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Huckabee on VP Shortlist?

By GOPUSA Staff

Now the Mitt Romney has sewn up the GOP presidential nomination, all the talk has moved to who will be his running mate. Many names have been discussed such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But Romney insiders are saying don't be surprised if former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee gets serious consideration.

To many Republicans, a ticket with a Mormon bishop and a Baptist preacher isn't far-fetched. "In a way, it's almost a dream ticket," says Ed Rollins, the chairman of Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign. "He's substantive and knows domestic policy, and his personality wouldn't overshadow Romney's."

For now, it isn't clear whether Huckabee is going to be vetted, or that he's anywhere near Romney's short list. But he is, at the very least, being discussed. As one Romney ally puts it, tapping Huckabee would energize tea-party conservatives, evangelicals, and related voters who soured on Romney during the GOP primaries. He's also not a sweat-inducing pick, since he was vetted by the Beltway press during his presidential run four years ago.

Read the full story at National Review

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  1. lwessonComment by lwesson
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    This would mean that Romney would have to forget the Huckabee shenanigans that in the Primaries, that handed McLame the Republican Nomination.

    Of course, Ed Rollins would be making such a pitch. I too, would like to work in The White House, ( writing speeches ) but if Romney cannot see what is going on, I think he can, then this is bad.

    Again, picking someone who can see the long trainwreck that the Federal Gov. has gotten us into, is young enough to endure 8 years, and then run for office, is important, vitally important for the Republic.

    My choice? While I think that Rand Paul, understands very much the disastrous mess, my choice, Romney likely would find Paul Ryan perfect to work with. Either one, but please not someone that is a quasi conservative, that would re-enforce the Rino tag.

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    • teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
      May 11, 2012 @ 5:33 am

      Adding to that, Huckabee is an amnesty boy as well. You can do everything else right, but then grant amnesty to the illegals and assure the destruction of America with that one action. Please, no Huckabee.

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    • lwessonComment by lwesson
      May 11, 2012 @ 11:59 am

      Several years ago, I got into a very heated argument with someone who is a member of, The American Chamber of Commerce. The guy, hates Obama, claims the Conservative Banner loudly, and yet, is against E-Verify, against rounding up illegals, against employer sanctions, against aggressive border enforcement, pro green cards, went on about Free Trade and that it was fine to export our industry to China… . I was stunned. He is a friend, but… (Real estate agent & home builder, that lives in a gated, isolated community)

      So, there are plenty of the kind of Republicans who are more than happy to let the rest of society pay for the hidden costs of cheap labor, at no cost to them, but for a handsome profit.

      The media has not outed Huckabee on amnesty, because they are in favor of amnesty.

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  2. RobComment by Rob
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    Boy I hope not. Romney needs to fire up his conservative base. Sure, in the race with McCain and Romney… Huckabee was the MOST conservative…but he had some real problems on some key issues that might create unneeded trouble for Romney. I’m not demanding that everyone be ideologically pure…but, just saying you’re a conservative, doesn’t make you one.

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  3. starblueTNComment by starblueTN
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    In my opinion Rand Paul would be the very best choice, but I dare not hope for that. He would out-shine Romney by far so he is probably the least likely to be picked. And that is really sad too because it is leaders like Rand Paul that would help to truly restore our Country.

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  4. elvaComment by elva
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Not so fast guys! The RNC is breaking rule #11 the purpose of which is to abstain from promoting a candidate as the GOP nominee unless there is NO ONE else running for the nominee spot. Romney in no way has the nominee spot sewn up. Ron Paul is still in the race, and he is racking up delegates. Romney doesn’t have his 1144 delegates. Furthermore rule #38 of the RNC states that bound delegates do not have to vote on the first round; they can abstain further putting in question Romney’s nomination. I would suggest you be aware of the rules and at least admit the GOP race isn’t over unless you want egg on your face along with other media when Dr. Paul becomes a force to be reckoned with in Tampa; the backlash of Dr. Paul’s grassroots revolution will come bearing down on a clueless GOP establishment which failed to respect the rules and give fair and equal treatment to Dr. Paul! Fox News just admitted Dr. Paul’s momentum was “totally off my radar scope.” The panelist’s saying Ron Paul is “stealing delegates” is ridiculous considering how the GOP establishment has broken the rules (rule #11 and refusing to allow votes they know are filled with Paul supporters and deliberately planting non-Paul people posing as delegates) while the Paul people have played by the rules.

    Fox News: Ron Paul is much bigger than people know …
    http://www.counterpsyops.com/2012/05/09/fox-news-ron-paul-is-much...

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 10, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      Give us a break. Romney’s going to win on the first ballot, Paul or no Paul.

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  5. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    May 10, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    “Paul’s grassroots revolution will come bearing down on a clueless GOP establishment which failed to respect the rules and give fair and equal treatment to Dr. Paul!”

    Memories are long in politics.
    If Ron Paul creates the chaos you predict, or if he causes Obama to win this election, Rand Paul will see a short career in politics.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 10, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

      How much longer can it be anyway? The guy’s 76!

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  6. ken51Comment by ken51
    May 10, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    The problem conservative evangelicals such as myself have with Romney isn’t so much that he is Mormon (though I’m not thrilled with that) but that he is a moderate squish. Adding a moderate evangelical squish like Huckabee won’t help one bit.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 10, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

      Who would you consider to be appropriately conservative?

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  7. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    May 10, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    I’m predicting right now he picks Chris Christie.

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  8. brightlightComment by brightlight
    May 10, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.Now, you don’t have to be in love with the guy,but he is far and away a better leader than who sits in the white house right now. He was governor when I lived in Massachusetts and did a great job among a majority of democrats.Yes, taxes had to be raised in some cases to pay for the states past many giveaway programs,but mainly taxes were raised to pay for The Big Dig after the federal government investigated the projects finances and found massive corruption amidst the millions of dollars of cost overrun figures and refused to give the state anymore money.The state is still hiking revenues to this day to cover the cost.
    The Massachussetts Turnpike Authority was in charge of the project, it’s finances,and construction, not Mitt Romney. He was repeatedly warning the MTA to bring the project under control,but to noavail until the tunnel roof collapsed,killing the wife of the driver of the car which was passing through the tunnel at the time.It was huge.My favorite moment(because I am familiar with the workings of Mass politics and corruption) for Mitt Romney was watching him meet the head of the MTA and with him walking down the entry ramp to the scene of the disaster and Romney raking him over the coals as they descended as if to say,if he really was’nt “I’ve got you now brother.This show is over.You’re history” From then on he was able to take charge and did.Great work over much corruption until he left office.He was hands on and was always concerned about the public.Someone we need now under almost the same circumstances to get us out of the tunnel we find ourselves.
    I’m not sure who #2 should be but there are many great options.Huckabee is good.Great name recognition and a stand-up guy.

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  9. vComment by v
    May 10, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Sorry! Rubio IS OUT………NO AMNESTY for ANY REASON!
    He is supposed to Represent LEGAL US CITIZENS INTEREST And NOT FOREIGN NATIONALS!

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 10, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

      Yeah, someone needs to clue in those guys at Fox News who are always pushing him.

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  10. JDZComment by JDZ
    May 10, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I like Ryan, Pawlenty, Christie, and Rubio. I actually like Huckabee a lot as a person, but I would prefer someone with a stronger personality who will take Biden apart in the VP debates and provide Romney with a backup that I could see as President.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      May 10, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

      Taking Biden apart in the VP debate should be like taking candy from a baby.

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  11. bobnipComment by bobnip
    May 10, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I, too, am not thrilled that Romney is a Mormon. I ask myself how anyone could believe in such a contrived misguided religion…but, then I think about the Muslim, Marxist currently inhabiting the White House and I realize how critical it is to get him out of there! I clearly see Bammer’s attacks on the sovereignty of this nation, the Constitution, and our American way of life and suddenly voting for Romney becomes easier. If he doesn’t pick a strong conservative as his running mate, he will not solidify the party and will hand the election to the

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