January 19th, 2008
09:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Hunter mum on endorsement plans

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter said Saturday he would not throw his weight behind another White House hopeful at this point, and would not reveal whether he would back any of his former opponents before the GOP convention this summer.

“I want to see who’s going to be strongest on maintaining a strong national defense, a secure border including a border fence, and meeting the challenges of an emerging China. I haven’t put a lot of thought into an endorsement,” he said.

The conservative California congressman, who plans a press conference later this evening, said Saturday that he is abandoning his bid for his party’s presidential nomination because results in Nevada suggested to him that “there’s not daylight in the campaign.”

Shortly before the New Hampshire primary, the underdog presidential candidate lashed out at "knucklehead media executives" who did not include him in the New Hampshire primary debates, telling reporters he was staying in the race despite widespread expectations he would announce his withdrawal at that point.

"So here's my answer: I'm not going to quit. I'm staying in," he said then.

On Saturday, he seemed satisfied with his decision to withdraw, saying that his campaign had been a “great, worthwhile experience… a campaign that drove the issues.”

–CNN Political Producer Alan Isenberg

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  1. JC in IL

    To the Young Voter and everyone else who makes an issue over campaign money spent among Romney, Huckabee et. al. Where Romney has more dollars to spend, Huckabee has free allegiance from evangelicals. Huckabee's religious support can't be bought but these votes are already sold on Huckabee because of the rallying support of evangelicals for one of their own.

    Romney appeals to more voters across the board, not just people of his faith. The number of people who voted for Romney has already outnumbered possible Mormon votes. Mormons are 2% orf the national population and 7% of Nevada. Why isn't CNN griping about McCain not getting any support in Nevada, neighbor to Arizona? CNN should stop blaming the Nevada GOP nomination for Romney just because of Mormons.

    Romney is not recruited over Mormon pulpits, that would be contrary to freedom to choose. Huckabee can rally votes for free in evangelical churches all he wants – as wrong as it is, but if Romney did that the mass media would frown on it.

    Take religion out of the vote and look at the issues. Mitt is the one with the plan that addresses fiscal, social, & conservative issues – the best balance among all GOP candidates.

    January 20, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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