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. Dave, Raleigh, NC

    Enter to Win the GOP Tailgate Contest!

    Check out GOP Tailgate Pictures at

    November 20, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Mike

    Ted Nugent, The Nature Boy and Maissing in Action support the huckster.

    What a complete joke Mike is becomming (as if it wasn't bad enough already)

    November 20, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. Mike, New Braunfels, Texas

    All people here making judgments that some of these endorsers are ignorant, should first perform a self-examination first. Before jumping to a conclusion about these folks, or more specifically Mike Huckabee, you should all take a good look and listen to what Huckabee has to say and where he stands on issues. Who does, or does not endorse a candidate is not a direct reflection on that candidate. Take a look at the candidate for yourselves, and quit talking about these people as if they are sub-human.

    November 20, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. New York, NY

    The nature boy is the man!!! I'm voting for Huckabee!!! Whooooooooooooooo!!

    November 20, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Mike USMC 95-99

    I can only hope Ric & Mike join as a tag-team in 2008 where Ric gets the nod as the VP...

    I can only hope to See Ric & Mike fly in on a helicopter, to the ring where bin Laden & Al-Zaharwi are awaiting them, to do battle in the most grandiose pay-per-view event of all-time...

    The Match to Decide World Domination!!!


    November 20, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Steve in SC

    I endorse Huckabee. I want my picture in the political ticker as well. Where do I sign up? I don't know karate, wrestling moves on how to play a guitar. I can throw a mean brick though! Counts for something I am sure!

    November 20, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. apocalypsebiker, san diego CA

    I'm definitely not voting for Huckabee now.

    November 20, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Patrick, Fairfax, VA

    Hey, CNN, could you let me know who Hulk Hogan, Ozzy Osbourne and Barney the purple dinosaur are endorsing? Thanks a lot!

    November 20, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Lisa M. Bloom

    Why do I always feel so suckered after reading anything on the CNN ticker? I can't believe someone wasted words to write this. I feel duped.

    November 20, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. David MacFarlane, Phila., PA

    Ah, the Republican Clown Car catches all the important endorsements from fellow clowns.

    November 20, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Eric, NY, NY

    Well this campaign needed a little stylin and WHOOOOOOOOOOOO

    November 20, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  12. idiots go home!

    I love the comments from the 'tolerant ones' on this story. Many were probably the same claiming that you can't judge the candidate by endorsements since they can't control it. Those quotes generally coming after some of the sterling endorsements for Hillary, you know, the porn stars and other enlightened individuals in our society.

    November 20, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Scott, Binghamton, NY

    I'm reading these comments and all I can say is, wow: there are a whole lot of left-wing bigots out there.

    And I'm saying this as someone who dreads the thought of Mother Huckabee becoming the nominee.

    November 20, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Jr., California

    Isn't the Boogeyman and the Undertaker backing Fred "Dead" Thompson and Rudolph "Ghoul" Giuliani?

    November 20, 2007 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. John Q. Public

    Chuck Norris, Ted Nugent, and Rick Flair are for the common people. All the people making flippant remarks just don't get what's going on in America. I think Huckabee is going to go all the way.

    November 20, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Jason Tampa, FL

    These 3 guys who have endoresed Huckabee have more testosterone then all the democrat hollwywood homos combined...

    November 20, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Richard Flehr, Minneapolis MN

    Liberals are still wating for Dustin "Screech" Diamond to tell them who to vote for....

    November 20, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. Paul Thompson

    How about doing a story on Zig Ziglar endorsing Huck?

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Vince, Phoenix, AZ

    "The fans of "rasslin", Chuck Norris type garbage on TV and gun-nut Rick Nugent are natural constituents to an anti-science, anti-modern backwoods Arkansas minister/ republican candidate."

    I don't know about that. I'm a scientist that likes professional wrestling, Walker Texas Ranger, and Rick(sic) Nugent. And I like Mike Huckabee.

    November 20, 2007 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  20. Big Don,Alapharetta, Georgia

    Mike Hucklebee will be a very good president. I fell sorry that people seem to think that supporting the Constitution, and the reconizing the right to bear arms is a G-d given right. Ric Flair though based on what I have known of him isn't the best endorsement.
    Three ex-wives, bar fights and DWI's are not the kind of guy I'd be bragging about on my band wangon. I have never been a saint, but Flair is only in the ring to pay for alimony, and cover his bar tab.
    I support either Hucklebee or Duncan Hunter who in my books are real conservatives. The Marxists who are running for the Democratic nominaition are in my book unexceptable and pander to the lowest minds in our country. Progressives, or for the'common good,' are out of The Communist Manesfesto.
    Governor Hucklebee should rethink his choices of endorsements. Even though Hillary Clinton's, Obama, and other Democrats have serious questionable fund raising to say the least. Ric Flair may be good in the ring, but his private life is clouded by not so good behaviors.

    November 20, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. Mark Dutzi, Beaverton, OR

    Mean-spirited, neo-fascist, gun-toting, white-supremacist "Crackers for Christ"......God help us.

    November 20, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Fritz, Wilmington, DE

    Lee, Mays Landing NJ....

    you truely aren't THINKING with that statement. Wrestling draws a varierty of different audiences, many far from die-hard christians and republicans. You'd be surprised to find, there are plenty on both sides of the need to bash those who watch something fake (That is after all 90% of TV, Movies...and Politicians in general)

    November 20, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Aunt Betty

    I compare this to Ben Affleck's endorsement of Obama. WHO CARES!!

    I am voting for Huckabee but not because of who or who doesn't endorse him.

    Any voter that that would vote for the President of the United States because a "celebrity" endorses them should be removed from the polls. Any news organization that reports who celebrities endorse should be banned from distributing news.

    Contrary to popular belief, there is no right to vote in this country. Voting is a privilege, very much like obtaining a drivers license. If you have to rely on what celebrities think to help pick the President then you should be forbidden to vote.

    November 20, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. Tom, Wimington, NC

    Ric Flair returns to the WWE on Monday night. If you think that a Ric Flair endorsement doesn't mean anything, take a look next week at the ratings USA network does during this segment. It will blow away anything on cable TV, not just on that night at that time, but anything aired all week. Ric Flair moves the ratings needle, not just with "white-trash rasslin fans", but on a national level. It's a good thing for Huckabee.

    And, as an aside to Terry, Al Gore did not win the 2000 election; we have this thing called the Electoral College in America. By winning in the Electoral College, you become President; not by winning the popular vote.

    November 21, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  25. DJC, Buckeye, AZ

    I read about as much of the negative stuff as I can stand without saying something. People, listen to yourselves! You sound like a bunch of arogant, self-absorbed, "I'm smarter and better than you" snobs.

    I'm glad to see people ike Ric Flair, Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris jump into the political process. The real idoits are not these, but the folks who site back and think it doesn't matter. At least they are engaged in the process and may bring new voters into the fold. Of course, that's what some of you fear, because you see yourselves as "better than" and want to be self-appointed intelligencia and aristocracy. Get over it! This IS a democracy!

    November 21, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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