Huckabee Might Be on Vice Presidential Short List

Wednesday, 09 May 2012 09:38 AM

By Greg McDonald

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Some Mitt Romney supporters are talking up former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as a possible vice presidential running mate for the presumptive Republican nominee, according to the National Review Online.
 
Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate, is said to be under consideration by the Romney team, sources told National Review political writer Robert Costa.
 
“The conventional wisdom about Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential short list, according to a handful of Romney insiders, may be wrong,” Costa writes in a story posted Wednesday.
 
“Instead of picking a straitlaced Midwestern senator such as Ohio’s Rob Portman, or an outspoken northeastern Republican governor such as Chris Christie, there is a chance Romney will tap an evangelical from the South,” he writes.

But for now, Costa says, “it isn’t clear whether Huckabee is going to be vetted, or that he’s anywhere near Romney’s short list.”

However, some Republicans believe Huckabee, as Costa put it, “would help 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,” Costa noted.

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