Huckabee Noncommittal on VP Post

COLUMBIA, MO - Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he is "not sitting around" expecting likely GOP nominee John McCain to tap the one-time Arkansas governor as his running mate.

Huckabee made his first public appearance last night at a previously scheduled ethics lecture at Columbia College, a small private school in central Missouri.  He told reporters before the lecture that McCain has no obligation to pick him as the party's vice presidential nominee.

Huckabee also declined to elaborate on his future plans, but said he plans to "vigorously campaign" for congressional candidates he supports.

"I want to do as much as I can to help Republicans and conservatives get elected," he said.

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