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Mike Huckabee handicaps the veep sweeps

Mike Huckabee says that while he'd love to be asked -- and would accept -- he doubts John McCain will pick him for his running mate. And on the other side, he figures Barack Obama isn't likely to ask Hillary Clinton, either.

Huckabee gave his predictions to Reuters during a trip to Japan (the video is below), and it could be he's justMike_huckabee_says_he_would_accept_ warming up, spring training-style, for his new gig as a political commentator for Fox News. But a voice from the trenches is always worth a listen.

On McCain, Huckabee sounded like a true loyal party figure. "I want him to define how he's going to win, and I want to help him win," Huckabee said. "That may not involve me [as a running mate]. And I'm not sure that I'm the right fit for him. That's something only he can know."

Huckabee, you'll recall, was the last speed bump McCain hit on his way to sealing the Republican nomination-- well, except for Ron Paul. And Huckabee was the favorite, for a time, of the party's once-powerful social-conservative wing, despite some misgivings over his tax-and-spending policies as governor of Arkansas.

So why doesn't Huckabee think Obama will pick Clinton? "There's some real tension, not just between the two principals, but between their inner circles and down in the ranks of their supporters that would be very hard to overcome in a short period of time," Huckabee said. "People who voted for Hillary will end up voting for Obama generally, but I'm not sure that they're ready to just have the wedding and, you know, cut the cake."

-- Scott Martelle

Photo credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times 

 
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I Love speculating about the VP, I found a site that has alot of info on all the veep candidates with videos and petitions you can sign for or against potential vp candidates, I signed a petition to ask McCain not to pick Romney, and I signed one asking McCain to pick Huckabee. I also signed a petition to ask Obama to pick Clark, I might actually vote for Obama if Clark was on the ticket. Sweet site. You can go sign petition at http://www.TheVeep.com or you can sign it at http://www.veeppeek.com

I Love speculating about the VP, I found a site that has alot of info on all the veep candidates with videos and petitions you can sign for or against potential vp candidates, I signed a petition to ask McCain not to pick Romney, and I signed one asking McCain to pick Huckabee. I also signed a petition to ask Obama to pick Clark, I might actually vote for Obama if Clark was on the ticket. Sweet site. You can go sign petition at http://www.TheVeep.com or you can sign it at http://www.veeppeek.com

Huckabee is the ONLY person who can help McCain in many states! He has the unique ability to drive people to him with enthusiasm, something sorely missing from the Republican ticket at the moment. Huckabee's likeability level is thru the roof, even Democrats say (all over the internet, they can't help but like him). He has the most loyal, hardworking supporters out there who would work tirelessly to get out the vote for McCain/Huckabee.

I appreciate Huckabee's honesty in regards to the VP spot, "I dont think its a position someone seeks, but a position that seeks someone."

I believe Huckabee would be a wonderful addition to the McCain ticket. He is an amazing guy with lots of experience and I believe can be the uniting "people person."

We'll see what happens, but he sure is positioning himself well for 2012...like he has always said, "this is not a race, its a marathon!"

Good luck Huck!!

Governor Huckabee may not be expecting to be picked as VP, but he is definitely Senator McCain's best shot.

Survey USA polls are showing that between Huckabee, Pawlenty, Romney, and Lieberman, Huckabee is the best man for McCain in terms of winning votes this November.

Besides his immediate pull, the former Arkansas Governor would garner huge grassroots support that, over time, could make all the difference in this election.

Mike Huckabee also has Reagan-like speaking abilities. Should he be given enough publicity, or participate in any debates, he could counteract Obama's speechmaking skills and give McCain a sharper edge.

Mac 'n Mike '08!

Unlike most of the newfangled GOP establishment working on behalf of John McCain, Huckabee seems human. Most in the premptive murder party are very adept at playing the guilt-by-association, character assassination game. John McCain like most politicans will unofficially accept their help because he is trailing badly and character assassination works. At the same time, he will officially reject what they say, in effect rising above the fray. George W. Bush's core base of support will never leave John McCain. They are too patriotic to think for themselves. Thinking for themselves is a no-no; it gives them a headache. The Axis of Evil wins when you do that.

Again, Mike Huckabee is a likable guy in a party ruled by George W. Bush. I am overweight and I think it is amazing how he lost so much weight and kept it off. That takes tremendous will power. Kudos to him. But I wonder does Michael Huckabee now wish a USA Patriot Act was in place to psychologically torture his troubled son so he could be born again as an American? Born again George Bush has mainline connectivity with a higher power you know. Just wondering, which as you know can be dangerous in and of itself, in the 'land of the free' with a "War on Terror' raging on us all as the world turns.

Speaking of wonder, where is the demonic, nomadic 'Sandman' who hates our freedom but allowed our Bill of Rights and US Constitution to be stamped out in the name of our collective freedom? Noone knows, right? Does he roam like a camel in sweltering heat with his high tech caravan of equipment or does he travel by horse and buggy? Does he have his own limo? Perhaps he burrows under the ground to a galaxy far, far away. How come most everyone else in his family gets along just fine with the Jesus loving Bushes? As a child, wasn't Osama Bin Laden fed the same love and pro-American literature as the rest of the klan?

Just wondering. Just words. Just thoughts. Thank you for your time. I love my country as much as you do if not more. Don't ever forget that. God Bless. So says i. Woof. Is it time for my walk yet?

Huck's a "swell" guy, but doesn't bring much substance or intelligence to the table. Ok, I'll give you the southern vote. However, a bit goofy and self promoting for my liking. Also, a bit of a smiling loose canon.

First, McCain shouldn't be the republican candidate. My hope is that he turns gravely ill during the month of July. I would love to see Huckabee, Paul, and Romney duke it out at convention.
I know who the winner would be and it definitely, without a doubt, not be Huckabigot.

A couple of other Presidents in the past that were Considered "Goofy" by many , were Abe Lincoln and Harry Truman. They are both considered by many to be great Presidents. I will only vote for McCain If he Picks Huckabee for VP. I would never vote for Obama. I don't consider him to be an American. A good many ole Traditional, Conservative , Southern Democrats will just have too sit this election out.

scott | June 28, 2008 at 05:36 PM, you are not alone.

There are a lot of other Republicans that hope McCain will become gravely ill or have the nomination taken away from him.

I would be very happy if the GOP takes the nomination away from McCain and goes with a Romney/Huckabee ticket. It is more than clear that McCain is unfit to be President. Unfortunately, I think a lot of Republicans will have to stay home and sit this election out or go to the voting booth and hold their nose.

Governor Huckabee is the only way for Mccain to become President. We will stand behind Huckabee.


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