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. "Wild1"; Northern, KY

    First Norris and now Flair...can endorsements from the mobile home manufacturers association and the good folks at "SPAM" and "Wonder Bread" be far behind? ; )

    November 21, 2007 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. R

    It's gonna be so sweet when Huck wins, and all you out-of-touch fascist leftists are scratching your heads wondering what happened. These guys ARE America, you dolts. People who despite their shortcomings and humanity made the American dream work.

    November 21, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. meangeneokerlund, las vegas nv

    In other political news, it was announced that Hulk Hogan had endorsed Huckabee - but at a Huckabee campaign event, the Hulkster "shocked the world" by ripping off his Huckabee T-shirt to reveal a "Rudy '08" shirt underneath!

    November 21, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. eddiebear

    I could care less who endorses whom. And this is on both sides. I mean, are we supposed to be surprised when an actor (98% liberal in Hollywood) supports a Democrat? Will that really change that many people's minds?

    November 21, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Figure Four, Arkansaw

    Woooooo!!! Saturday night, Charlotte North Carolina, stylin' profilin' and limo-zeen ridin'!!! To be the MAN you gotta beat the MAN!!! Listen to the Nature Boy!!!

    November 21, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. P.A. Moore, Lafayette Hill, PA

    So what!!

    Huck may have the Nature Boy, but Hillary Clinton has the endorsement of that great slashing running back- O.J. Simpson!!

    November 21, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. American Pundit Fighting, Sydney, Australia

    I've always said there was a nexus between wrestling and politics! Governor Jesse Ventura has already made it credible for wrestlers to dabble in politics. If you need more evidence, look no further than the blog...

    November 22, 2007 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  8. Alex, Miami, Florida

    Democrats rely heavily on celebrity endorsements. It's hilarious how liberals on this page are bashing a celebrity endorsements when every idiot in Hollywood will jump on the Clinton ship (which will sink like the Titanic).

    November 22, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Jim Swansea, IL 62226

    16 Time World Heavyweight Champion Of The World. The Nature Boy Always Runs With The Winners. Get Used To IT! Huckabee for the Gold. Finally a person from the south. Tired of the Same-O Same O North-Eastern Liberal Snobs Looking Down on Us In The Heatland.

    November 22, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. Shawn Decker, Charlottesville, VA

    Huckabee's the only guy who has both Chuck Norris and Ric Flair in his corner. One plane, two parachutes, and three days later and those two guys would clean Iraq up.

    If you're serious about ending the conflict in Iraq, then you may want to consider Huckabee and his impressive ass-kicking machine.

    November 23, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Brian, Houston, Texas

    And of course I preach tolerance and inclusion as well, but, unlike you, Lee (I bet), I preach it for everybody.

    November 23, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Gingersnapperus

    Never underestimate the Nature Boy. Anyone who has made a career in wrestling last this long is pretty smart! Ric is a smart guy with strong political convictions. If he is supporting Huckabee...I will pay attention and check him out myself. And BTW, Watch Ric on Raw Monday night!

    November 23, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  13. bran, Texas

    Apparently, the only people that do not agree with Ted Nugent are people that believe the phrase "a lot" is one word (laurinda, ny).

    November 24, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. Blake, Minneapolis, MN

    Ric Flair can't help that he is custom made. I would recommend everyone watch his "custom made" video on youtube. Huckabee isn't going anywhere, but the Ric Flair endorsement is funny.

    November 25, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. B. Herod, the great state of Mississippi

    I am amazed how quick some people will accept the ramblings of some hollywood type individual then discount another performer and their political ideas. If you are a liberal then do what you guys "preach" be tolerant of all ideas that are put out there, you have a right to disagree but how harsh. Churk Noriss is a dedicated Christian man, even if you don't like his work respect his perspective. Also in the same way unless you know the real Ric Flair why slam him for just being a pro-wrestler, after all a former pro-wrestler did win the higest office in Minnesota and from some friends I have there he did a pretty good job. I am a conservative baptist minister myself and have my own views about a lot of things, I work with another minister who is supporting H. Clinton for the office of President we disagree big time about that issue but respect one anothers viewpoints. Don't be so rude to discreated someones views just because of their profession, if you check into a lot of pro-wrestling backgrounds you will find that a lot of these guys are college educated. Even though we don't all agree on the issues lets unite in the fact that everyone has a right to their opinion and that right has been faught for by a lot of men and women (not all of which had the same political ideas) but united for our country. Be patriots and listen to others viewpiont and treat others with respect no matter what post they have in life. And as another pro-wrestler would say who is a New York times best selling author would say. Have a nice day!

    November 26, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. JS Houston, TX

    Well I haven't heard much about Huckabee but I do know where Ted Nugent stands and his no nonsense political views. So I say Huckabee for President and Ted Nugent for V.P. If you don't know much about Ted Nugent, go to You Tube and listen to some of his interviews, especially with Texas Monthly. This guy may seem a little rough but come on, we have become a nation of bleeding hearts and let our people get murdered by thugs and then want to protect them in the justice system. That is wrong.........Go Ted!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    November 26, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Erik Wilmington, NC

    Has Koko B Ware endorsed anyone yet?

    November 28, 2007 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Jack, Boynton Beach, Florida

    To biased democrats:

    While it is true that most republicans immediately jump against anything "democrat", the intelligent people know that many of the policies currently supported by your party leaders simply do not work. Socialized health care is not perfect. Socialism is not perfect, and communism has never worked. I have friends from Cuba and Canada, and both agree with this. Michael Moore's movie on health care is incorrect. In Canada, you may have to wait months for a single operation.

    Also, raising taxes would destroy our currently weak economy. In Florida, and other southeastern coastal states, property taxes from the aftermath of two brutal hurricane seasons has forced many to foreclose on their homes. There are many other negative effects of raising taxes, and if you have studied economics, then you will know what they are.

    To biased republicans:

    While it is true that most democrats immediately jump against anything "republican", not all decisions from the republican party have been effective. George W Bush has tried to do the best with the situation he was given, and made mistakes that could only be seen with hindsight. As it stands, due to the current situation, most republican (and democrat) candidates do not have enough backbone to stick with a position.

    Also, the immediate branding of people with differing viewpoints as "unpatriotic" or "anti-american" is ridiculous. With the exception of several truly anti-american individuals, most are simply stating their opinion, which must be valued just as much as your own.

    To all:

    George Washington, our first and perhaps greatest president, said that we should not focus too much on individual parties, but that we should focus on striving to improve our nation. We all need to look past party memberships and listen to what people have to say.

    November 29, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  19. Jacob Denver Colorado

    wooooooooooooooooooo go rick hes not dumb he knows who is the best party go republicans to wooooooooo

    December 9, 2007 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  20. Mike Katy Tx

    Ric Flair is a good man and wretler, he is a professional who has been in his career field for many decades. Most liberals don't care for this stuff much because they are to busy trying to make you afraid of it and then blame it on someone else and then tell you they will solve it. Democrats are a waste of O2.

    December 14, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Robin (BUBBA) Smith Sandy Creek N.Y.

    WHOOOOOO!!! Ric Flair and Mike Huckabee both have my vote...Flair has been around a long time...he knows what he's talking about...Huckabee will do a great job for this country...

    December 20, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Craig

    I love this message board...proof positive that CNN, and everything associated with it is left wing, democratic controlled propaganda. Nothing but attacks on Republicans, gun owners, individuals...I applaud you for providing me with further evidence of how lemming-like the democratic left is, and how filled with hate they are. And CNN is their low-ratings mouthpiece.

    January 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. alex c.

    first of all that "washed up"wrestler you so ignorantly point out has been styling,profiling,limousine riding while you were still an itch in your fathers pants.That man has been making his money the old fashioned way he's earned it by entertaining generations of wrestling fans including our U.S. armed forces.which is more than I can say for most of hollywood.Everyone has the right to back up whoever candidate he or she is comfotable with it is our inalienable and god given right to do so.I may not agree with his politics but i'll defend his right to choose who he wants to just like anbody else.Just because he's the 16 count it 16 time word champ does not mean I'm going out and support the old huck(even thuogh he plays bass better than i do.)Many of you people democrats and republican alike love to pretend they are god and judge others remember people god would never pretend to be you.....woooo...

    January 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Erin

    Okay, so like Bush he's sweeping the dummy vote. Good for him. And it's TED Nugent, not Rick. ROFLMAO

    January 4, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. shane farrell

    'Republicans tend to be followers anyway'. anti-modern,anti-science. no they tend to pass a more discerning eye and value experience and pragmatism over dogma and fadism(political corectness and the political party who embraces it anyone?). it wasn't the republicans who initiated the hubristic great society programme,or who adopted the chauvenistic top down bellicose management style as emphasised by such trademark liberal(contradictory euphemism if ever there was one)initatives as roe vs wade. the perfect example is the idea that crime is caused by poverty,something we know and have proved to be false and simplistic. but whose supporters still spout this cant. contrast the republican candidates giulianni,mccain,romney,huckabee with the democratic front runners and one is presented with unique often utterly contradictionary personnallities and political ideals. the charismatic yet unconventional giulianni,the suave yet inconsistant romney to maverick mccain(someone who has demonstated his willingness to follow his own ideals). the democrats offer us the same pompous patronising platitudes. all obama offers is freshness but they are all essentially the same person.

    January 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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