by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee picked up an endorsement from former competitor Duncan Hunter, a pro-life congressman from California. Hunter dropped out after the South Carolina vote following a respected but unsuccessful attempt to win the Republican nomination.
Hunter was considered one of the strongest pro-life candidates in the race as he opposes both abortion and embryonic stem cell research and has a 100 percent pro-life voting record.
"I got to know Governor Huckabee well on the campaign trail," Hunter said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"Mike Huckabee is a man of outstanding character and integrity. I saw that character over the last year of campaigning and was greatly impressed," Hunter added. "The other Republican candidates have many strengths and I wish them all well. My personal choice is Mike Huckabee."
Huckabee said he truly appreciated the support and hoped it would help him pick up more votes from pro-life advocates.
"I’m honored to have Duncan Hunter’s support. Over the past year, I have come to admire him on a personal and professional level," Huckabee said. "I look forward to having his support as our campaign continues to surge ahead to Super Tuesday and beyond."
Huckabee called on Hunter’s supporters as well as those of former Senator Fred Thompson, who also withdrew from the race, to join his campaign.
"As a true authentic conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I welcome their support,"Huckabee said.
Hunter spokesman Gary Becks told AP he didn’t know if Hunter planned to campaign with Governor Huckabee in Florida or Super Tuesday states.