January 23rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Hunter endorses Huckabee

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/23/art.hunter.ap.jpg caption="The conservative congressman is backing Huckabee."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Rep. Duncan Hunter, a former presidential candidate, announced Wednesday he is endorsing Mike Huckabee's White House bid.

“I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail,” Hunter said in a statement. “Of the remaining candidates I feel that he is strongly committed to strengthening national defense, constructing the border fence and meeting the challenge of China’s emergence as a military superpower that is taking large portions of America’s industrial base.

"Along with these issues of national security, border enforcement and protecting the U.S. industrial base, I see another quality of Mike Huckabee’s candidacy that compels my endorsement," he added. "Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity. I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed. The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well."

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soundoff (325 Responses)
  1. Joy Greer SC

    So, he thinks that two negatives will make a positive? Nope, still don’t care for the Huckster.

    January 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Dolie, Philadelphia Area

    There is a typo in the first paragraph. The first quoted comment was made by Hunter not by Huckabee, who of course, would not be talking about himself.

    Anyway, Hunt-a Hucka whoever....

    Barack Obama is the next president of the United States...period.

    OBAMA '08!!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Lev Klinemann, CA

    I cant believe that there are Californians that voted for this character Hunter.

    January 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. bd

    A McCain nomination would negate the largest issue that separates the two parties. It’s the Amnesty Bill of course. This issue will rally the Republican base, and divide the Democrats.

    We know the Democrats desperately want the amnesty issue silenced in this election. It is their Achilles heel. John McCain marches in lockstep with the Democrats pushing for illegal alien amnesty. If McCain is the Republican nominee, that issue is null and void.

    Huckabee is not even viable.

    January 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Eric

    No negatives were mentioned in the article. Come on over and support Huckabee. He's going to be the next president!

    January 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Mike IL

    Well that gives Huckabee an extra dozen supporters. Way to go Huck!

    January 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Does it Matter?

    Wow! What a score!

    January 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Daniel

    this is good news.

    January 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Renaisauce

    What a wonderful and eloquent bid for the vice-presidency. It's unfortunate that he's bidding on a guy who won't ever be able to give him the job. Way to shoot at the wrong buck, Hunter.

    January 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. David Price

    Huckabee is the man. With Thomspon gone and Rudy fading, he'll take Florida.
    On top of the points, Hunter mentioned, Huckabee has got the best handle on health care issues.

    January 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Joelene Reno, Nevada

    WOPPPEEE, Big Deal.

    January 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Steve

    Are you serious? Mike Huckabee? Are we talking about the same candidate?

    January 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. David, Oregon City

    Thank you California Rep. Duncan Hunter! You are a great American!

    January 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Character? The character in question is Huckleberry Hound, right? We're trying to get rid of the character in the White House right now, so would we want another one? Face it, Huck & Chuck make a better comedy team than presidential candidates.

    January 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. Don H.

    Big pick up for Governor Huckabee. This will help him among conservatives. Huckabee seems to still have a very good chance at the nomination.

    January 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Moe, NY

    Oh, the Huckster is still in the running? Thought he might have enough common sense to drop out by this time. Oh well, just a matter of time....

    January 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Steve, NY

    Duncan Hunter is a man of unquestioned integrity.....if he thinks this highly of Mike Huckabee, there must be good reason

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Neil

    Hunter who?

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. James Brown ( Independent )

    I would vote for Huckabee before i would vote for Clinton...........LOL.

    January 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Scott W SDCA

    YAWN! Does Hunter think his endorsement means anything? I am not sure anyone knew he was running.

    January 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Tim - Florida

    Even though Hunter never made a serious dent in the GOP field he is admired by all Republicans because of his staunch Conservative credentials. Huckabee will pick up Hunter supporters (somewhat small), however, this will help bring those on the fence with the other candidates Huckabee's way. Huckabee continues to be the best politician in the GOP field. Nice work, Governor.

    January 23, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. The rock

    McCain and Huckabee do not have the credentials of Romney. Romney is the best educated and qualified, business savvy, and executive experienced candidate. Romney has won more states and delegates so far, this should be enough to lift him to national relevance in the polls. If Florida indeed goes for Romney, per the latest poll from Rasmussen, then he gets a nice shot at winning Super Tuesday. Hunter should have thought better about his alliance with Huckabee, for this country needs someone of Romney's caliber to take us out of the looming recession.

    January 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. B

    Curious to know whether those who call the Huckster a bigot or religous nutcase realize he was also just endorsed by various notable African-American leaders which included Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors. I think people shouldn't make quick judgments about this man.

    January 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Scott W SD

    THE HUCKSTER aims to roll back societal values the 1950's. Oh wait – people knew about evolution even in the 50's. Maybe he just wants us to put our heads in the ground and pray!

    January 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. canaan

    Mike Huckabee is perhaps the most charismatic and likable politician America has seen for the last many years. He could easily win against Clinton or Obama in the general election. It is unfortunate for the Republican party, and perhaps for the country, that the elites are conspiring to undermine his candidacy.

    Does the Republican establishment not recognize that Romney is unelectable: not only because most people in this country are deeply suspicious of Mormonism, but because he comes across as a flip-flopper and a phony? McCain is perhaps slightly more acceptable to the ruling powers than is Huckabee, but he is a pariah in the eyes of many conservatives, plus he is woefully uncharismatic. And of course, Ghoul-iani is perhaps even less electable than the others.

    The best , perhaps the only, chance Republicans have to win the general election is to nominate Huckabee, whose charismatic style could easily convert some Democrats and independents to his cause. Already, African-American church leaders are coming to his support in droves. Duncan Hunter's endorsement should provide a much-needed shot in the arm for Huckabee's faltering campaign.

    January 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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