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. Missmarple

    So Hunter is endorsing the candidate whose loyalty is not to the Consitution of the United States – but to the Consitution of God? Has he been promised the VP slot?

    January 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Santosh-Phila

    The only quality that binds these 2 is protectionism. And the day the GOP becomes a protectionist party (as it was in the 1920's) is a sad day for America. It just seems that except for the educated folks like us that read and understand economics, a lot of Americans just don't understand the necessity of FREE TRADE and that all this talk about "fair trade" is really a sham.

    January 23, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Jason NYC

    Sure Eric, Huckabee will be President once the wormhole opens and takes him back to his alternate dimension: Where the earth is 6000 years old, the planet was populated by the incestuous decendents of the Adam and Eve and where America was founded as a christian nation.

    January 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. F Thigpen

    HUCKABEE ALL THE WAY.....GREAT NEWS.........LOOK AT THE ISSUES PEOPLE ......................

    January 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Chris

    Maybe this will make Limbaugh think twice about making his "Huckabee believes in open borders" accusations. Unbelievable to me that Limbaugh didn't know Huckabee was so strong on the immigration issue. Does this man do any reading on his own – or does he just listen the Romney's attacks? Thanks Duncan Hunter for giving your support to the only true conservative with a chance to take on the Democrat candidate. Great news!

    January 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Paul Thompson


    Duncan is the man....

    Huckabee Gets It!!!

    January 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Claire

    Wonder what Ann Coulter will say about her best bud Hunter? She said he was the only true heir to the Reagan legacy...

    January 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Stanley Britt

    Thank You Mr. Duncan Hunter, all your support is welcome in Mike's campaign..I know you have more support than people think and you're very familiar with the illegal immigration problem..Please disregard the previous negative comments, I believe they were Romney supporters..We are needing some help in California, I hope your endorsement will energize your voters..If anybody believes you are soft on Iraq and the war, they're crazy..Again thank you..Mr Hunter

    January 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Robert

    Hunter didnt have any support anyways, so it doesnt matter. Romney is going to win the election. In a month people will be saying Mike, who?

    January 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. F Thigpen


    January 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. ChrisSpring

    Huckabee is by far the most qualified of the GOP candidates. The big money prefers Romney because he will do their bidding. They do not like Huckabee because they know they cannot control him. Huckabee is our finest.

    January 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Mike, Fredericksburg, VA

    To Moe:
    Huckabee is running second in the national polls, out of 5 candidates. Would make no sense for him to drop out now.

    January 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    I was supporting Hunter, but I will definitely vote for Huckabee.

    January 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Kimberly Saphonchak

    I have always admired Duncan Hunter and my opinion of him just shot through the roof. Mike Huckabee is a fine leader who listens to each side of an issue and makes sound judgements for the good of the people. He will make a fime President.

    January 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. The rock

    canaan wrote:
    Does the Republican establishment not recognize that Romney is unelectable: not only because most people in this country are deeply suspicious of Mormonism
    This country does not need a Pastor and being from certain church does not disqualify a candidate, Have you ever heard of Kennedy?

    January 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Ted

    Huckabee is undoubtedly the best thing to happen to his party and this country since Ronald Regan. Ed Rollins signed on as his campaign chairman; he advocates the Fair Tax; he has an immaculate sense of ethical character and fair social conservatism; he even has prior experience BEATING the Clinton campaign machine from his days as Governor of Arkansas. Huckabee is the answer to the GOP's prayers, and, as a party, they would be foolish to nominate anyone else.

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Mark -Florida

    Good news for Mike Huckabee. He is the most conservative candidate left in the race. With his great conservative platform and excellent communication skills, he should be our next president.

    January 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. Cantrell

    Only Huckabee can defeat Hiliary!

    January 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Eric, San Diego

    How can Huckabee endorse himself in the article?

    January 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Amy

    Some of you are so mean spirited. Huckabee is a great man who accomplished great things in Arkansas.

    January 23, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Dean Clifford

    I see a lot of people posting how Huckabee will take Fla with Thompson gone and Guliani fading fast but what about a certain canidate that goes by Ron Paul. He is the best option in both parties. The man is a strict constitutionalist and has the right ideas on immigration, iraq(How many other candidates voted against the war from the outset??) and especially the economy. In this defining moment, our country desperately needs a man like Ron Paul in office. No longer should America police the world and spend money on a foreign policy that is way out of line and far too expensive. Our currency should have a backing instead of it just being paper that can easily be manipulated by the Fed and government. The economy is desperate for change and my man Ron Paul can do just that. He can change this nation back to what it was, when we were the envy of the world. Ron Paul '08!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Milton

    Huckabee is OK but there's a much better candidate they don't want you to talk about. Just don't say his name or your post will be trashed. I see mention of McCain, Giuliani and Romney got through.

    January 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. athiest

    im not a relgious guy...but this Huckabee does seem to have good character. and a good realistic pla....i normally vote democrat..but hey..who knows..this time huckabee has my vote..

    January 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. martino

    Rus ; Sean ; Bill; and Glen are fat cats who say that they are conservatives but keep harping on taxes. I wonder why? Mike is conservative and brings something else the oval office has not seen in years--DECENCY !!!

    January 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Matthew

    Even if Duncan Hunter never got much support, everybody knows he is the real-deal when it comes to conservativism. He wouldn't sell out his values by giving an undeserved endorsement. This should put to rest all rumors that Huckabee isn't a "true conservative."

    January 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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