Huckabee appeared on both Face the Nation and Meet the Press this morning. He was also on CNN’s Late Edition but I haven’t found a video for that yet. He was the only 2008 candidate to have interviews this morning so he’ll get a post all to himself.
First, on Face the Nation:
Next, the full interview on Meet the Press, it’s in a 3-part playlist and will advance automatically:
A report on both appearances from The Politico:
Fresh off his victories Saturday night in Louisiana and Kansas, former Gov. Mike Huckabee appeared on both CBSâ€™s â€œFace the Nationâ€ and NBCâ€™s â€œMeet the Press.â€ And there he was again on CNNâ€™s â€œLate Edition.â€
It was tough trying to keep up with Huckabee, so hereâ€™s the breakdown in case you missed anything:
On â€œFace the Nation,â€ he was asked whether he is going to carry on in the race, despite the significant lead Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has in convention delegates.
â€œI am,â€ Huckabee said. â€œNothing is impossible. This country was built on the impossible. In politics so many things can happen that can change the landscape overnight. People say the path to victory is complicated and, boy, theyâ€™re right.â€
â€œIâ€™m prepared to stay in till someone has 1,191 delegates,â€ Huckabee said, adding that his supporters are â€œfired up.â€
â€œWhen other people are winding down, weâ€™re winding up,â€ he said.
Onto the most predictable question: Would Huckabee consider being McCainâ€™s running mate?
â€œI donâ€™t think he would select me anyway,â€ Huckabee answered. â€œI donâ€™t think I would select him. Thereâ€™s no illusion on my part.â€
â€œLet me say it this way,â€ he continued. â€œThere are no discussions for such a thing because at this point, Iâ€™m still running for president.â€
On â€œMeet the Press,â€ it was dÃ©jÃ vu. Huckabee was asked again: Do you want to be vice president?
â€œNo, I really donâ€™t,â€ Huckabee said. â€œIâ€™m not going to be asked. I think itâ€™s pretty evident that there would be a whole lot of people on the list long before me, and one of them would say yes. Thereâ€™s no point in speculating it.â€
He says he doesn’t want to be VP but it’s always strange how things develop over time.
Also, in other Huckabee news, he’s calling for investigations into the results of Washington’s Republican Caucus which took place on Saturday, story from Fox News:
Mike Huckabee is challenging the results of the Washington state Republican caucuses, his campaign announced Sunday, after accusing the state party chairman of calling the election for John McCain before all the votes were counted.
The campaign will be pursuing a full investigation, including sending in lawyers to join those already on the scene in the state, officials told FOX News.
Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser announced late Saturday that McCain had won the 2008 Republican caucuses in the state with 87.2 percent of precincts reporting. McCain had 25.5 percent over Huckabeeâ€™s 23.7 percent in that race.
Esser issued a statement congratulating McCain on a â€œhard-fought win,â€ and Huckabee on a â€œstrong second-place finish.â€
Ed Rollins, Huckabee campaign chairman, directly challenged Esserâ€™s move, saying the count was incomplete because the other 12.8 percent of precincts could tip the scales since McCain was beating Huckabee by only a couple hundred votes.
The vote was close, just a couple hundred votes separating them. It’s probably close enough to challenge, at least to ensure the counting has been done correctly. Plus, it was amazing to me that the state GOP chairman announced McCain the winner, not the news agencies which do the calculating on calling the race, none of them did until the Washington GOP Chairman did.
We’ll see how this all develops.