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. Tom Masters

    This is sooo unimportant.

    Interesting that 'African-American' church leaders are coming to his support in droves, what about the white ones?

    This is a very dumb distinction.

    January 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. CKing

    Mike Huckabee is the one that can pull people from the middle together to actually get something done in Washington. Anyone who knows anything about politics knows that a President can have has many ideas as there are grains of sand but if he can't pull people together in congress from both sides of the isle – his ideas are dead in the water and NOTHING gets done. Huckabee has proved in Arkansas an overwhelmingly democratic state that he can actually get things done against the tide. The liberals say he's a wacked out Christian conservative and too conservative for their taste and the die hard elitists of the GOP who care more about money that morals think Huckabee is too liberal. When both party extremeists think the opposite of Huckabee that tells me he is right on! Get over the bigotry against Christians, America, and look at your own history! Go Huckabee!!

    January 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Natalee VA

    Gov. Huckabee and Rep. Hunter represent how our political leaders should be – straight talkers who don't change their core values and say anything just to get elected. Way to go, Gov. Huckabee!

    January 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Debbie, Michigan

    Thank you Rep. Hunter! God bless you! It's unfortunate people didn't get to know what an outstanding candidate you are and how strong you are on defense and anti-terrorism . California has a border fence – everyone else is wondering why the fence hasn't been built. How is it that you were able to get the job done, but the other states are still scratching their heads!
    Thanks for endorsing Gov. Huckabee – he is our last hope for a strong conservative president!

    January 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Andrew

    I met Duncan Hunter at the Texas Straw Poll in September. He is an honorable person with great integrity. His national security credentials cannot be questioned. If he thinks Mike Huckabee is the best out of the remaining candidates, that says something.

    Vote Huckabee!

    January 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Conservative Joe, Tampa, FL

    Huckabee is a big government conservative who is soft on illegals.

    Romney probably would have been endorsed by Hunter, but Romney's performance in Wyoming and Nevada basically derailed Hunter's strategy and knocked him out of the race, creating some jealousy.

    Romney is now up 5% in Florida on the latest Insider Advantage Poll matching the 5% in the latest Rasmussen Poll. He is also now a close second in California taking away a great majority of the Conservative votes.

    Go Romney in '08!

    January 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. RTM

    This is a great pickup for us Huckabee and Hunter people-way down here. A lot of these soul-less boobs out there in radioland are digging their own grave. The leftists have been trying to do Rush in for years. Funny how in the end Rush meets his own end in the hearts and minds of his former audience. Funny.

    January 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Kim

    So Cool--President and Vice.

    January 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. Spencer

    Hunter and Huckabee are on opposite ends of the Republican spectrum, I am baffled by the endorsement.

    Huckabee is charismatic and likable, but has made too many horrible decisions as Governor for me to support him. Also his 14 plus ethical investigations as Governor, and his covering up of his son hanging a dog incident, scream to me that the guy isn't to be trusted.

    January 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. MikeknaJ, Orange County CA

    Superb news for the Huckabee campaign. That and Thompson's exit from the race bode well for him, since McCain and Guliani will be splitting much of the same vote, and Romney is now aiming for the fiscal conservatives.

    It's funny how people keep knocking Huckabee as pro-amnesty (something that is completely untrue), yet he's now scored endorsements from Jim Gilchrist, the creator of the Minuteman, and Duncan "Border Fence" Hunter. Clearly Huckabee's critics need to look closer at the facts and not just the spin if those two guys can endorse him:

    January 23, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. DaveP

    What kind of license do you need to hunt duncans, anyway? Can you fry a duncan in a popcorn popper, like you can with squirrels?

    January 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Todd Wilmington, DE

    A complete nobody just endorsed a complete nobody.

    VOTE DEM IN 08!!

    January 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Karen

    Duncan Hunter is a great man! I'll have to check out Mike Huckabee a little closer . . . I've heard good things about him!

    January 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. M Harris Florida

    Hooray for Huckabee!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. Dale, Denver, CO

    If Duncan Hunter thinks Mike Huckabee will make such a good president, then I want a big ol' bowl of whatever Hunter's smokin'. Must be darn good stuff to get that kind of hallucination.

    January 23, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Mike

    Huckabee will be gone after Super Tuesday. He has no chance.
    I consider myself aconservative evangelical Christian.
    I will not vote for Huckabee under any circumstances.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    He raised taxes in Arkansas and tried his best to give in state tuition to illegals.
    He won't admit that either was a mistake, just evades the quiestion.
    He's thin skinned and naive.
    He's Jimmy Carter with pro life views.

    January 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. bobrocky

    This is great news for the Huckabee campaign. Hunter is widely admired and brings true conservative credentials in his support, especially on matters of trade, immigration and national defense. Huckabee is a great candidate, refreshing and a great conservative. He wants to abolish the IRS. You can't get more conservative than that!

    January 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I believe the second line in paragraph 2 should read Hunter.

    January 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. David

    what a loser!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. TexasTami

    No question, Mike Huckabee shines in this field of Republican candidates. His integrity, his wisdom, his vision for this country, his wit, his candor, his strength of character all make him a very compelling choice for president. Good choice, Mr. Hunter.

    January 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Doug

    Mike Huckabee? You do realize this is the same guy who does NOT believe in evolution right? How in the world are any of you supporting this clown?

    January 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. rs wood

    If Huckabee wasn't in the race, I and many others would have been Hunter supporters. He was a fine candidate but Huckabee shared many of his values and was just a much better communicator.

    If all you know of Huckabee is what his opponents say about him (including so-called conservative talk radio) you owe it to yourself to check out the facts on your own. This man could easily be our next President, and if he continues being marginalized by the establishment of the GOP, the Republican party will lose this next election, guaranteed. There is a growing resentment by social conservatives that the GOP don't really care about these issues–that they will abandon millions of unborn children and marriage if it will save them a percent or two on their taxes.

    The blinders are off now, and it changes everything.

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

    Duncan Hunter – Thank you for recognizing that Mike Huckabee is our best choice for President. With his communication skills and ability to connect with the common man, Huckabee is also our best choice to beat Hillary Clinton in November. Thanks again.

    January 23, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. v

    this is why America is going to the dogs....a lot of people in this great nation prefer to value immorality and selfishness instead of driving this nation to be people-centered and Christ-centered. God never sleeps and He will judge all this people and throw them out into the lake of fire for all eternity....Go Mike! We will be praying for you.

    January 23, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. John

    Hillary Clinton is a POLARIZING FIGURE in America...and as such, there is no chance she can unite this country...Democrats need to bear that in mind...

    Mike Huckabee is the one candidate who can pull our nation together...

    You don't get change with someone moving from the capitol to the white house (McCain). Or the white house to the capitol and back to the white house...Hillary. Common sense I think.


    Lou Dobbs on CNN was just talking about how the Elite Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same....why do you think the Dems mentioned McCain on the most viewed debate the other night? They WANT to run against McCain...not only do they know they'd beat McCain (Age issue, lack of charisma, etc.) But, they know that even if McCain did win, he wouldn't rock the liberal boat....BUSINESS AS USUAL!

    McCain does NOT inspire....neither does Clinton...frankly, HUCK and Obama are the only real inspirational speakers with the charisma to sway millions...and HUCK is the man with the right messages....

    MIKE HUCKABEE IN '08!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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