(CNN) – Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee suggested Wednesday that a desire to back a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination is being calculated into the decision making process by some social conservatives even if the presidential candidate does not have solid socially conservative credentials.
Huckabee said in an interview Wednesday that Pat Robertson’s endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was “somewhat of a surprise” to him. The former Arkansas governor added, “But, politics is all about surprises.”
In addition to Robertson’s endorsement of Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was recently endorsed by Paul Weyrich, founder of the Free Congress Foundation. Despite a solid conservative record on social issues like abortion, the social conservative movement has not moved en masse behind Huckabee’s candidacy.
“Some people have become more process-focused than they are principle-focused,” Huckabee said when asked about the endorsements by Weyrich and Robertson. “So they look at it from the stance of who does it look like might be ahead of the game.”
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