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. Reagan Fan

    Before this endorsement, I liked Duncan Hunter very much. With his endorsement of Huckabee, I respect him even more because it really shows that he is willing to stand-up and not follow the NeoCon conservatives who trash Huckabee at every turn. Duncan Hunter is a true conservative who is faithful to the Reagan legacy and is not afraid to speak on behalf of a fellow conservative. This action is one of an honest man who will no doubte suffer the same fate as Huckabee as the attack dogs of conservative talk radio will surely go after another true conservative.

    January 24, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Who cares what you endorse. Just go home!

    January 24, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  3. Tom

    If Huckleberry is the gop nominee, I'll sit home and watch Hilly win.

    January 24, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. RG Riley, Pittsburgh

    honestly, i've heard and read that Huckabee is a great governor of Arkansas and a hell of a guy. However, with the nation nearing recession, what this country needs is a fiscal conservative who knows what he's doing and that man is Romney. If McCain or Huckabee got the nomination I would support either candidate but the man for the job is Mitt. Besides, I know im from the east coast but Duncan who? I only recognized this name as the guy in last place in the election. This country must thrive financially and Huckabee is a little too liberal with some of his policies for my taste.
    Romney 08'

    January 24, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  5. Glen, Boston, MA

    Wasn't there a time Republicans stood for tearing walls between people down?

    What happened to that party? A wall won't solve problems – it's a childish, near-sighted solution. Not to mention, an ecological disaster separating critical habitats. But, when was the last time conservatives actually conserved anything? Teddy Roosevelt? I think so.

    January 24, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  6. Kathy Ray

    WHAT !!! Was he Thinking, when he endorsed Huckabee ???

    It is CLEAR, Duncan didn't do his Homework....

    January 24, 2008 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  7. tino malauulu,california

    Honorable ,Understanding,Character,Knowledgeable..... HUCK ,in'08

    January 24, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  8. John

    Look what Mike Huckabee has done on a mere fraction of his competitors...If that doesn't prove his fiscal abilities, what does?

    January 24, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  9. Jay

    How in the world can so many people on here actually in their right mind call Mike Huckabee a the only true conservative left? The ONLY thing he is conservative on is abortion and some other social issues. His positions fiscally (tax hikes) and illegal immigration (touchback amnesty where illegal immigrants leave for one day, then come back and get their citizenship is just a plain dangerous form of amnesty. Of course now he tries to become tough on illegal immigration. People are starting to see right through Mr. Huckabee, he has had a recent change of position on many issues to pander to voters.

    The most true conservative candidates in the race were Hunter and Fred Thompson. Now that both are gone, Dr. Ron Paul is definitely the most conservative candidate remaining. Anyone who disagrees, just look at it rationally and actually look at the definition of conservatism.

    January 24, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  10. America Forever

    Misery loves company.

    January 24, 2008 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  11. rudy T

    Awesome. Hunter the man. Huckster the President!

    January 24, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  12. Mark, Boston MA

    TIME magazine runs a pro-McCain article again. Another shocker! I can't tell if TIME is so in love with McCain because they actually like him, or because they think his winning the Republican nomination would guarantee the Dems the White House. It's most likely the latter. McCain is a fossil, a relic from some former time. All the man does is talk about national security, while missing the point. McCain views strength the old way: bombs and guns. Romney views national security in the 21st century view: dollars. Vote for the economy in 2008 and give America a chance to lead once again in the global marketplace: vote Romney.

    January 24, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  13. jeannie

    I like Mike. I am a Catholic in Wisconsin. I really think Mike would be great as President, Hunter as VP, McCain as Secretary of Defense, Ron Paul Secretary of the Treasury, Thompson at Att General. Not sure where Romney would fit or Rudy – but they all have good qualities. I think Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter are the best ticket if you really see what they bring to the table. Too bad Wisconsin didn't get to have a real impact in the primaries this year.

    January 24, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. joe




    January 24, 2008 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  15. Ray

    We have excellent candidates in both parties. I like ones that are "normal" and not part of the political or financial elite. Obama and Huckabee stand out.
    Both will fight unspoken prejudice. Race for Obama and the anti-Christian movement for Huckabee.

    January 24, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  16. Jufus, Milwaukee, WI

    Duncan, AKA: MR. KILL EVERYTHING, never should have ran for anything.

    Charlie Manson looks PRESIDENTIAL next to this PSYCHOTIC...

    I'm pleased that he now supports Huckabot... that will really help the religious fruit-loop?

    Mitty will win Florida!

    BloomNUTS is NOT running for president and will NOT run... But, you may write him in if your state allows that...

    January 24, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. RB, from the bay state

    There's a big boost for Mike.

    Duncan who?

    January 24, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Jim, SC

    Thank you Duncan Hunter for your insight, you too are a man of distinction and integrity. Mike Huckabee is the only candidate that has a chance in the General Election. Mike Huckabee inherited a fiscal nightmare in Arkansas; the infrastructure was on the verge of collapse. Let us not forget, "read my lips, no new taxes" after which was that largest tax increase in history. The American people have to realize that in order to recover from the last 7 years that sacrifice will be mandatory. The difference will be that Mike Huckabee will be honest and straight forward with the American people, which is what we expect from our President.

    Fred Thompson took the SC Primary from Mike Huckabee and gave it to his friend John McCain. While the field is shrinking, it's important to realize one very important thing. We have not elected a President in recent history that held a seat in the Senate, the last was Kennedy.

    January 24, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Jim, SC

    Mike Huckabee is the only candidate running, from either party, that will place people above politics. With our troops being shot at and killed on foreign soil, I don't want my candidate taking pot shots at opponents; stick to the issues or stand down. Neither do I want my candidate having a short fuse while focusing on long term solutions and goals for the Country.

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb debating on what to have for lunch, Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.
    "Benjamin Franklin"

    Cast your vote for Mike Huckabee

    January 24, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  20. eddie the lock

    Lev Klinemann, CA January 23, 2008 3:33 pm ET

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

    in respnose to that post i add

    i can't believe they let californians vote.

    January 24, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  21. Patriot,NY

    Doug – It's the clowns who believe in evolution.

    January 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  22. David, Tempe, AZ

    How can you have one guy who is a lightning rod on illegal immigration, and has made it the white pillar of his campaign (Hunter), endorse someone who has advocated to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants? Where do these two worlds collide?

    January 24, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Jenny, Worcester MA

    I guess the other gop candidates said NO THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENDORSEMENT to hunter the bigot. Huckabee's gonna need any and all scraps available for his hodge podge pile of incongruous notions, to keep on going with some semblance of a campaign.

    January 24, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. Sandy, from Arkansas

    Huckabee is not beholding to creditors and knows how to balance a budget. He did it well in Arkansas. He is a man of integrity and will serve our nation well as President. He also has true graditude with no airs. That is very refreshing!

    January 24, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Alice L.

    Duncan could have endorsed McCain but chose to endorse Mike Huckabee, which I think speaks very well of both of them. Yes, I like Mike!

    January 24, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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