Huckabee For VP? Some Want To See It
May 30, 2012 at 5:37 AM (PT)
An article at REAL CLEAR POLITICS analyzes the support for CUMULUS MEDIA NETWORKS host MIKE HUCKABEE as a possible Vice Presidential candidate on the Republican ticket this year, stating that "if MITT ROMNEY's most pressing consideration in selecting a running mate is to find someone who can expand his appeal among independents or a critical demographic that remains up for grabs, several candidates would likely fit the bill better than MIKE HUCKABEE. But if the former MASSACHUSETTS governor instead concludes that his right flank is not as secure as it needs to be, HUCKABEE may be among his best options."
In the article, HUCKABEE's 2008 SOUTH CAROLINA campaign manager MIKE CAMPBELL argues that "ROMNEY is still weak among evangelicals and the faith-based community, and there's probably no one else in the country who could better take that off the table than HUCKABEE. When you go beyond that, he's extremely popular with the Tea Party and with the fair-tax community. These are people that ROMNEY is going to desperately have to have that level of comfort with, and I just don't think there's anyone else out there who can balance off the ticket as well as [HUCKABEE] does."
For his part, HUCKABEE told FOX NEWS, "I haven't gotten a call and I doubt I will, so I just merrily go about doing my business," but some former HUCKABEE staffers are said to be pushing the former ARKANSAS governor and present FOX NEWS CHANNEL host for the VP slot, with his former communications director HOGAN GIDLEY saying, "I know he loves the radio and he loves FOX NEWS, but that kind of stuff doesn't drive Governor HUCKABEE. He's a Christian, and he's had to answer the call several times to run for office, and it wasn't always the convenient time. Quite frankly, it was never convenient."