The Washington Times - August 29, 2008, 10:36AM

It’s not exactly Hillary vs. Obama but Barack Obama’s campaign is helpfully pointing out to reporters that Mike Huckabee, darling of evangelical Republican voters, wasn’t vetted for John McCain‘s vice president’s slot.

This morning the Obama campaign sent along a brief item from Politico pointing out Huckabee’s announcement on his PAC Web site that he wasn’t vetted.

Writes Mr. Huckabee:

“I know that many of you have hoped and prayed that I would be selected as John McCain’s running mate.  I am certainly moved by your support and confidence, but instead of you hearing a bunch of total nonsense from the media, I want to share exclusively with you what is up.

“There are reports that I’m on my way to Dayton tonight.  Not true.  Wasn’t invited to be there and any reports that I’m going to be there are a big surprise to me.  I have never been contacted by the McCain campaign at any point about the VP slot.  I have never been asked for any information, background, etc., so as I have said repeatedly in interviews, I didn’t consider myself to be under any consideration.”

Stephen Dinan, national political correspondent, The Washington Times