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. Rick

    I read many blogs when studying the candidates, and one thing I notice is how positive and courteous Huckabee supporters are, and how rude and negative Huckabee rejectors are. From that standpoint, I think I'm leaning towards Mike Huckabee. I suppose that makes me a target for rude and negative comments!

    January 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Nashville, TN

    Huckabee is a RINO and an advocate for scholarships for illegal aliens. He panders to social conservatives when his policies all indicate that he is left of moderate. His record as governor of Arkansas proves that Bill Clinton was for the most part more conservative than Huckabee... after all, Huckabee raised taxes by about 500 million without spending caps and continues to support a National ID card for illegal aliens... which further legitimizes them by using tax payer funds to grant ID cards to people who don't belong here in the first place.

    I wonder what Hunter's angel is here.

    I'm freaking voting for Ron Paul because he's the only candidate advocating the removal of illegal aliens from our welfare system! Approximately 338.3 billion dollars a year in welfare benefits to illegals must stop!!! Then they'll go back home! Plus Paul is pro-fence!

    January 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    Well this is just nuts! Why don't you endorse a stump in the ground.

    I endorse Romney!!!! My endorsement makes sense, but Huckabee? Are you kidding me!

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Robert

    Hunter is such as respected man.

    I talked with people this last week in some of the main camps and they all really liked Hunter and thought hightly of him. This endorsement could help Huckabee is California and along those who want to see the border secured and fair trade for America.

    I expected this endorsement as Hunter and Huckabee are similar on almost every issue. They both support the FairTax as well.

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Harvey

    Hunter KNOWS the border situation better than the elite snobbish repubs. Go Mike!

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Jim Flynt

    This is a major pick-up for Mike. This shows Mike is a true conservative.

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. MC

    God, please save us from Huckabee

    January 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Joan Cromer

    Thanks Duncan Hunter, you GET IT! GO MIKE GO!!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Cliff, Arkansas

    Mr. Hunter may not have had much support, but he has now proven he has great wisdom and insight. He is now endorsing the ONLY TRUE CONSERVATIVE in the race. Now if only Rush, Sean, Ann, and all the other Republican elites would wise up and be willing to admit they've been wrong (fat chance) they'd endorse Mike too.

    January 23, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. john

    Duncan Hunter wants Hucksterby? What flavor Kool-Aid are you on, Dunc?

    January 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    I hope Huckabee gets the Republican nomination. It is easier for the Democrats to win the white house when they are running against someone that is insane and regressive–fair tax, aligning the constitution with the word of God, keeping women subservient to their husbands, equating homosexuality with beastiality....take your pick. He's a nutter. It's hard to find someone more socially conservative than Huck that wasn't born in the 14th century.

    January 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Janice J. SC

    Mike is the man! Simply the best candidate out there for the many reasons as Rep. Duncan Hunter stated. He can and will win this election and our country will be a better place for it!

    January 23, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Doug Missouri

    I was one of the die-hard Hunter supporters. Too bad he was ignored by the Hollywood Media AND his party. I'm dissappointed that he didn't endorse McCain, another Viet Vet.

    January 23, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. Josh

    Huckabee is a a bible beater. He forces his views on others even if it contradicts the constitution. (for example, when he was asked a question in the recent debate about the war issues). I'm a Christian, and I know the only thing Huckabee is running on is his religion. He will raise taxes as president. Whether he raises sales tax and lowers some other tax, we will still be over taxed. And this war will keep going on. We will be doing "good" in other countries, while ours falls apart.

    January 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Russ

    Huckabee is way too much of a Jesus freak for me. His lack of of a cooperation with Democrats will put us where we are right now with Dubbya. Shouldn't people who are smart enough to use a computer be smart enough to vote for someone who can help mend this nation, like Obama or McCain - true bipartisans?

    January 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Eric

    Doug...do you really believe in evolution? I guess you were there and must be a scientist. Actually you probably just believe whatever your teacher or your book told you! I guess that makes you smarter and wiser than anybody else out there. Open your eyes Doug.

    January 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Josh Chancey

    It's funny that Mike Huckabee has all these supporters, yet he's going broke. This just shows how he will act in the white house. Overspending, and people who like him but don't trust him with their money.

    January 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Duncan Hunter is an honest, good man. I believe Huckabee is also. And those who know them more closely say the same thing. Zig Ziglar endorsed Huckabee with a video on YouTube. Same for Tim LeHay.

    Huckabee's opponents say the same thing also – Democrat Sen. Bradley just commended him yesterday, Bill Clinton said at the MLK ceremony that there was "nothing on which we agree, but he's a good man". John McCain says the same thing, as does Giuliani.

    The only exceptions seem to be Mitt Romney and his supporters (Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, etc). Duncan Hunter rightly pointed out yesterday that he would NOT support Romney since one of Romney's companies is partnering with a Chinese company to take MILITARY production to China!

    Fred Thompson was also in attack mode - also for obvious partisan reasons. He strongly supported McCain in 2000 and in effect did the same in South Carolina. Thompson's supporters are conservative, but I don't see that in Thompson's record of support for McCain-Feingold, opposition to tort reform, etc. It'll be interesting to see if he openly continues his support for McCain.

    Huckabee, unlike McCain, Romney, Giuliani and Paul, is a committed social conservative on issues like life and marriage (Paul has always opposed doing anything top stop abortion other than funding – which is the failed GOP reaction for 35 years). He is also fiscally conservative, raising taxes 1/20 of what Reagan did and that was 10 years of Huckabee and compared to the first year of Reagan. No other executive has fought tax increases in a Democrat state as effectively and ingeniously – at one time creating a "tax me more" fund for those who thought taxes and government spending should be higher. Education went from 49th to 8th.

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Samantha

    I agree Mike! It’s not a big surprise that Hunter has endorsed Huckabee and brought with it only a handful votes. Huckabee will most likely lose in Florida and if he's lucky he might pick up two or three states on Super Tuesday, but that's about it. Huckabee seems like a good man, but he opened his idiotic mouth too in South Carolina.

    January 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Paul

    That shows that Mike Huckabee is the one conservative left! We need a President like our Founding Fathers–one who believes in the Creator and fears God, depending upon Him! My vote is for Mike Huckabee!

    January 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Bryan

    Not sure why this is news. Maybe because he did register < 1% of the votes so far. Maybe that's why CNN thought we'd all be interested in his opinion.

    January 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Harvey

    Hunter knows the border situation better than any of the elite snobbish repubs. Go Mike!

    January 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. ted

    How can anyone say the Huckster is a man of intergrity. He had numerous ethical violations in Arkansas. He took the state plane to private speeches that he received money for while gov. He destroyed goverment owned hardrives when leaving office. He has his surrogates attack fellow candidates while smiling and saying he is running a positve campaign. He is not a conservative look at his tax stances, look how he was for a national smoking ban until switching in S.C. He was also is favor of lifting the Cuba trade embargo until he switch when he realized that was a bad position to have in Florida.

    January 23, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. TexasTami

    To Mike: your post amused me, on a slow day for political news. Mike Huckabee cut taxes over 94 times. A "Jimmy Carter" would never have cut taxes, even once. The in-state tuition? You're wrong. He never wanted in-state tuition for children of illegals. He wanted scholarships for those children of illegals who had been through the school system, made excellent grades, and QUALIFIED for state scholarships. He didn't think the actions of their parents should keep these kids from becoming tax payers, instead of tax takers. Neither of his positions were mistakes. He helped move Arkansas schools (under a court order to increase spending $500 million) from #49 when he became governor to #8. That's very impressive.

    January 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. leo66

    Mike; you call yourself a conservative christian evangelical, is not the root of christianity CHRIST? Reread everything you stand for and try to imagine CHRIST's position.

    January 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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