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Huckabee Nabs Falwell Jr.'s Support

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee won the endorsement of Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late Christian Coalition founder, boosting further his efforts to woo evangelical voters and Christian conservatives in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The pair appeared Wednesday morning together at Liberty University, where the younger Falwell has taken over the presidency of the institution his father founded. A statement announcing the endorsement did not quote Falwell or give any reasons for his endorsement of Huckabee.

Huckabee said in the release that "I knew Jerry's dad for more than 30 years and have admired the long tradition of Liberty University and the legacy for creating 'Champions for Christ.' Dr. Falwell's vision of helping students to start with nothing to believe they can change the world is exactly what our campaign is all about."

The endorsement is the latest effort by Huckabee to build on what his campaign believes is its strength: the former Arkansas governor's appeal in the religious, evangelical community. Support within that community in Iowa has propelled Huckabee to a virtual tie with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the Hawkeye State.

But it is unclear how much impact the younger Falwell's endorsement will have. His father's influence in the political process had already waned before his death. And other major players in the conservative Christian community have splintered among the Republican candidates.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  November 28, 2007; 1:50 PM ET
 
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Falwell was a racist, narrow-minded, bigot who ran an enterprise with GOD as his CEO.

So what if Falwell Jr. endorses Huckabee? Who IS Falwell Jr., the heir apparent? Does he now take over that organization? What are his credentials other than the fact his father OWNED the BUSINESS?

And WHO is Huckabee? He is another "reverend" (ex) claiming NOW exalted status because he has been "blessed" by the Baptist, right-wing.

Who REALLY thinks Huckabee has a chance?

Posted by: looieR | November 28, 2007 7:50 PM | Report abuse

How would like that every drug deal or illegal activity in the United States to be taxed! All Illegal's will pay taxes day one! All foreigners who spend money in United States will pay for our Medicare, social security, medical benefits, and to support our defense instead of taxing our income. An influx of companies will return home base to United States and when you pick up a product from Wal-Mart it will again say made in USA.

"In god we trust" won't be changed to "America goes to the dust". Mike Huckabee won't let Iran send a nuke through your bedroom window in the next five years like the liberal pacifists. You couldn't ignore the Nazi's and you can not ignore Islamic fascism intent on destroying our lives. Grow up people die in this world and people are gathering in dark places that don't want you to breathe.

Vote for a Pastor that carries a big stick that's Mike Huckabee!

Posted by: sure_winner | November 28, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

In the rebuttal to negative posts about Mike's pardon (maybe the sheriff committed the rape and framed the man):

"A relative of Bill Clinton is raped. Wayne Dumond is arrested and imprisoned in the case. While awaiting sentencing, Dumond himself is sexually assaulted and castrated by two masked men. A local sheriff, later sentenced to 160 years for extortion and drug dealing, displays Dumond's testicles in a jar on his desk under a sign that read, 'That's what happens to people who fool around in my county.' A parole board, upon receiving new evidence of Dumond's innocence, will vote to release him after 4 1/2 years in prison. Governor Clinton -- according to the managing editor of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette -- stages a 'romping, stomping fit' and blocks the release." In another reference, we said, "As for Clinton, his character is formed in no small part on the idea of hegemonic liberty -- the presumption that because of his power his liberty is worth more than that of others. To those without power, the story can be quite different. For Paula Jones. Or for Wayne Dumond, who was wrongly accused in the 1984 rape of a Clinton relative."

"Dumond, who was eventually released and is now charged with murder in another case, was clearly the victim of an extraordinary injustice in the rape case. He was released on that basis and not upon an hypothesis concerning what might happen in the future.]"

Cited from http://prorev.com/whtwtru.htm


If somebody cut of my loins for a crime I did not commit I might snap and kill someone without the Lords' strong intervention. A second real crime does not relate to the first injustice. The real criminals were the sheriff and the Bill Clinton political machine in Arkansas.

Post for Christians tried of lying and misleading liberals,

Thomas Bell

Posted by: sure_winner | November 28, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

To my fellow Americans,

It is with great hope that I implore you to examine the strength and character of Mike Huckabee as he built of granite and smells like roses to me. He is strong yet sensitive, Kind yet courageous, flexible yet resilient in all of his speeches, public service, and his life as a pastor from all the evidence his is not a flip flopper but a real American who defends his positions. Mike is willing to stand firm on Honor, Justice and liberty issues while maintaining a firm commitment and understanding our relationship with God.

I am a Floridian voter whom would simply like to implore Americans give mike the boost he needs financially to put his campaign on equal footing with the "rich" can. Fear is not an option in relationship to losing or winning versus Hillary; only honor, duty, and character issues should determine who we as Republicans and Americans pick to head our party for the presidency. Mike Huckabee however in my opinion has the wit, common sense, and political style to defeat the "great liar" of the modern political stage Hilary Clinton.

Mike position on taxes called the fair tax system would revolutionize our country making it the most competitive nation on earth to have a business located in and would bring back millions of high paying jobs. It would over the course of a few years balance the budget, fund social security, and allow for the American people to propel themselves up to a higher standard of living. To fully understand the tax change a consumption based system would have on our society can not be explained in such a short posting however I ask every American to consider that every dollar foreigner spend in America, every dollar spent from illegal drugs, every dollar spend by foreigner to buy our land, our businesses, our property, our infrastructure, and our companies would pay taxes to support our country. The American people need to not continue to pay the taxes on the backs of their labor the taxes would come from the consumption of goods and services.

God Bless America and Iowa,

Thomas Bell
Registered Florida Republican

Posted by: sure_winner | November 28, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

So the son of an anti-American ideologue -- whose political influence had been declining even before he died -- has endorsed a political candidate? Right, okay, next.

Posted by: bearpaw01 | November 28, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

He should change his name to Mike Huckleberry, that he wouldn't have to explain what kind of guy he is or what he stands for.

Posted by: ebdavies | November 28, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Falwell did lasting good?
I guess if you're a hate mongerer.
Support from a Falwell is all the more reason not to support Huckabee.
It's time to ditch the christians vs the rest of us garbage and move on. You've seen what it's gotten us before; Bush Cheney, etc.

Posted by: 1FLWB2 | November 28, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

lanefiller,

that's actually a pretty amusing article. And just about what I would expect, although I would have figured him as a family pictures sort of guy.

Posted by: HokiePaul | November 28, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Iowa caucus finds former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with 28% of the vote, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney with 25% support, and everyone else far behind. National frontrunner Rudy Giuliani gets just 12% of the vote in Iowa at this time while former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson is the only other candidate in double digits at 11%.


In your opinion do you believe the Iowa Caucus is important or a true representation of national consensus?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1084

.

Posted by: PollM | November 28, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone interested in what Huckabee is really like face to face should try this funny (but it actually happened) column:
http://goupstate.us/index.php/lanefiller/2007/11/02/title_14

Posted by: lanefiller | November 28, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Falwell did much lasting good, but he was not the founder of the Christian Coalition.

Posted by: lvbrown | November 28, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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