PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman picked up an endorsement Thursday from a state lawmaker who backed Mike Huckabee in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.
State Rep. Julie Brown supported Huckabee, a social conservative, in the last election, but said economic concerns have now trumped social issues.
"Times have changed since Huckabee ran," Brown said. "I don't agree 100 percent with everything but on the whole [Huntsman's] the one who can beat Obama."
Huckabee announced a few months ago he would not seek the Republican nomination. Huntsman is courting fiscal conservatives, centrist Republicans and independent voters in his White House bid.
Brown said Huntsman's posting as U.S. Ambassador to China prepared him to navigate the world economy as China's economy grows more powerful.
But Huntsman's conservative credentials have come under fire from some Republicans, because he served as Obama's ambassador to China.
New Hampshire Reps. Jim Waddell and Adam Schroadter also endorsed Huntsman.