• With: Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor

    This is a rush transcript from "Your World," June 22, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF "YOUR WORLD": To the powwow in Park City, Utah.

    Governor Romney's three-day retreat bringing out some top donors and some possible top veep contenders, but who is not going is getting a lot of attention, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Now, both of these guys skipping out of the retreat, we are told, because they had other things to do.

    To Mike Huckabee on whether this is any reflection on the Romney campaign or bad optics.

    Or you know people in the media; we always pounce on these things.And much ado about nothing, or what?

    MIKE HUCKABEE (R), FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR: Honestly? They are not going to make a decision.

    CAVUTO: You should dial that back a bit.

    HUCKABEE: Yes.

    CAVUTO: We're doing a segment on it. So...


    CAVUTO: ... obviously, we think it means something.

    HUCKABEE: Right.

    CAVUTO: You don't?

    HUCKABEE: Well, it doesn't mean that the people who are there are necessarily the top picks.


    HUCKABEE: Because this is going to be a very methodical, thoughtful decision that the Romney people are making. And they are not going to base it on one tryout.

    CAVUTO: But there are a lot of other potential V.P. picks there.

    HUCKABEE: Sure.

    CAVUTO: So -- so you know what people are going to do.

    HUCKABEE: But all of them are surrogates.

    CAVUTO: They're going to say, boy, well, this was the week we were told Rubio wasn't vetted.

    HUCKABEE: Yes.

    CAVUTO: And then you ran it back -- not you, Governor, but...

    HUCKABEE: Right.

    CAVUTO: ... Governor Romney dialed it back, said he most certainly is being vetted.

    It -- doesn't it just feed this argument that maybe, for Rubio at least, persona non grata?

    HUCKABEE: No, I don't think so at all.

    Marco Rubio is still a superstar. He's still very much in I think the hunt and very much in -- you know, on the top of the list. But...

    CAVUTO: Were you vetted for -- you were looked at by McCain, right?


    CAVUTO: No?

    HUCKABEE: No, absolutely not.

    CAVUTO: Because your name kept coming up, right?

    HUCKABEE: Well, but by the media, not by the McCain people.

    CAVUTO: So...


    HUCKABEE: That is the point, that...

    CAVUTO: What is the process with that?

    HUCKABEE: Every person does it a little differently.