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MS. MACCULLUM: And on the phone right now, we have Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. He finished a very close fourth in Florida last night.

Governor, good to have you with us. Welcome.

MR. HUCKABEE: Thank you very much. Good to be back.

MS. MACCULLUM: All right, so tell me a little about how you see things right now. As you head into Super Tuesday, huge delegate counts in California and New York. Of course, those are two of the biggest states. Illinois is another big state. Where do expect to do well on Super Tuesday, Governor?

MR. HUCKABEE: All through the South. We're looking at real good turns in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri; a whole band of states through there. We think we can do well in Montana, West Virginia, as well. So, we're far from out of this thing.

We went into yesterday second with delegates and, quite frankly, you know, we have a scenario in which we still can win the nomination. Despite the fact that some people may not really think that, we do and we think we're, you know, in this thing for the long haul.

MS. MACCULLUM: You know, when you look at the races that have happened so far and you see yourself, you know, in fourth place in Florida, what do you tell yourself to convince yourself to, sort of, hang in there and keep going?

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, mainly that there's so many people. I mean, we have people by the thousands hitting our mikehuckabee.com website everyday, joining our team, getting involved. In addition to that, we just have a very loyal, devoted group of people who are keeping us out there.

You know, the fact is they say, well, we barely made fourth, but Rudy's the one dropping out today, not me. We finished in the top two or three in virtually every one of these contests. We won Iowa. That's why we're second in delegate count. And ultimately it's going to be who has the delegates, not who has the front page of today's newspaper.

MS. MACCULLUM: But, you know, do you feel - I remember talking to John McCain a while back and he said, if I don't take two out of three of the first big three - South Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire - I'm going to be out because that's going to be my sing that it's not for me. You know, you look at all the other races and which ones do you think you can really win on Super Tuesday. And with delegates - you know, in Tennessee you've got 85; Georgia 113. How does the math work out?

MR. HUCKABEE: Well, it works out pretty good for us in that we're leading in those states and we have very strong in some of these delegate-rich states. You know, Georgia has far more delegates than Florida did, but there was a lot of media attention.

One of the things we battle is this perception that, well, you know, we, for example - we pulled out of Florida. That never happened, but we couldn't stop those stories from getting out there. That hurt us in Florida even though we were out there every day.

MS. MACCULLUM: Governor, before -

MR. HUCKABEE: We're going to make it very clear that we are in all these other states and we're going to be about 17 cities in three days in seven states.

MS. MACCULLUM: All right, you're going to be a busy man. Before I let you got, would you ever consider being a vice presidential candidate?

MR. HUCKABEE: I'd consider picking a vice presidential candidate, but right now, I'm still slugging away for the gold medal.

MS. MACCULLUM: All right, Governor Huckabee, good to talk to you, as always. Thank you very much.

MR. HUCKABEE: Thank you, Martha.


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