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. dubious

    what a loser huck is. can't he get any serious endorsements? do we want this guy to be our president?

    November 20, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. joseph, austin, tx

    WOOOOO, the Nature boy and the huckster WOOOOOO, we'll be stylin and profilin all the way to the white house WOOOOOO.

    November 20, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Vandelay, Gaithersburg, MD

    It must be a pretty slow news day if THIS is what we're reading about. If voters are persuaded by someone's opinion who regularly takes a metal chair to the head, our society is in worse shape than I thought! Didn't anyone learn the mistakes of electing Jesse The Body Ventura as Governor? I'll cross my fingers and hope that Hulk Hogan makes his endorsement soon!!

    November 20, 2007 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Huckabee would go along with the federal governments quarter century, never ending war on drugs. He would condone asset seizure and raiding of terminally ill medical marijuana user and medical marijuana growers. Stop this madness, do not support any candidate that would go long with these opportunistic fascists. DEA is a fraud. They are the reason drugs and crime go hand and hand. They have arrested and incarcerated countless mothers and father guilty of nothing more than using natural, prescribed herbal medicine. Of course Big pharmaceutical companies can't patent a plant, so republicans hate marijuana because they can't stick their bloodsucking claws into production, so they go after the people. Its all about money. Makes me sick. Screw the feds and their propaganda, I'd rather smoke pot than, gobble up whatever my doctor who gets kickbacks for pushing the latest and greatest pharma frankenstein that is probably made in China or India. Support Americans, 100% homegrown industry.

    November 20, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Danny Casolaro Martinsburg, WV

    Huckabee has also been endorsed by double-wide trailers, Cheez Whiz in the can, the cast and crew of Hee Haw, Red Man Chewing Tobacco, Natural Bohemian Light Beer, NASCAR, I could go on and on and on.

    November 20, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Sabi Kanani, Dallas TX

    What a joke! Who's next?...Mike Tyson?

    November 20, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Alexander, Washington D.C., USA

    If memory serves me correctly. I believe
    Ric Flair belonged to a WWF tag-team group called "NWO" back in the day... What a horrible endorsement for anyone to pick up! I guess Mike Huckabee likes guys in tight pants... what do you expect from a guy that looks like Gomer Pyle himself.

    November 20, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    This is exactly why I have no sympathy for commenters who bash CNN for posting non-news. This so-called irrelevant news has 20 comments while a lot of the 'real' news articles have no comments. It's you the readers and commenters that encourage CNN to post articles like this.

    November 20, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Glen, Boston, MA

    I think our social conservatives have a very unhealthy lust for violence on a very deep psychological level. It's an interesting commentary on the hypocritical intermingling of religion and violence in our society.

    On one hand, touting what is today's evangelical interpretation of Christ's message, on the other hand attracting some of the most violent pop culture icons in our country.

    November 20, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. r schier norwalk,ct

    Huckabee's really piling up the "nobody's"....I've never heard of this one...the fact that he attracted the first two, should be enough to scare any reasonable person away...

    November 20, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. hightimes, usa

    Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    while I agree with you 100%, they could tax it like they do cigs, and gas, which would be a huge money maker. But these laws are rooted in racism, black men getting high and raping white women were the false reasons this plant is illegal. pretty sad considering more people will die of alcohol and tobacco related products then they will of pot.

    November 20, 2007 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. r schier norwalk,ct

    Screw the feds and their propaganda, "I'd rather smoke pot than, gobble up whatever my doctor who gets kickbacks for pushing the latest and greatest pharma frankenstein that is probably made in China or India. Support Americans, 100% homegrown industry"

    Posted By Aaron Smithsburg, Maryland

    Well said indeed !! DEA is a total farce, and a total waste. If we stopped jailing people for such "non-victim" nonsense, there'd be money and room to KEEP the REAL violent offenders behind bars. And I agree, they don't like pot, because they can't get their money grubbing hands into it...govt: mind your **ng business...lately conservatism has become the closest synonym to fascism...

    November 20, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Unsuprising considering how they all have muscle for brains.

    November 20, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. JC, Topeka, Kansas

    Major breaking story, boy I did not know that people were excited about receiving endorsments form Chuck Norris, Ted Nugent and Ric Flair. I am impressed, between the three of them they should be able to provide,,,,hm...3 votes. This is news, not.

    November 20, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. Jason, Bloomington,IN

    LOL...This is too funny!! My co-workers and I made 600 jokes off of this guy and this topic. By the way, all of the jokes involved what used to be a mullet, lousy wrestling matches, bad teeth, and the words "undisputed world chapion." LOL We're writing a book over here!!

    November 20, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    I think that Scooby Doo and Shaggy are also supporting Huckabee.... but the Easter Bunny's still considering it...

    November 20, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Norotye New Bern, NC

    huck needs to be investigated – it seems he has some mean spirtited ways and it shows in his campaghn ideas or what ever they are completly off subject and dosent tell voters what he stands for – i belive the investigation will see huck had somting to do with BAD mouthing romney.

    November 20, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Frank tulsa, ok

    Now that Huckabee has the macho, tobacco spitting, deer hunting, beer swilling, WANGO TANGO demographic in his pocket, who will be the victim of the infamous "Milwaukee's Best Light beer can" falling from the sky? I'd say Romney fits that role well because he looks like the Mafia's version of a Ken Doll. Then again Giuliani taking a cell call from his wife at a NRA speech would certainly qualify.

    Men should be men so here's to you Mr. Backroad Guitarplaying Kickboxer WWE Guy. Because without you entertainment would have no place in politics and we'd all be bored stiff.

    November 20, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Capt. Lou Jersey

    I'm only going to vote for whomever Koko B. Ware's parrot endorses.

    November 20, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. Craig Louisville KY

    Hey CNN I guess with all this hard hitting reporting you forgot that over 5000 people have died this past week in a Cyclone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next time I want this info I will turn on TNT keep swimming in your own ignorance.

    November 20, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. Chas, Nashville, TN

    Jeez, a lot of these comments come from people who lack a sense of humor. If you weren't interested in reading this, why did you click the link?

    Personally, I'd rather see Ric Flair on the ticket. When the Nature Boy steps into the debate, the Democrats are going to feel a world of pain. Whooo.

    November 20, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. Richard A, Charlotte, NC

    Interesting how many intellectuals equate brawn with stupidity. Actually, the men named as endorsements have one thing in common, they used their God given talents, wrestling, martial arts and music to create a viable business career and support their families. Probably had a lot of fun in the process and employed a lot of others doing it too. Always amazes me how judgmental and ignorant or marketing/packaging the left is when they choose to be. If Britney Spears or Barbara Streisand endorsed Hillary they would be considered "brainy". Face it America. You have a natural jealousy of guys who take what they have and make something of themselves. These men are self-made. So is Mike Huckabee. These same people will be making fun of Mike as he takes the oath of office as our next President. Mark those words you silly people.

    November 20, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. nathan, Raleigh, NC

    I suppose we can call this endorsement a "body slam." Let's see, Huckaby doesn't believe in evolution, wants all citizens to pack a rod, and now is endorsed by a juiced up fake wrestler. Huckaby for "Dog Catcher" in '08.

    November 20, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Ah, but can Huckabee slap on the figure-four like the Nature Boy?!

    November 20, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Cool, first has-been Chuck Norris, then crazy "kill everything that moves" Ted Nugent, and now steroid-laden Ric Flair. Wow, what a stable of supporters! Although the IQ of all three of these people combined is about equal to that of an ostrich, I guess Mike will take whatever he can get!!!

    November 20, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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