(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee received the endorsement of prominent conservative activist Paul Weyrich Monday.
Weyrich had previously backed former GOP contender Mitt Romney.
Huckabee said that Weyrich had made contact with him after Romney’s exit from the race and “indicated to me that he felt like I was the one guy that was left that was a true conservative that really believed things that mattered to a lot of conservatives.” He added that the activist had cited his stands on issues from national security and immigration to taxes and abortion.
Weyrich is the chairman of the Free Congress Foundation and a founder of the Moral Majority along with the late Jerry Falwell. The group was one of the largest political lobby groups for evangelical Christians, and helped deliver two-thirds of the evangelical vote to Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election.
The former Arkansas governor said Weyrich had been “a mentor and a hero, and I have admired his tenacity as conservative stalwart.”
–CNN’s Alexander Marquardt and Emily Sherman