After Mitt Romney announced his departure from the Presidential race today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, all eyes were on Mike Huckabee to see if he would follow suit. Instead, the former Governor of Arkansas, seen above yelling, “I DID NOT COME FROM MONKEYS!” vowed to continue his effort to gain the Republican nomination and appealed to those who supported Romney in the past.
“As a true authentic, consistent, conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I’d like to ask for and welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt,” Huckabee said in a statement.
Although mathematically the Huckabee camp has very little chance of gaining the nomination, many think his campaign is one for the Vice Presidency. However, in recent history the Vice President has been less about balancing a ticket, which Huckabee would do for McCain, but more about being the Presidents adviser. Good examples of this are Al Gore for Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney for George Bush, and Walter Mondale, who set the precedent an “activist Vice President,” for Jimmy Carter.
An endorsement from Romney would significantly boost Huckabee’s prospects, but in his speech today, Romney suggested he was clearing a path for John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.
Huckabee vows to continue campaign – [CNN Political Ticker]