain HATES Romney. Repeat, HATES ROMNEY. Do you not remember them going back and forth at each other saying those personal things? They were like two girls fighting over the Star Quarterback, but both girls were UGLY.

    McCain and that temper hasn't let that go. His ego won't allow him to pick Romney because it will make him look like he needed Romney to win and couldn't do it on his own.

    Romney is the only shot that McCain has to get his base out.

    McCain's best bet is Tom Ridge and just hope that the conservatives that don't like the pro-choice stance hates Obama's skin color even more than abortions.

    August 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Vigla

    It doesn't matter who McLame picks. He's already lost this election. This is a repeat of 1992. Wait and see.

    August 14, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. CJB in CA

    McCAIN is RIGHT (no, not Wright...)

    John McCain is turning up the heat on Moscow, and accusing Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of wanting to “restore the old Russian empire.”

    NObama is an American APOLOGIST (America is 'evil')

    History will repeat itself – NObama will APPEASE Putin !!!

    McCAIN in '08 (NObama)

    August 14, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. DJ Los Angeles

    Yeah ...agreed. I wont' be voting for McCain regardless, but think that Romney is an elist jerk.

    Huckabee is right, but Obama is the perfect man for the job as the country needs to make some radical changes and reforms due to the damage the Bush/Cheney regime did.

    August 14, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Chris, NJ

    I did like romney for a while, but over time I realized he's too much of a politician. Not someone you want as a running mate...

    August 14, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  20. Wow

    Huckabee you truly are a sore loser in every sense of the word.

    August 14, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Debby

    I like Romney alot and Huckaboo isn't bad either. I have friends in Arkansas and they say he is an excellent governor. Both have governed states and are certainly qualified for the job.

    August 14, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Ron,Berkeley,Ca.

    Mike Huckabee, is a very likeable person.
    If I were a Republican, he`d of had my vote.
    The Republican needs someone like Huckabee,he`s got a good sense of humer,and he`s smart....

    August 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. HOGS8403

    McCain/Romney 08!!!!!!!!! The best thing for the country and the best thing for the ECONOMY!!!

    August 14, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  24. TX for OBAMA

    OBAMA '08

    August 14, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Andy in Charlotte, NC

    Romney running his company by laying off people and making millions for himself doesn't necessarily mean he'll know how to handle the American economy. But hey...does the Constitution even say anything about the president running the economy any way? I know it sure doesn't say anything about an income tax! Our forefathers would be furious!

    August 14, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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