Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said Wednesday that he is open to accepting the GOP's vice presidential nomination, should the nominee choose him.

Asked if he would leave open the possibility of accepting the nomination, Huckabee said it would be unwise to rule out the possibility.


"You know, everything is still open. I mean, I haven’t closed doors. I found long ago that that’s not the smart thing to do,” he told reporters following a speech at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. 

GOP presidential candidates are likely to seek Huckabee's support. He finished first in the 2008 Iowa caucuses and came in second to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the Republican Party's nomination, but he decided to sit out the 2012 campaign. 

Huckabee, who has his own Fox News program, political action committee and other business interests, said that he is not actively seeking the vice presidential nomination, but still would not rule out returning to the campaign trail.

"I'm not looking for anything. I'm content with what I'm doing. That's what I plan to do, but I'm not going to make some definitive, categorical statement that would later have to be explained if there was something later to explain, even though right now I have no reason to think there would be anything to explain," he said. 

Huckabee's endorsement in the primary could be well-sought after by candidates looking to shore up their bonafides with social conservatives. But the former Baptist minister said that he might not back a GOP candidate until after the nominating process, since many of the candidates running are "very good friends of mine" and that it's tough to pick one over the other.

"It could well be after the nomination. I don't feel any pressure or hurry to do it," he said.