In 1996, Huckabee skipped the Republican National Convention in San Diego that he did not want to be forced to criticize Bill Clinton. Huckabee was the party's pride and joy at the time -- its newest governor. Aide Rex Nelson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at the time at Huckabee was concerned about "the possibility of Arkansas-bashing at the convention." He did not want to be put in a position to have to defend his state.
Huckabee has become friendly will Bill Clinton since then, collaborating with him on an anti-obesity initiative.
If Huckabee is chosen as the vice presidential nominee, he'll be in the critic's cat-bird seat.