Huckabee Tries to Calculate Path to Nomination

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From CBS News' Joy Lin:

TOPEKA, KAN. -- A reporter asked Mike Huckabee to work us through the math on how he could win the nomination.

"I was never that good in math. I'm more into miracles than math," said Huckabee. "Miracles, I understand. Math is a little harder."

Huckabee challenged a list of assumptions that factor into John McCain's status as the presumptive nominee.

"People have said well, you gotta have anywhere from 70 to 80 percent of all the rest of the delegates. That's assuming no other delegates leave the people they've supported so far, let's say the Romney delegates. It also presumes that, at the convention, people don't change their mind. There are a lot of presumptions."

Huckabee continued, "It presumes John McCain continues to have a campaign that doesn't have a flaw. But as we all know, a candidate can say one word, do one thing, have one particular moment that can end his whole career so, you know, I'm not saying I'm just driving behind him at the NASCAR race waiting for him to lose a tire. But crazier things have happened. So, the crazy thing for me would be to pull off in the pit crew, get out of the car and go take a shower and say, it's over. And then him lose a tire and I've lost the race, not because I couldn't win but because I wouldn't stay in the game and finish."
  • Joy Lin

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