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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  1. Jeff, IN

    Mike Huckabee's core values are what this Great Country was founded on! Who cares if he believes in evolution. Our country needs help...face it! A president can't do anything without the support of a united congress...Huckabee has what it takes to pull that off. I can only hope that he does include Hunter Duncan on his team. It would be nice to see some government officials with the same ideas!

    Thanks Con. Duncan...Good luck Gov. Huckabee!

    January 24, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I can't believe that Hunter stayed in as long as he did. Those few people that supported Hunter won't do much to support Huckabee. They can't make the Huckabee campaign get any better. Did McCain pick up a big boost when Brownback endorsed him? I don't think so and the same will happen here.

    January 24, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. maj

    This endorsement by Mr. Hunter is welcomed! When I read all the negative comments posted, it just confirms that there are thousands that just want to make sure whoever gets in office doesn't try to influence their lifestyle. They only know how to post cruel, hateful remarks. Why aren't you working? What have you contributed to this nation beside dirty it up with your foul language and low-life values.

    January 24, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    it is scary that Mike Huckabee supporters think that Mike is "favored" by God! And you people say that Romney is a member of a cult! Re-evaluate!!!!!

    January 24, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Canton 4 Huckabee

    All you Romney supporters calling Mike the Tax Hike Mike, what? You talk about getting the facts right on tax hikes, you better check your candidates record because he taxed people twice as Much as Huckabee did in his state. Also his nickname could be slim shady, you look at him and you can see he is a snake oil salesmen, I don't want what he's selling. Go Huckabee, the only candidate in this campaign worth casting a vote for

    January 24, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Nancy

    Romney looks like the poster boy for a politician. He doesn't look like a real person. He seems to change his focus and sometimes his stand based on the polls.
    McCain is like a liberal Democrat that believes in winning the war in Iraq. He doesn't believe in protecting our borders or enforcing the law to get the illegals out. His voting record in Congress has not been conservative.
    Guiliani was great on 911. His greatest moment was when he told the Saudi prince to keep his millions. He also implemented some great ideas while mayor of NY, but he has very liberal views on social issues. While I admire him for sticking to his views, I feel very stongly about the border and illegal alien issue and want the border secured with the illegals deported or forced out by implementing the law and putting pressure on companies that hired them. Per the 1986 agreement, that was to be the last amnesty.
    Huckabee looks & sounds good now but his prior record does not back up his stand now.
    Paul has some good ideas but is pretty weird.

    Not much to pick from.

    January 24, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. ted

    Jim you don't want a candidate taking pot shots at his opponents and you are supporting the Huckster. He call Romney dishonest when Romney runs contrast ads, his surrogates threatenen to knock his teeth out and choke him out, he also has repeatedly attacked him for being rich. His b-movie star sidekick says McCain is too old. Neither Romney or McCain have taken personal pot shots like the Huckster.

    January 24, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Steve Keller

    It kills me when critics knock Huckabee’s record as a governor of Arkansas. If he did such a bad job, why to the polls in Arkansas show him with almost 60% of the votes. This is much higher than any other candidate's approval rating in any of their home states.

    January 24, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. David Klepinger

    As much as I like Mike and still plan to vote for him in the Georgia primary on Super Tuesday (Go FairTax!), I think his candidacy is on the wane. The elitist, establishment types in D.C. and in the media (including Rush) are coming out very strongly against Mike, so I see either Rudy or McCain going up against Hillary, and SHE could be the next president. Just remember, you get the government that you ask for.

    January 24, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Steve Keller

    The economy seems to be the most important issue among Americans. Flip-flopper Romney is trying to make voters believe he is the one to do this because he knows how to become a millionaire, McCain is going to fix the economy by cutting taxes and reducing spending. This is the same old political speech that politicians have been using since the beginning of time. Huckabee has the only real cure for our economy and that is to replace all federal taxes with a consumption tax. I wish Huckabee would spend more time on this issue during his campaign. If every voter was fully informed on the FairTax, Huckabee would receive 90% of the votes. Let Mike save our economy.

    January 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Fanta

    Who is Duncan Hunter? Wasn't he running for President? A lot of good this endorsement is going to do for Huckabee. Maybe Hunter will give Hucakbee his leftover campaign funding also.

    January 24, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Mike S Orlando Fl

    Duncan Hunter is a good man with excellent character; therefore his endorsement should be respected no matter who he endorses. I’m sure all candidates would accept his endorsement.

    Looking at this primary, we must be honest with ourselves and admit that a ‘perfect’ candidate does not exist. In light if that, if voters truly understood how destructive our current 95-year-old federal income tax system is to our personal freedoms, economy, & global competition AND truly understood HR25 (aka Fairtax), only candidates that support the Fairtax should be considered.

    Due to our global economy -which is here to stay- our current income tax system will destroy our country. Choosing a candidate that supports the status quo is suicidal. God bless Mike Huckabee for being the only candidate willing to emancipate us, un-tax the poor, stimulate the economy, lead global economies, and fix social security (just to name a few).

    January 24, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  13. jyfranca

    I cant laugh no more,its like taxi driver endorsing president.Hunter didnt get any votes in primary i do not how he could influence non existent people.Maybe he could convince me if he could say huckabee endorsing him.

    January 24, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. hensa pargul

    I like all negative comments against Huck.
    Those are coming from the super negative person who have no cahracter at all.
    Huck, those comments make you sharper, right?

    January 24, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Bob Pfalzgraf

    Besides being a man of integrity, I am voting for him solely for his support of the
    Fair Tax bill and the elimination of the IRS. That will be the biggest boost for our economy.

    January 24, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. NILESD

    Duncan Hunter is a true American and it's a shame that 'real' Americans didn't see him for what he is. He is a Great American and puts the rest of them to shame.

    January 24, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Jeff AL

    If you want to give away our country to the illegals then vote for McCain or a democrat...your children and grandchildren will be ever so grateful to you that they have to live your mistake.
    If you want the government to take your hard earned money to pay for someone else's healthcare then vote democrat.
    If you want government spending to increase another 800 billion (which will come directly out of your pocket) then vote democrat.
    Otherwise vote for Huckabee. I for one will be. I was a Hunter supporter until he pulled out. When it gets right down to it they let common sense guide their thinking.
    And one more thing...the bottom 50 percent of the wage earners in the US pay less than 4 percent of the taxes. Since these are the people that vote democratic (which means they want the gov to take complete care of them) I think it is high time they began paying their fair share and quit sponging off the rest of us.

    January 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Jackie

    As a woman, Huckabee is one of the most frightening, misogynist men ever to run for office. I think I will vote Democrat as I don't believe in compulsory pregnancy and outlawing contraception.

    January 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Betty

    David in Oregon City, "Thank you to you, too." I'm in Portland, Oregon and a Mike Huckabee (FairTax) supporter. We're all just biding our time until it's time to come out of the woodwork, then, S U R P R I S E ! Betty

    January 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Rexis

    This just in: Duncan Hunter (America runs from Duncan) endorses Larry the Cable Guy. Unfortunately, a significant number of posts are directed at Doug, all of them arguing with him for defending the SCIENTIFIC FACT of EVOLUTION by creationist loons who do not know the difference between fact and theory. But this represents the intellect of the America who cares about Huckabee or Hunter.

    January 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Bill

    This is awesome news!!! This will definitely boost Mike's Campaign, and for those people that think Huckabee scares them, they just need to give the guy a chance, because here's a guy who grew up somewhat poor and had to actually work for a living so he knows and has more experience in the business world better than romney does.

    January 24, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. Jeff AL

    Mike S.....the poor aren't taxed...that is the problem... they run the country through their democratic representatives but dont pay any of the bills. I am also an advocate of the FairTax...if for nothing more than it will make the illegals pay taxes to cover the expense of educating their kids, giving them foodstamps, paying for their housing, and wiping their noses when they are sick.
    Jackie...do you think Huck is a woman hater because he cares more for that innocent child you are carrying then he does for you? what is it about you democrats?...you whine about war yet have no problem terminating the lives of 7000 children each and every day.

    January 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Mike D

    My choice for president...I'm sad to see him go. Americans can't handle leaders with integrity and personal courage. I came to that conlusion upon observing the adversity the current administration has to endure and the treasonist acts and deceit of the Moveon.org (I mean democrat) party.

    January 24, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. SP, IL

    Forget about universal health care and freebies, they are for buying votes from people that rely on government for everything. There is no free lunch, all burdens eventually comes back to regular tax-payer like you and me. We need small government, border security, FAIR trade (not 'free'ly trade), 'the Fair Tax' (not flat tax), voter identification. Any candidate who can deliver these worth our consideration...and therefore...all democratic candidate are not qualified. Educate ourselves (especially from opposite side whatever that is) to be an informed voter, don't vote by party or emotion, the vote DO affect you and other people.

    January 24, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Mike-Ohio

    I’m mystified at some of the opinions I see and hear being expressed.

    1.)Huckabee isn’t a conservative, he raised taxes in Arkansas!

    Yes he did, but the governor of a state, especially one as poor as Arkansas can’t spend money they don’t have. Arkansas was in desperate need of road and education repair. He accomplished both admirably. He also cut taxes several times during his administration. Unfortunately, our current president, congress and senate have spent money like drunken sailors; their answer is heck we’ll just print more. Guess what, when that happens the dollar’s value goes down the tube, and imported items cost us more. They may as well of raised our taxes! The end result is you now have less buying ability.

    2.) Mike Huckabee is a religious zealot and he is shoving that religion down out throats!

    Yes, he is a very religious man, and unlike many of the other candidates he does allow his religious beliefs to guide him in his decisions.

    That’s what he’s supposed to do!

    He has not tried to push his religion on Arkansas nor will he push it on the American public. He will however, push forward those morals that this country was founded on.

    January 24, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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