Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee may not be running for the Republican nomination for president, but he says he is open to a selection as the eventual GOP nominee’s vice-presidential running mate.
“Everything is still open. I haven’t closed doors,” Huckabee said Wednesday according to a video posted by the Arkansas Times. “I’m not going to make some definitive categorical statement that later would have to be explained if there was something later to explain.”
However, the pro-life advocate said he is not actively pursuing a selection as the number two Republican to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama, saying, he is “not looking for anything, I’m content with what I’m doing.”
Huckabee also told the Arkansas newspaper that he is not likely going to endorse a candidate for the nomination any time soon and may not do so during the primary election.
“It could be well after the nomination,” Huckabee said. “I don’t feel any pressure or hurry to do it. Part of my issue is that a lot of those guys are good friends of mine.”
When he announced his decision not to seek the Republican nomination, Huckabee said that, while signs pointed to him having the ability to win not only the nomination but also the general election next Fall, he didn’t have the fire in the belly to run a presidential race.
“The past few weeks, the external signs and signals and answers to many of the obstacles point strongly toward running. When I am with people encouraging me to run, it’s easy to feel the strength of their partnership and commitment to help me to the finish line,” he said. ” Only when I was alone, in quiet and reflective moments did I have not only clarity, but an inexplicable inner peace—a peace that exceeds human understanding. All the factors say GO, but my heart says NO. And that is the decision I have made and in it have finally found resolution. I don’t fully understand it myself—but I’m sure the pundits will.”
Huckabee seemed to acknowledge that, unlike in 2008, he had a good shot at putting together the kind of campaign that would win the nomination and he pointed to the many polls showing him either the frontrunner or a leading candidate nationally and in many of the early primary and caucus states.
Huckabee’s decision has set off a scramble for the many conservative Republican voters who hoped he would enter the race and would have supported his campaign had he done so. Potential Republican presidential candidates were quick to put out statements praising Huckabee.