February 11th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Another conservative nod for Huckabee

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee received the endorsement of prominent conservative activist Paul Weyrich Monday.

Weyrich had previously backed former GOP contender Mitt Romney.

Huckabee said that Weyrich had made contact with him after Romney’s exit from the race and “indicated to me that he felt like I was the one guy that was left that was a true conservative that really believed things that mattered to a lot of conservatives.” He added that the activist had cited his stands on issues from national security and immigration to taxes and abortion.

Weyrich is the chairman of the Free Congress Foundation and a founder of the Moral Majority along with the late Jerry Falwell. The group was one of the largest political lobby groups for evangelical Christians, and helped deliver two-thirds of the evangelical vote to Ronald Reagan in the 1980 presidential election.

The former Arkansas governor said Weyrich had been “a mentor and a hero, and I have admired his tenacity as conservative stalwart.”

–CNN’s Alexander Marquardt and Emily Sherman

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Way to go Huckster... Hang in there...LOL

    February 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. chevy

    wouldnt it be funny if the Religion based guy comes back and trounces his enemy? i may support obama with all my heart, but if i was a republican huckabee would be my candidate.

    February 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. DC

    An Obama-Huckabee general election matchup. I'd love to see that. : )

    February 11, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Put Paul Weyrich is the same oxygen-wasting, sorry-excuse-for-a-human-being category as James Dobson and Gary Bauer. Why anyone listens to what these clowns have to say is beyond me.

    February 11, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. SteveM

    Keep fighting Huck. We elect governors to the presidency due to their experience in managing budgets, programs and people for example. Senators only manage their egos.
    Come on GOP, give us a choice for a change. Virginia, Maryland, look at McCains numbers, they are starting to drop. Vote for Huck and let the rest of us have a say in this election. Only Huckabee is experienced enough to take on the Dem. Go Huck in '08

    February 11, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Paul Weyrich who?

    hang on let me check his picture on google...........

    .... yep, another pale white guy who probably likes little boys.

    February 11, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. ben

    Somtimes I feel like the rooster who believes if he doesn't crow the sun won't come up, or maybe the old guy who definately believes that only you can prevent forest fires;and sits in front of his house with a fire extinguisher and a shot gun.
    I really don' have anything to say about Huckabee or Mccain. I am sure they are both good Americans.
    I just have fun writing and reading these blogs.
    I only have one objection. Is it really necessary to say mean ugly things about any candidate of either party just because you prefer the his or her opponent?
    Good grief, they are all good Americans.

    February 11, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Mark

    When Huckabee runs for President of the Southern Baptist Convention, he'll have my vote. He strikes me as an honest, engaging person. But do people really believe it's appropriate to have a Southern Baptist preacher in the White House? Seriously? We're going to amend the Constitution of the U.S. to conform to "God's law"? Holy moley.

    February 11, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Hananiel

    Should I be amazed at these comments I see above? 400 years after the pilgrims came to find freedom of religion, its sad to see the bigotry and persecution their descendants suffer – one would argue in a sense worse than what they experienced. While they opened the way for every adventurer and mercenary that has since profited from this "more perfect union" , yet they are grudged the very basic freedom afforded to every other person in these great United states. The freedom of belief – The atheist is free to believe and coerce, the Hindu , the Buddhist and even the Islamist and the Wiccans have their place. But the Christian is the vilest and most hated and feared of them all. His beliefs are anathema – a dangerous ideology, his representative is a "Huckster", the vilest of all human beings. I guess we shouldn't be surprised for when they hated Jesus their more perfect brother who did nothing wrong, history forecast the climate of things to come . We should remember to "Count it all joy" for soon these attacks will become worse – there will be worse disenfranchisement than we see now . This is nothing at all – there are countries where people are regularly maimed and beheaded for believing that Jesus is the Christ.

    February 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |