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. dean

    Wow what a lame thing to do. I really think less of Duncan Hunter now. He supports TAX HIKE MIKE ....................... well i think i am going to go and support Ron Paul now.

    January 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Amy

    This is good news for Governor Huckabee, and makes me respect Duncan Hunter even more because he recognizes who is truly the strongest and most conservative candidate in this field. No one has put out a more comprehensive immigration plan than Huckabee has in his 9-point "Secure America Plan." Mike Huckabee also has the ability to be our most effective leader in the area of national security, because he has the communication abilities to explain to people the true theocratic nature of Islmic terrorism, and I believe will be able to bring people to understand why this issue is so important.

    Thanks Congressman Hunter. Go Mike!!

    January 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Jack

    The dems and media are still talking up the Huckster and other losers. Today Huck is polling 4th in Florida. The Huckster will be out after Florida so why waste a vote.
    A vote for McCain or the Huckster is a vote for the Democrats and economic & international failure the next four years.
    Romney is a moderate conservative across the board. He is smart on the economy, opposes amnesty, is pro-family, and is intelligent enough to handle the war and not quickly leave after we have won.

    January 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Greg

    Joy....you and kind should stop with grade school name fun. It belongs in High School and brings no integrity to your arguements.

    January 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  5. dean

    Wow what a lame thing to do. I really think less of Duncan Hunter now. He supports TAX HIKE MIKE ....................... well i think i am going to go and support Ron Paul now.

    January 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Dennis

    EXCELLENT ENDORSEMENT – My two choices from the very beginning have been Mike Huckabee and Duncan Hunter. They both completely understand the seriousness of the problems we face, and Duncan Hunter understands that of the candidates remaining in the race, Mike Huckabee has the most Comprehensive, well thought out plans and ideas for dealing with those issues. Not to mention...as he said...being the Man of Character and Integrity that Mike Huckabee is, makes him the right choice.
    The Radio Talk Show talking heads and the mis-guided "talk show conservatives" need to give Mike Huckabee's record an HONEST look, rather than listening to the Blathering idiocy that comes from these guys. Once they do they will find that they've been mis-lead to believe that Huckabee is some kind of Moderate, etc., when in FACT Mike Huckabee is BY FAR the most Conservative candidate running in this race...and not just socially conservative. His Economic and Tax proposals are truly the only radical, TRULY Conservative, long term policies, that will help to avoid the financial disasters that are heading our way.
    Personally I'm so conservative that I'd almost be considered Libertarian...in fact I call myself a Libertublican, so there's no way I would vote for John McCain, or any Democrat.....but with Mike Huckabee, Rush and others just plain HAVE IT WRONG!! I've listened to Rush Limbaugh for 18+ years and have agreed with him most of the time, but you only have to listen to him for a short time to hear that his opinions of Mike Huckabee are completely off base and biased. All you have to do is compare Mike Huckabee's 10+ years as Governor vs. Mitt Romney's 4 years as Governor, and you can clearly see who was the more conservative....or at BEST for Mitt Romney's sake...you'd have to say that it was fairly even. And YET Limbaugh spends 3 hour shows..day after day...week after week, completely trashing Mike Huckabee, using half truths or limited details to make sure his point is driven home. Unfortunately, I've lost alot of respect for Rush over the past few weeks, had he maintained an un-biased approach to ALL of the candidates until the field had been whittled down to the last 2 or 3, or even until the convention, the party and Rush himself would have been in a much better position, but Rush, Glenn Beck, and many of the other Bain Capital, Clear Channel, "Mitt Romney-ites" or "Giuliani'sts, have decided to play their hands and therefore may have caused the kind of rift in the Republican base that may cause us to lose the election in 2008....which would be a catastrophe.

    January 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. John

    For Doug

    Natural selection is fact. Conclusive proof exists to prove it. Evolution is pure theory. No conclusive proof exists to prove it and the lack of specific evidence that should exist strongly disprove it. Do you know what a transitional species is and do you understand why even Darwin said the lack of them (even to this day) makes the THEORY of evolution highly suspect. Their are over 100 scientific indicators that the earth is young (less than 100,000 years). Their are 5 scientific indicators that the earth is old (billions of years). Look up uniformitarinism, study a little palentology, do a little (or lot) of true "scientific" research and then make intelligent statements about evolution and natural selection not clownish ones like a person with a Bachelors degree in political science.

    January 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. Mary

    Mike Huckabee is the man for the job! Thanks to Duncan Hunter for supporting Mike Huckabee.

    January 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Chris

    Well I've been reading these comments and it seems to be many of you don't understand, you can't say someone is the wrong candidate or the right candidate because that is your opinion and thank God we live in a country where you can have your own opinion. Now your opinion is just as important as any other's so you can't just immiedietly say you're right. I am not endorsing anyone at the current moment for many reasons. I don't like Huckabee's tax plan, I don't like Romney because I don't believe in the fact of having multiple wives I consider that cheating, Giuliani has some Democratic views, if McCain were elected he will have been our oldest president so its more based on who he chooses as a vice president if you catch my drift, and democrats are pro abortion I mean come on, you never know who that baby could grow up to be or what that baby could do for the world so yeah that's my opiniong and I'm not instanly right.

    January 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. K. Wilkinson

    Way to go Duncan, endorse Mr. Congeniality instead of a candidate who is worthwhile. How bout that character. Huckabee the bigot, Huckabee the flip flopper, Huckabee the panderer, Huckabee the best friend to illegals until it didn’t set well with his campaign when he did an about face. That would make him Huckabee the liar. Huckabee Mr.,” Here are the negative campaign adds that I won’t show cause I’m running a clean campaign”.

    Duncan Hunter-What an idiot!

    January 23, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. Nathan AK

    Very graciously put, Mr. Hunter.
    Despite the misleading comments from the opposition, Huckabee is in a close race, with some gallup poles showing him in first place nationally. He is in second place as far as delegates, and each state from this point on in the race has the potential to rearrange the standings. Mike is poised to take Florida, and is dominating local support in many other states already. I anticipate by the weekend, Mike will be in first place nationally as well as in the gallup poles. It is ludicrous to start calling the winner 10% into the race as some would do, but I DO look forward to Mike's nomination and am working toward that goal! Way to go Huckabee, and thank you Duncan Hunter!

    January 23, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. Bill, Arkansas

    Gov. Huckabee will be good for America like he was for Arkansas. I drive AR roads every day. I see the improvements. I didn't notice a tax increase. The roads were paid for through a fuel tax that wasn't that much. Our gas was still cheaper than surrounding states. He had enemies in AR (Democrats) that tried to smear his record every time he was up for election / re-election. It didn't work. The voters got to know him, and trust him.

    January 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Aiken, S.C.

    What an honor to gain Rep. Hunter's endorsement. He is a fine American who also has alot of integrity. As someone who was so strong on border security for the state of California, and on national defense, I think it speaks volumes that he would support Governor Huckabee. Like many of us, when you take the time to really hear what Mike has to say about all the issues, you learn what a bright mind he has. I believe he is the only one of all the candidates, Dems or Reps.who can bring opposing sides together. He listens to the other person's veiwpoint and comes up with a third alternative that both sides can live with. That is why he was able to accomplish so many positive things for his own state. It takes a former governor to have the necessary experience to run the country. The Senators in Washington haven't been able to get anything done. They are too out of touch with the average citizen in the rest of the country, and all they want is to keep getting re-elected for all the perks – the salaries and pensions.
    Many thanks to Rep. Hunter. Excellent choice! Please just take a look at Gov. Huckabee's website and learn more about him before you count him out. I am proud to support such an outstanding leader.

    January 23, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Jim

    Tell Huckabee to go Suckabee....

    I will actively campaign against any candidate such as Huckabee who "wants to preach his crap" to everyone in the country and believes that is a legitimate mean for even amending the constitution.

    People should fear this guy.

    Go Everyone Else!

    January 23, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Joseph H

    Duncan Hunter's endorsement of conservative candidate Mike Huckabee is nothing, because Hunter was polling marginal numbers anyways.
    Huckabee's senior level staff are working without pay, just like Giuliani's.
    Both will be out soon enough, don't fret none.
    That will leave Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and John McCain.
    Ron Paul is the only candidate who can beat Hillary, the likely Democratic party nominee. No one was even talking about the Constitution and preserving its intent and principles in the GOP debates until he brought it up.
    Mitt Romney won't attract the evangelical vote- this is an important voter segment for any GOP candidate.
    John McCain would be annihilated by Hillary- he's already stated that this country could be in Iraq for another century, although he didn't say how he would pay for it. Put Romney or McCain in front of the voters, and you will guarantee a Democratic president in 2008, regardless of who the Dems have on their ticket.
    America is tired of the Iraq War and while our country slides further into economic hardship, the so-called GOP "front runners" have no idea of what Americans want.
    By the way..."Roe" from Roe v. Wade this week has endorsed Ron Paul for president.

    January 23, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Ron

    Just wanted you to know that I support Mitt Romney. I wouldn't care whether he was a evangelical (what does that mean?) or a Mormon. I've known alot of good Mormon people, and Romney doesn't appear to be any different from them. Go Mitt!

    January 23, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. B. Payne

    With Thompson out and Hunter endorsing Mike, there's only one true conservative left in the race: Mike Huckabee. This more than compensates for the South Carolina loss, and puts Huckabee in perfect position to win the solid South, since he's the only mainstream candidate who's both conservative and Southern (Ron Paul is from Texas, but he's an isolationist conspiracy theorist radical with approximately NO CHANCE of winning). Whoever thinks Huckabee is dead needs to look at his website: since Thompson and Hunter dropped out, his donations are picking up. Don't be surprised if he does better than expected in Florida and takes more than a little of the South! He may not be able to get a majority of delegates, but he could get a plurality, or at least enough to get himself a veep spot. It's not over yet.

    January 23, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Texarkana

    You know what, Huckabee can win the election, and I am very glad that Duncan Hunter endorsed him. He is the best conservative candidate in the field, and has great moral values to boot. He has been totally undermined by the conservative talk media (that I normally like and agree with), but in this case they are way off target. I am from Arkansas and have zero complaints about this man. He has improved the schools and the roads as he said. As for the evolution comments made above by Doug......so you believe in evolution, huh? How can you look at this earth and every living thing in it, on it and above it and not believe this was all created by God the Father? Clown? Doug, your public school system has made you the Clown.

    January 23, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Nate

    Ted, all of those ethics violation accusations were investigated and found to be frivolous. They were all dirty partisan attempts to discredit the republican governor that was reelected twice in what was previously a democratic controlled state. Many pull articles from the Arkansas Times as if they are news articles. Little do they know that the Arkansas Times is not a newspaper it is a left wing opinion based "alternative news source" (tabloid). The fact that his opponents are deciding to rehash accusations that were already investigated and found frivolous shows they are as foolish and petty as those who original concocted the fictional tales.

    January 23, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. Sebastian , Germany

    Yup that´s it! Better a president Huckabee, than two democrates who can´t behave themselves in public and by the way support the murder of innocent unborn babies.

    January 23, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. J, El Cajon,CA

    Thank you Mr. Hunter...you are my Rep. here in CA and are highly regarded. This is awesome!! For those of you who don't know Huckabee, check out mikehuckabee.com and fairtax.org you'll quickly learn WHY HUCKABEE!!

    January 23, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. sammo93

    I was a Hunter supporter and I am astounded that he endorsed the Huckster whose record in Arkansas was that he was an ILLEGAL Aliens very best friend. And was still able to raise taxes at the same time.

    I am amazed at people who totally buy his Elmer Gantry engaging personality and appearance of sincerity. Check his record because that tells the truth. He said anything to get elected in AR and then did the exact opposite of what he had promised. But, like Clinton, all the complaints were handled with "you must have misunderstood what I said".

    For all our sakes, do not select a candidate on a smile, snake oil, and personality. Judge every one of them on their proven record of their actions, NOT on the flimsy promises they make. Bush promised a small government, fiscal responsibility, no empire building. Does that sound familiar? Wake up and check the facts....not the fairy tale.

    January 23, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Brant

    I don't believe Huckabee is a bigot or religous nutcake.

    I think before people judge the Huckster they need to take a look at themselves.

    GO HUCK!!!

    January 23, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Texarkana

    Mr. Huckabee needs all you Fred Thompson supporters on his side. In reality, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Huckabee have very similar views on alot of issues in this country....Thompson supporters please get behind Huckabee!!

    January 23, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  25. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    Oh boy, another seat warmer for Huckabee's pew.

    January 23, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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