Wrestling star Ric Flair has announced his support of Mike Huckabee.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Wrestling star Ric Flair riled up a crowd of tailgating Mike Huckabee supporters on Saturday evening with his trademark "Wooooo!" war cry and said he was proud to announce his support for the former Arkansas governor's presidential bid.
"[Huckabee] is a quality person, self-made, a great family man and he has a great vision for our country," Flair said. "And I'm here to excite the crowd."
Flair was in Columbia with Huckabee at a "campaign tailgate" outside the college football showdown between South Carolina and Clemson, a yearly ritual in the Palmetto State that manages to dwarf politics, even just months before the state votes in a presidential primary.
Huckabee joked about college football with Flair and welcomed the wrestler's support.
"It means something to me that he has had a chance to look at every candidate and he has chosen to support me, and I appreciate it very much," he said. "And he'll get you in a choke hold if you don't agree with it."
Asked by a reporter if endorsements from celebrities like Flair and actor Chuck Norris trivialized his campaign, Huckabee said he has maintained "a serious focus on the issues" but predicted: "We're going to have some fun throughout the campaign and I think that's what's going to help us to win when it's all over."
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- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby