November 20th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
9 years ago

Wrestler Ric Flair supporting Mike Huckabee

Huckabee has picked up another endorsement from a celebrity strong man.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - In the race for presidential endorsements, Mike Huckabee has the kitschy pop culture celebrity vote on lockdown.

First it was martial arts hero and "Walker, Texas Ranger" star Chuck Norris, who appears with Huckabee in his first TV ad.

Then hard-rocking hunting enthusiast Ted Nugent jumped on the Huckabee bandwagon, citing the Republican's support for second amendment rights.

Now, Huckabee is getting ready to rumble: wrestler Ric Flair, a.k.a. The Nature Boy, is supporting the former Arkansas governor in his bid for the White House.

CNN has learned the WWE wrestler is on board with Huckabee, and will co-host a campaign tailgate with the candidate at the South Carolina vs. Clemson football game on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, South Carolina. More details are forthcoming.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'm surprised all three prior indorsers didn't indorse Ron Paul over Huckerbee. Ron Paul's got principles and their philosophy of government whereas Hukerbee only can say he's from Arkansas.....

    November 20, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. C. Rose, Hollywood, Florida

    Support of Mike Huckabee by the "Nature Boy" is indeed strange in that most educated people understand that "nature" is a product of evolution ... and Huckabee, an ex-Baptist minister, has stated that he does not believe in this scientifically accepted explanation for the status of life on earth. Does this country, which is on the decline regarding many aspects of education and science, really wish to embrace a religious idealogue for President rather than a knowledgeable, modern person?

    November 20, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    Oh that does it, Huck has got my vote for sure now! Oh please. Are they sure they want to advertise this endorsement. It gives the impression they don't have anyone better to tout.

    November 20, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Salita, SC

    What do you mean when u say "fresh"? Bush was a fresh face on the scene in 2000 even though he was a Bush. we all know where that got us. I would rather have someone i have seen before with tried and true ideas them someone i have no clue about.

    November 20, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. Shannon, Atlanta GA

    Mike Huckabee was a lousy governor. He knew there were innocent men sitting in jail due to a FLAWED justice system there and he did nothing. SO who would want this man president? He failed being responsible for one state – who knows what he would do to our country.

    November 20, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. Damon, Fayetteville, NC

    Does Ric Flair, Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris legitimize Huckabee's Presidential bid?

    November 20, 2007 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "bush bush clinton clinton bush bush clinton? time for someone fresh!" – chris sc

    Let's straighten out that history a little. Bush 41 served one term, 1988-92. He was defeated by Mr. Clinton, who served two terms. The 2000 election was won by Al Gore who polled 50,996,116 votes to Bush 43's 50,456,169. Bush 43 then won in 1996 by a big margin over Kerry (all of you who voted for Bush should be so ashamed now). So, the true pattern is Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Gore-Bush.

    Now that we've straightened out the history, so what? We want the best president. It's not the voters' job to share the presidency with as many families as possible. Father John Adams and son John Quincy Adams were, on balance, good presidents. Teddy Roosevelt and cousin Franklin Roosevelt were great, to say the least. John Kennedy and brother Robert Kennedy were potentially great, though we'll never know now.

    That said, I do not support Sen. Clinton, whom this jibe is directed at. While she might have the brains, experience, and talent to be a great president, she will never overcome the frothing, rabid, hellish, seething, irrational, mindless, boiling hatred of Conservatives for all things Clinton. During a future Clinton administration, Conservatives will gridlock the country with their raging opposition, preferring to see it go straight to Hell than to cooperate with anyone named Clinton. There are many evangelicals who would vote for Satan himself if Hillary was his opponent.

    I have never figured that out.

    November 20, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. Vickie Neal, Garden City, GA

    Well that settles everything. If Ric Flair is backing this guy, then he must be a winner. Looks like my vote is changing again. After all, who can go wrong following a 16 times champion who has not been involved in the steroid scandals!!

    November 20, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. eduardo de arizona

    What is Huckabee's position on the use of steroids in sports?

    November 20, 2007 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Jim, Burlington NC

    "While I probably won't vote for Huckabee, it at least shows that the "common man" like Chuck Norris, Ted Nugent, and Rick Flair are willing to endorse him rather than the "pretty people" who have gotten millions from special interest."

    You ARE kidding right? Two millionare actors and a millionare musician are "common men"?

    OK, I'll give you the they're not pretty though...

    November 20, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I question those that would have their vote swayed solely by one celebrity. I don't care if it is Ric Flair, Chuck Norris, Brad Pitt, Ted Nugent, Yitzach Pearlman or Jerry Seinfeld. Granted these people are entitled to say their opinion. I just don't think that people should be focusing on solely the endorsements. Also see what the candidates say on their websites as well as their record in Congress or as the state chief executive to point what they might do in other office. We the citizens need to do our own research and make up our own mind!

    November 20, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. Aaron K, Bondurant, IA

    And another idol of mine has lost my respect... I'll always love your matches with Dusty Rhodes... To be the man, you've got to beat the man, and Rick Flair, you are no longer the man...

    November 20, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Someone should tell Huckabee that 17 year old boys can't vote.

    November 20, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    He also supports: a women in every kitchen (and a spare if you can), pick up trucks, full-automatic weapons, Jesse Helms, no gays!! (even though he wears fur coats and make up), beer, pickled pigs feet, and now Huckabee. I can sleep well tonight.

    November 20, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Wayne, Greenville TX

    With Chuck Norris, ted Nugent, and now Ric Flair on his side, Mike Huckabee seems to be going after the lunatic fringe vote.

    November 20, 2007 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  16. Matt, Boston MA

    Wooooooooooooo Flair! I wonder what voting demographic Huckabee hopes to be going after with these kinds of endorsements? Is 15 year old nu-metal skateboarders really that big a voting bloc?

    November 20, 2007 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Anonymous - Atlanta, GA

    Tom from Mobile...

    It's not the arm bar they'd get caught's the figure-four leglock. 🙂

    Let's just hope nobody throws Huckabee off the top of the ringpost in the primaries.

    November 20, 2007 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Obidiah, Raleigh NC

    To be the man, you gotta beat the man! Woo!

    Since Bush has shown us one is not guilty by association, I guess Huckabee won't have to worry about being endorsed by a man with more womanizing problems than Bill Clinton. Woo!

    November 20, 2007 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    But which candidate will win the all important Steven Seagal endorsement?

    November 20, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Wow, Huck must be a serious candidate. Can Mr. T and PeeWee Herman be far behind? All he needs now is an endorsement from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I will be convinced to vote for . . . aww, who are we kidding. The guy's a joke.

    November 20, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  21. JMCC, Philadelphia, Pa.

    I see another 10,000 lost lives, Katrina, tsusami and all the other mass lost lives. Do you really believe someone is in charge up there? There is a purpose? If so, they fell asleep and with no rhyme or reason are trying to catch up. I always wondered if the naysayers ever answered the question, who was Cain's wife? His sister? His Mother? No one touched that question!
    If your walking down the street and your child ddarts in front of a truck and it slams on it's brakes and misses him, we say"Thank God", if it doesn't stop and kills him, why not say "Thank God. What a joke how we are so selective.

    November 20, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  22. T.M. Denver, CO

    I'm impressed to see Ric Flair, a.k.a. The Nature Boy is on the side of Mike Huckabee, as the only choice 2008. America needs a man with integrity and honesty that can restore our infected democracy. Hopefully others will see there is no other choice that will benefit America without selfish ambition, but bring a long needed healing for all.

    Thank you Ric Flair!

    November 20, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. Plastic, Brooklyn, NY

    interesting news, although could you please follow up and let me know who the following wrestlers endorse...

    The Macho Man Randy Savage, Brutus the Barber Beefcake, The Big Bossman, Raven, and Doink the Clown...just curious.

    November 20, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Jeff - Canada

    WhoooOooOoOOOOoooo!!! I can see Hukkabee now in the final debate dressed in his diamond studded robe quoting Natch, running around the podium doing the exaggerated Flair Flop, gouging The Republicans eyes and WhooooOOOooOOOOoing up a storm before walking off the stage with a couple hotties claiming to be kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, leer jet flying, limousine riding, wheeling, dealing, son of a gun. I'd vote for that.

    November 20, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Jim, Atlanta're not going to tell us who Michael Vick, Britney Spears and OJ Simpson support?

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give us some real news

    November 20, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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