March 2nd, 2008
11:05 AM ET
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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. cons3rvative

    “I’m a proud conservative, liberal Republic…,” McCain said before catching himself.

    Vote Huckabee

    March 2, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Dave W

    An investment in the Republican party's future? The paper is crippling the party at a crucial point in history. By inauguration day 2009 seven of the sitting justices of the supreme court will be over 70. If the next president does two terms he will almost certainly get to decide the makeup of almost the entire judicial branch – possibly for the next 30 to 40 years.

    With this divisive and high-minded endorsement, the Dallas Morning News has shown only that they care more for their own narrow interests than the interests of the nation as a whole. It is going to be a very tight race this Fall, all thanks to a former son of Texas.

    What are they thinking? Republicans, let's get our act together!

    March 2, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Kimberly in Texas

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

    Why isn't this a header? CNN bias yet again!

    March 2, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Karla

    The paper's endorsement stresses temperament. Obama and Huckabee do have the better temperament to make decisions that pressidents ALONE have to make for American people. At most critical times like the so-called 3 am call, a president cannot afford to be making the wrong decision for Americans just because he/she is for one reason or another, is not in the right mood at that time.

    March 2, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Karla

    The paper's endorsement stresses temperament. Obama and Huckabee do have the better temperament to make decisions that presidents ALONE have to make for American people. At most critical times like the so-called 3 am call, a president cannot afford to be making the wrong decision for Americans just because he/she is for one reason or another, is not in the right mood at that time.

    March 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    To all my republican tickers, please vote for Hillary on tuesday, March 4. It is imperative that Obama is defeated. We can not allow such a charlatan a slim chance of becoming President of this great country. A country that Mrs Obama has been ashame of until now, that her husband has a chance. ALL REPUBLICANS PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE FOR CLINTON....MCCAIN IS ALREADY THE GOP CHOICE.

    March 2, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. hsmith

    Thank you, Dallas Morning News! In this Republican establishment city, your endorsement takes courage. The party is demanding submission in the ranks, and the News has stepped out of line. Apparently, the News has noticed the large and enthusastic crowds that Huckabee has drawn in every TX city he has visited – the youth singing and playing their guitars along with the Governor. Apparently, they have also noticed the melanchony, gray-haired robots appearing in small numbers behind John McCain hoping to be thrown a bone.

    March 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Carlos Nunez

    Where is a separate NEWS for OBAMA? You guys are not fair.

    March 2, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. Sue

    The contrast in personality and demeanor between Huckabee and McCain is huge. After all, if a man cannot control his tongue on the senate floor, how is he going to do it in challenging meetings with controversial leaders around the globe, or better yet – accept criticism from his own white house staff?

    Something to think about. Huckabee has commenable character.

    March 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. mc c?=rocking chair

    anybody better than the war hungry ex pow

    March 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Debbie Delegate

    It is good to see Huckabee still in the race... well beyond the timeframe Mitt Romney tried to strongarm him to exit. Huckabee has a kind of tenacity that may actually pay off. Way to go, pal.

    Huckabee for President
    Chuck Norris for Vice President

    March 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Republican turned OBAMA supporter...

    Good job Huckabee. Huckabee has ran a clean, honest campaign. He has my utmost respect.

    March 2, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. John Allen

    How anyone can "endorse" Huckabee is beyond me. The notion that he is an "honest" guy is laughable to anyone who say the dirty trick he pulled on Mitt Romney in Iowa ("I'm such a good person that I'm not going to show you a negative ad" and then runs it anyway 5 minutes later). Not only is Huckabee dirty, but he he knows nothing about the economy or foreign policy. Other than his short time as Governor in Arkansas, he has no serious executive experience to speak of...and no, leading small church congregations whose members agree with most all of your viewpoints does not count as executive experience. He speaks well and is witty, but other than doesn't offer much. The guy is all style and no substance. He's the Republican version of Obama.

    March 2, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Grif

    Pastor??? It's the Future that counts..... Religion!
    For the sake of the kids, you need to concentrate more, on what is to come.

    March 2, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. mabel floyd

    the conservvatives always want gov to stay out of people's lives, but they want to own everyones sex life. their beliefs are supposed to be the law, kind of like the musliums in saudi -– they have a right to believe any thing they want to-they have a right to enforce those beliefs on their congregation as long as members of that congregation have the right to leave that congregation . so far they do not have the right to govern the lives of thoes who do not believe in what they believe in. remember one thing--there has never been a theorcracy that did not abuse their people.
    separation of church and state is the only way to go.

    March 2, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. earl illingsworth

    Huckabee hones McCain's skills ,just as a "Sparring Fighter" does for a Professional Condender before the big fight. Let's keep it going Governor Huckabee because you've got some great ideals!

    March 2, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Relax Joe

    Update: We really don't do our jobs and research before we go for those sensationalized headlines.

    March 2, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Grif

    Yes Mr Huckabee. Just supposing the GOP don't win the Election.

    You won't have to worry, about whether George Bush Jr vacates the White House, and can't again, gain access again.

    No! You will have to change, all the lock's just incase Obama is elected. Then you will have to keep him, and all your "Official Secrets".

    From getting out! Not in..................

    March 2, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. someone smiling in Texas

    Good Luck on your endosement, frankly I think your endorsing the wrong people and not even 1,2, or 3 will help, but well........I guess I'll be the only one to comment here.

    Go Hillary!!!!!

    March 2, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Brant Madsen

    Sweeeet....! I knew it was only a matter of time.

    March 2, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Brian

    Keep going Mike Huckabee,
    You have my vote now and in november.
    Thank you Dallas Morning Newspaper for endorsing our Republican nominee, Mike Huckabee. Nominee- Huckabee,
    Nominee-Huckabee.

    March 2, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. leah

    politics of fear.......Bush-lite!

    OBAMA '08

    March 2, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Bob

    ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    March 2, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Vig

    I'd rather see Huckabee than McCain – even if he is right wing religious nut

    March 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Desiree

    How come everyone is saying that Sen Clinton should get out now in order not to divide the party but no one says that about Huckabee who has no chance of catching up to McCain, it seems like there is a double standard for women. The general election is not until November, a lot can happen between now and then.

    March 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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