Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he still has his sights set on winning the White House, but he left the door open to running as the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in 2008.
“I’ve often said nobody goes into the Olympic Games saying, ‘You know, Mom, what I really want is a silver medal. That’s all I ever wanted in life,’” he told MSNBC before Tuesday night’s Republican debate on the network.
But he added: “I’m not even running for vice president. I will only say this: It is the job nobody wants and nobody turns down.”
Back in July, NewsMax reported that Huckabee was being talked about as “a possible vice presidential candidate who could anchor a presidential candidate like Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney to the GOP's base in the South and among evangelicals.”
Huckabee has had problems raising money for his campaign, but he is polling more strongly in early caucus state Iowa than in the rest of the U.S., and says he is “encouraged” by his showing in the polls.
“With limited resources, if you look at where we are, even in the national polls, we’ve spent a nickel to the $100 bill of some of these guys,” he said. “It’s not that I’m depressed thinking where we are. Heck, I’m pretty encouraged.”
But in July he did lament to NewsMax: "It shouldn't be about who can raise the most money."
In his MSNBC interview, Huckabee threw a jab at former Sen. Fred Thompson, who joined the race late and will participate in his first presidential debate on Tuesday night: “We haven’t seen much of him out on the campaign trail.”
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