(CNN) - Mike Huckabee said Thursday he will continue his quest for the Republican nomination, and directly appealed for support from backers of Mitt Romney’s now suspended presidential bid.
"As a true authentic, consistent, conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I'd like to ask for and welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt," Huckabee said in a statement.
– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney
I wish Romney would have bailed out earlier. Huckabee would be in a completely different position with most conservatives splitting between Mitt and Mike. Can we do Super Tuesday over?
Romneys move here to heal his image and help the party is to pledge all of his delegates to John Mc Cain.
This will put Mc Cain over the top and crush Huckabees hopes of a vice president bid.
Both McCain and Hbee can go to H
With only 50% of delegates accounted for I'd stay in too! Huck-A-Boom
The dark horse has emerged!
I can only hope that Obama beats Hillary in the democratic race. I cannot support McCain or Huckabee.
He is not Mitt Romney, but he is a TRUE conservative. As long as Huck is in the race he has my back. When he bails, I will not vote.
CORRECTION – It is a THREE man race! Ron Paul is in for the long haul! Please stop ignoring him and printing inaccurate remarks.
this is NOT a two man race! Ron Paul is the true conservative!
When the Democrats gain more seats in the Senate and House this November, we can all blame George Bush and Dick Cheney.
When the Democrats gain control of the White House in November, we can all blame Mike Huckabee.
I think Huckabee would be a good VP selection for McCain. He would bring conservative balance to the McCain administration
Hucklebee will keep going because he wants the vice presidential spot of the ticket. He doesn't really care how he gets to Washington, as long as there is a free house and staff to help run it.
cool..now Republicans can have a clear choice between subservient Theocracy and blatant warmongering
Much as I hate McCain, stick a fork in Huckabee – he's done.
Mike, now we will see how much McCain needs you now. He will not be Mr. Nice Guy anymore. If you wanted the support of the Romney voters maybe you shouldn't painted him in such negative light.
Not a chance we'd vote for Huckster-his dirty tricks are the only reason Romney isn't in today. Huckster doesn't have the intelligence or honesty to even be running for Pres,. You're ruining the party Huck and all for your ego.
Funny how he's welcoming in the supporters of the person he's had such hateful things to say about.
What about an aggressive, pre-emptive, trillion dollar foreign policy is conservative? Can anyone tell me?
Ron Paul is the only conservative left in this race.
Fair tax, fair trade, 'Fair and Balanced'. Some tells me that 'fair' is only for a small group of people in his country...and I'm not one of them. Hummm....if Fox news tells me I'm wrong, what should I do?
I'd like every conservative who is depressed about Romney's departure from the contest and is weary to support McCain to consider this: you don't have to support McCain. Who's to stop you from voting for a true conservative voice of your choice? The time is now for the true conservative voice to reemerge in American politics. Unite behind one guy, though. No sense in twenty million angry conservatives voting for twenty million ideal conservatives.
Yeah–Go Huck!! Back to AR-KANSAS, that is. If Romney couldn't beat Mac by simple operation of mathematics–what in blazes makes you think you can? You are even further behind than he was. Maybe you preachers and mormons should remember that bit about "Render unto Caeser" and stay the heck out of secular matters. I am a Christian, and the only theocracy I wish to live under is the one Christ establishes upon His return. So follow His good example, and return to Arkansas.