While Mike Huckabee’s supporters are busy threatening mutiny unless their candidate gets the nod as John McCain’s running mate and launching a seemingly endless parade of anti-Mitt Romney efforts, Huckabee himself as been a most loyal of soldiers, saying that his sole goal is to do whatever is most helpful to McCain and that “this isn’t about me anymore. It’s really about John McCain and winning.”
And if what McCain decides is most helpful to him would be to name him as his vice presidential candidate, then that would be just swell with Huckabee:
Mike Huckabee on Tuesday said he has not been approached by John McCain about being the U.S. presidential candidate’s running mate. But he’d certainly consider the offer.
Huckabee said he didn’t think anyone who has run for the U.S. presidency would turn down a chance to be vice president. The former Arkansas governor dropped out of the presidential race last March after McCain clinched the Republican nomination.
Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Huckabee said he has received “no indication” that McCain is considering him as a running mate. But if asked, Huckabee said it would be hard to resist.
“I don’t think anybody that runs for president turns around and says no,” he said.
Of course, just last week, Huckabee told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he had zero interest in serving in McCain’s administration because he can make more money and have more influence in the private sector:
If McCain wins and offers you a position in his administration, would you consider it ?
No. No way.
Why would I want to do that? What possible reason? I’m gonna have a good life out here in the private sector. Why would I go back to telling everybody in the world how much money I make and being limited to what I can make and living in a very expensive city and barely surviving to have some obscure Cabinet post and have some 20-year-old from the White House telling me what I’m gonna do ? Thanks but no thanks. I have better things to do with my life.
According to Huckabee, if someone running for president asks you to run with them, you say “I’d be honored,” but if that person actually becomes president and asks you to serve in their administration, you say “I have better things to do with my life.”