August 28th, 2008
11:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee: I won’t be McCain’s V.P.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Mike Huckabee said Thursday he is not McCain's vice presidential pick."]
(CNN) – Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told supporters Thursday he would not be John McCain’s running mate, and emphasized that he was never vetted by McCain’s presidential campaign.

"I have never been contacted by the McCain campaign at any point about the VP slot," Huckabee wrote in the statement posted on his political action committee’s Web site. "I have never been asked for any information, background, etc., so as I have said repeatedly in interviews, I didn’t consider myself to be under any consideration."

"I think people thought I was being coy and just not talking, but I have built my political life on trying to shoot straight and tell it as it is and as I see it," he added. “I have been honest in telling you that I had no reason to believe I was ever seriously considered or “vetted” for the ticket."

Huckabee, whose surprising win in the Iowa caucuses, helped derail rival Mitt Romney's presidential bid. His position on issues such as same sex marriage and abortion made him a favorite of social conservatives. Huckabee told supporters he, too, “will await news of who Senator McCain selects.”

“I hope it will be a person with a solid record and solid convictions on the foundation issues that bring many of us to the process,” Huckabee wrote. “I’m taking this unusual step to communicate so it will come from me and not from some of the ridiculous things being said on TV and websites tonight.”

McCain is set to appear with his vice presidential pick in Ohio on Friday.

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Sherry, Atlanta


    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 28, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Kyle SC

    Sorry for YOU. But good for Barack YOU were the ONLY candidate that scared ME!! You have a bright political career I must say and I'm a Democrat

    August 28, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  3. Willcnnpostthis?

    the last guy who said that (biden) became the nominee

    Does this mean mike is the guy?

    August 28, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. Scott L

    Take care now. Hope Fiorina is the VP nomination...McCain would win by a landslide.

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Tony

    Considering that Huckabee's policies where crazier than Ron Paul's, I'm glad that McCain isn't tapping him for the veep spot.

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. Griff

    No!!!! No!!! Mr Huck.... But you will be True to your cause... You pas this way but Once.....

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    Good for you Mike Huckabee – who wants to be tied to a sinking ship.

    August 28, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. Sister Mary


    August 28, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  9. Danny

    Huckabee, it is time for you to take over the senate seat from AR. We need smart persons like you to get Republicans into majority in the Senate. We do not need radicals like Barack and Biden.

    August 28, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  10. Morningstar

    Huckabee, McCain is too old to see you. It is his lost.

    August 28, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. G. Rodriguez

    Too bad, because Huckabee was the only Republican candidate that had a sense of decency and who I could trust. Romney makes me want to put my wallet in my front pocket. Pawlenty makes me yawn. As for the former Democrat, weasel.

    August 28, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Andy in DR from CA & NY

    The "Big Tent" has plenty of holes. Traditional GOP who don't believe in Bush/McCain fiscal policy; GOP who want strength, but with integrity, grit and diplomacy, not on a mistake or go-it-alone; GOP who still believe in high values and cannot abide torture; those who think the economy is sacred; split on abortion, yet want a conservative Supreme Court... it'll be an interesting dog and pony show next week.

    August 28, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Bill

    Mitt Romney for VP

    August 28, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  14. Anticipating tommorow..

    I guess that's what sucking up to McCain will get you...

    August 28, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  15. Charles

    Tonight before Obama started his nomination speech. I was very angry because I veiwed a letter from Huckabee stating he was not the VP, I was an avid Huckabee supporter. But now I am Happy McCain did not pick Huckabee. Cause I know now after watching Obama that McCain cannot win. I was a Huckabee supporter and probably will campaign for him in 2012., but this year, I am now an Obama supporter.

    August 28, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. American

    LOL...the Repugs are running from McLoser!

    NO WAY....NO HOW....NO MCCAIN!!!!!


    August 28, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Malcolm

    Great job McCain!!! That puts the Deep South states in play for Obama!

    August 28, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  18. jonathan

    doesn't matter, mccain can't win.

    it's now time for mccain to retire... is kind are over...

    August 28, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  19. anne

    Mike is the only straight-shooter in politics. it is a sad day.

    August 29, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  20. Independent Voter

    That's a relief.

    August 29, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. Fred

    Did anyone really care?!

    August 29, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  22. madtown

    Ya don't say! DUH!!

    August 29, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  23. Jon

    Huckabee tried to tell America about John McCain and you voted for him anyway. Now you all see what you got. OOPS

    August 29, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  24. Caroline

    Huckabee will be one of the reasons McCain ends up choosing Pawlenty over Romney. Huckabee's comments in recent weeks can be perceived as a threat to disparage Romeny amongst evangelicals, Huckabee's core base. McCain could not afford to disenfranchise this group. By posing this threat, Huckabee may have had an influence on this election but at the same time, has destroyed his future in the GOP.

    August 29, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. Jason

    He will be the janitor at the White House.. He's trash like McCain, Catchers Mitt Romney, All the Repulsicans..

    GOP said Obama's speech was misleading??? McCain is lock step with Bush on the misleading front. Bush misled us into an Illegal war.. McCain is a liar, a junkie and a womanizer and a racist.

    A vote for McCain is a vote for World War 3.. Mark my words!!

    Huckabee is a joke. He is a has been and should go back to the bible and lie some more!!

    August 29, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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