Huckabee Endorses Mitt Romney, Blasts Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 31, 2012   |   12:51PM   |   Washington, DC

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee today endorsed Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee to take on pro-abortion President Barack Obama in November.

“You know, you never have regret if you think you’ve done what’s right,” Huckabee said. “I am going to do everything I can humanly do for Mitt Romney to be the next president of the United States.”

“You know what? Four years ago, we were opponents in a race. This time we are on the same team to see a new direction for this country,” said Huckabee. “There’s a lot of things that happen when you are running with and against somebody in a primary, but it’s not about anything personal between Mitt Romney and me. It’s really about our country, and quite frankly, you know, Mitt has worked hard. He’s the nominee by having earned it. And he has my absolute and total and full support.”

“I’m voting for Mitt,” he said. “Look, Mitt’s going to be a good president, and I think when you look at what Obama has done and what Mitt Romney brings to the table in terms of being able to manage something, anything.

“For heaven’s sakes, he’s managed a state, he’s managed a significant capital enterprise, he’s managed a huge non-profit endeavor, the Olympics, and he’s done it all successfully,” Huckabee continued. “Barack Obama came to the office of president having managed nothing, not so much as a hot dog stand. And it shows, and this country is struggling because of it, so I’m quite optimistic that we’re going to have a much better four years ahead.”

“I am not nearly as concerned with where President Obama came from as I am in where he’s taking the country and its future. I’m less concerned about who his preacher was, far less so than I am about his wanting to shut your priest or your preacher up and keep them from expressing their God-held beliefs and views regarding the conscience of their soul and the convictions of their church,” Huckabee said.

Huckabee sat down with Newsmax, the conservative news source, to explain the thinking behind his endorsement.

“I made it very clear: ‘I’ll do everything that I can to vigorously support Mitt Romney because I think our country is at stake, and I believe his leadership would provide the right direction as opposed to what we’ve had for four years, which is the wrong direction,” he said.

“I was very careful and deliberate in not wanting to get involved in the process prior to somebody securing the nomination, largely because of the fact that I play on both radio and television,” explained Huckabee. “I didn’t feel like it was appropriate for me to pick one of several Republican candidates.”

“I don’t think anyone doubted that I was going to support the Republican. But Mitt Romney has now earned it — and I use that term very specifically,” said Huckabee. “He has earned the nomination. He worked hard to get it and therefore I think all Republicans and all conservatives need to rally around Gov. Romney.”



The former Arkansas governor, who is pro-life, also criticized Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion business, for attacking Romney.

Calling the organization a “ruse” and a “shameful industry,” Huckabee said that Planned Parenthood is primarily a profit-centered organization rather than a health organization.

“There’s nothing healthy about killing an unborn child. It’s very unhealthy to the child and it’s not necessarily healthy to the mother,” Huckabee said, citing threats to both the mother’s physical and mental well-being.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t tell the women that because they’re primarily not a health organization,” he explained. “They are a profit-centered organization that exploits women for their own profiteering.”

The nation’s biggest abortion business endorsed pro-abortion President Barack Obama and announced it will purchase $1.4 million in television advertising attacking the pro-life views of Mitt Romney.