How about ‘Romney-Huckabee 2012?’

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has recorded a commercial taking other Republican candidates to task for attacking Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital of downsizing companies:


I post this less for its content than for what it may portend: I’ve been saying for a while now that Huckabee looks like a strong contender for the vice presidential slot on a Romney ticket.

Huckabee, 56, finished first in Iowa in 2008 – and with a stronger performance than Romney’s this year – due to his strong bona fides with evangelical Christian conservatives, exactly the electorate Romney will need to reassure with his vice-presidential pick. He’s been building his name recognition with a weekly show on Fox News and a syndicated radio show, and building his donor network through his PAC.

By staying out of the field this year, Huckabee has kept his hands clean: There aren’t any embarrassing campaign-trail quotes to dredge up, as there would be with Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann or any of the others who’ve repeatedly hit Romney in recent months. And compared to much of this year’s field, he’s a strong, charismatic campaigner who’s likely to remain gaffe-free.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W

    Could happen. Would shore up evalgelical support (get them out to vote) but might backfire with independents. I wonder how people would react to a ticket that combines a former Mormon bishop and an evangelical.

    Romney once said he thought Cheney was a model for VP selection. I took that to mean somebody with depth of experience in governing (for better or worse) at the national level. The governor of NM would be a twofer (Latino and female). Rob Portman would represent experience and appeal to independents but, like Romney, is a bit bland.

  • For Liberty

    Two Men Trapped in One Body:


    “He’s just an honest man.”