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. Jake

    Huckabee is a goofus and aside from moral issues like abortion and same sex marriage, I'm not even really sure he's intellectually conservative. I'd like to see a Mac and Mitt ticket.

    August 29, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  2. Ted malone

    It's a shame that Huckabee won't be the VP pick, he would have been the best selection for McCain. I just pray that McCain picks someone other than the flip flopper Romney.

    August 29, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  3. Proud Voter

    McCain has a short list of bad VP's . First the guy from Minnesota inexperienced and no charisma, didn't the bridge fall down under his watch? Then we have Lieberman the "Confused Democrat", don't forget Ridge the pro-life candidate who the Rush Limbaugh's of the party will picket and for the most funny of all the choices Mitt Romney the plastic Morman remember how close to punches he and McCain came to at the debate !

    August 29, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. coop for Obama/Biden

    Mike got millions of votes but isnt on the ticket. But why? Because John didn't like the truth.

    I'm Barack Obama, and I approve this message.

    August 29, 2008 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  5. Paul

    My guess is that McCain now sees Romney as trying too hard to "be the VP nominee" over the past few weeks and resents him for that.

    My hope is that McCain chooses Lieberman. He has real experience being the VP on a losing ticket.

    August 29, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  6. Andrew

    Thank God,
    I wouldn't want someone who rejects basic tenets of science on any presidential ticket. Never again.

    August 29, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  7. California Dream

    Huckabee isnt the VP?!? Im shocked! .........

    August 29, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  8. hahahaha

    Mike Huckabee is the only Republican for which I would ever consider voting, but I'm glad it's not him. With Huck out, the entire south is in play. The real conservatives can't stand McCain and most would never vote for Obama, so they'll stay home or vote for Barr.

    August 29, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  9. Rave

    For John McCain there is only one thing to do if he becomes a President – Start new wars and benefit from it. Put American people in more debt and poverty. This is confirmed, gaurenteed..
    He's done it 90% of the time with Bush. I think he will be a much worse leader than George Bush.
    Mike Huckabee – all he knows is Bible. I think it is a disgrace, that religion, belief, family are brought into politics now a days.
    Does John and Mike think that they are more blessed by God than the Democratic candidates and all the Americans voting for Democrats. Then how come the Blessed One : George Bush was responsible today for deaths of over 4000 American troops and tens of thousands Injured, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths?? God doesn't want that... we all know that ..this is just 1 more scare tactic
    Who has the right to talk about God's judgement?
    All you have to think right now is about your family, job, home.. By voting Republican, you wont be blessed with a million dollar lotto.. Infact there are good chances, you may be punished with a Job loss or Foreclosure.
    So Wake the...Up
    Obama laid out his plan..150 Billion spent for this country to create new Energy and new Jobs. He will try to fill all the budget gaps that the republicans have left for us and it will be a tough job. Better 8 years than 12 years of War, Poverty, Job Loss, Home Foreclosures..
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    August 29, 2008 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  10. Mike

    Are bumper sticker slogans all you Democrats can come up with?

    I've heard nothing of substance other than catchphrases bashing Republicans.

    August 29, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  11. Bob R

    As one who would probably be more inclinded to support McCain I have to admit that McCain has a tough act to follow.....will McCain be able to put together as moving a speech as Obama.....hard to imagine he can......I don't think Al Gore helped Obama however....water levels are rising all around the world ? If they were they'd be doing so universally.....take a walk down to New York water now running down the streets ? Gore is up to his big fibs again and sadly you had a whole stadium of people probably believing him.....why ? Because he's s democrat and how can a democrat be wrong ?

    August 29, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  12. mississippi

    I'm gay and eat cat placentas so I'm voting obamination all the way. I enjoy being on the losing side. This will make me happy ...

    August 29, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  13. Truth Be Told

    I don't really care. Obama is the BEST! My interpretation of the stage in Denver was that it resembled an American temple where the American People offered up their testimonies, their stories, their struggles, their heartaches and submitted Barack Obama to God as our leader of choice for the United States of America! We need change now! We need Barack Obama!

    August 29, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. mississippi

    Obama won't win because he's black and doesn't make any sense.
    why is everyone staring at me??

    August 29, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  15. mississippi

    Okay, the convention is over... as is Obama's presidential hopes. Good night Barack... nice knowing you... NOT!

    August 29, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  16. Unknown

    Bush should be charged for war crimes. Unfortunately, Republicans, McCain is Bush!! Hopefully enough people see this in him and then there is no need to choose a VP. Take care of our people. Vote OBAMA

    August 29, 2008 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  17. Justin Heard

    The Mac had two decades in we are; period! Let's see what a top education and distance from big money can do in office?


    August 29, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  18. Hope LV,NV

    Huckabee is a good man. I guess this means the Sec. of Lookin' good is in the top two.

    August 29, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  19. Thomas5

    Good. If a man is called to be a pastor, he has no business doing anything but that.

    Huckabee is the quintessential "right-wing leftist", as I like to call them. Someone who claims to be on the Right, but clings to the philosophy of the Left. Good riddance, and don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

    Now it's time for someone who is truly on the Right to take the reigns in the Republican Party. Unfortunately it's probably not McCain. But until the day comes when the Republicans abandon their love of collectivism and collectivist morality, I suppose it's a "lesser-of-two-evils" vote this November.

    Hmmmmmm, maybe Leonard Peikoff could be persuaded to run? He'd have my vote!

    August 29, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  20. Scott, Orlando fl

    Sad Sad. Boring McCain with Boring Pawlenty. I'm glad Huckabee is not on the ticket, because this Republican knows when we're going to lose. After watching Obama tonight, McCain has no chance. Oh well I guess I will wait until 2012 for a true conservative like Mike. I may vote for McCain... thats it big maybe. He's definitely not getting my money nor work thats for sure.

    August 29, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  21. Michelle

    Obama is a bunch of hot air. Charles, I doubt you went from being a Huckabee supporter to Obama (Mr. I believe in killing babies as they are being born). What, you just abandoned every standard that you ever had? He is a horrible person and I am ashamed of anyone who falls for his lies. Then again, in this nation Britney Spears is a mega star so I guess its what you can expect from easily led people.

    August 29, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  22. kitty

    Thank God, "Huck" won't be on the ticket......McCain won't win with a bible thumping goober VP

    August 29, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  23. K of TX

    who cares...we vote for the president, not the VP

    August 29, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  24. JROY

    "Tim Pawlenty? His name sounds like a high-fiber breakfast cereal".

    August 29, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  25. Dan Campbell

    Mike Huckabee was the best hope for our nation.

    August 29, 2008 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
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