March 2nd, 2008
11:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Dallas Morning News backs Huckabee

A Texas newspaper has picked Mike Huckabee over John McCain.

A Texas newspaper has picked Mike Huckabee over John McCain.

(CNN) - Two days before the Texas primary, the Dallas Morning News published Sunday an editorial emphasizing its endorsement for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, despite acknowledging that he has no chance of capturing the Republican presidential nomination.

Though Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the presumed nominee and "it is mathematically impossible" for Huckabee to pull ahead in delegates, Huckabee "remains our choice for the GOP nomination," the newspaper's editorial board wrote.

This is not the first time the paper has endorsed Huckabee. Last month, it called him a "a progressive conservative with a pastor's heart."

And in December, it called him "decent, principled and empathetic to the views and concerns of others - an antidote to the power-mad partisanship that has led U.S. politics to a dispiriting standstill."

The Dallas Morning News also endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Updated 1:34 p.m. to note original endorsement occurred in December 2007.

Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Texas
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Charlotte

    Backing two losers. Glad to hear it.

    March 2, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Mary - Independent

    I would like to see Huckabee continue through the GOP Primary. He is a strength for the very weak Republican Party. McCain needs to get his "act together", if he intends to go forward. This election is NOT OVER UNTIL IT IS OVER!

    March 2, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Michael

    Better late than never. Kudos to the DMN, although I can't help but disagree emphatically that "a Huckabee vote...won't do much to determine the 2008 GOP presidential candidate." VOTES MATTER. If everyone in Texas that genuinely feels that Mike Huckabee is the best candidate voted their conscience, then I feel that Mike would easily find himself holding a Texas win.

    March 2, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. TJS

    Good news! Thank you Dallas.

    March 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Harold

    Nice to see an entity that will collectievly stand up for what's right.

    March 2, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. andrew jones

    who is this clown?

    March 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Annamica, OH

    CNN no offense, but where is the story on Obama and CTV? I'm yet to see one, and this is groundbreaking news! Wake up Ohio, Obama lied to us, use your intelligence and stick with Hillary!

    March 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Harold

    Spelled collectively wrong...and he's not on the "wrong side" of social issues. He's on the right side, fools (missed that the first time around).

    March 2, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Franky

    Good for you Huckster! I guess people do recognize him.....

    March 2, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. John Stevens

    Nice endorsement

    March 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    A newspaper backing Mike Huckabee carries about the same weight as that actor endorsing Hillary Clinton – none.

    March 2, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Texans Are Excited about Barack Obama - TAEBO

    Why is every article on here suddenly about Hillary Clinton. How about a balanced perspective?????

    March 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton,TX

    That does clinch it for McCain. If Huckabee's the future, then I'm becoming a Democrat-leaning Independent!

    March 2, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Huckabee is a MORON! If he had any sense at all he would have dropped out of the presidential contest and challenged Mark Pryor for his senate seat. Now not only will he never be the nominee, but he's poisoned his chances to be McCain's VP pick. So, after Tuesday when McCain locks up the nomination Huckabee's political career is over. Good going, Mike.

    March 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Jessica, Brownsville, Texas

    Why in your title couldn't you say " Jack Nicholson Endorses Clinton" instead of "Whitehouse Hopeful?" SNL's skit about the CNN debate last week was right on!

    Go Hillary!!!!

    March 2, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Haley Rae

    You picked the two people who will never see the inside of the White House unless invited. Good job.

    March 2, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Joe Smith

    fyi, Mccain needs to reject and denounce John Hagee and his ministry of Satan. He comes as a angel of light but in actuality he is false Gospel if you will. Not because he hates all Catholics but the Church in general is being judged by God right now.
    Mccain / Hagee alliance is quite offensive and JM needs to be held accountable for his hate of all Catholics.
    I think Huckabee would make a better President than JM. Mccain has the experience but his ethics are questionable.
    Thank you for taking my message.

    March 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Sammy Boston, MA

    I agree that Huckabee probably does represent the Republican party. I hope that he wins, because I KNOW that he will never be president. My view is, with respect to Republicans, is that we need to keep them at arm's-length. I like the thought of the Republican party existing, because there needs to be some way for wackos and fringe-types to air their voices. But we also need to have a truly radical party like this, one that is completely marginalized, and that can be swayed easily by its own party leaders.

    Boston, MA

    March 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Joe Buckskin

    This is absolutely insane. I am ashamed to be a Texan living in Dallas right now. Huckabee is a guy that is more likely to use Tarot cards to make a key decision over any kind of logic or reasoning. Mike Huckabee is one of the scariest presidential candidates this country has ever seen.

    March 2, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. dlstokes

    I do believe the Dallas Morning News is a first cousin to the New York Times.That is a really bad article, written, I am sure, to confuse everyone.

    March 2, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Go Hillary

    Really that sounds like it will only hurt the future of the Reupblican party.

    March 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Richard

    seeing as how we cant insult the socialists go Huck GO!

    March 2, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Phillip Genest II

    I think it is a complete waste of time having 'Huckabee' in this race. He has ABSOLUTELY no chance of ever winning this nomination, and I believe that he is for the 'merge of church and state,' considering his comments and background.

    You can't just vote for someone only because they believe in God. An Athiest could still run this country well; just depends on what they stand for.

    March 2, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Linda Rayborn

    This endorsement is great and proves Texas KNOWS Huckabee is the man for the presidency!! However, they failed to state that having Huckabee as our nominee IS NOT impossible. True, Huckabee can't get the 1191, but if he wins Texas, good chance is McCain won't get 1191 either. If this gets to a brokered convention, we will get our man. Popular vote across the country (if we put Huckabee and McCain even in delegates) would show a HUGE advantage for Huckabee. We all know how McCain got ahead (4 conservatives in race with one McCain liberal) Conservative votes were split in SC allowing McCain to narrowly edge Huckabee out here by 3%.

    March 2, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. David Shedlock

    This is the kind of endorsement Mike Huckabee doesn't really need. Indeed, he does seem able to win moderates over with his smile and good nature. But I suspect that if were to win, those same moderates would hate him as much as liberals hate George Bush.

    He took a muckin and kept on Huckin!

    March 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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