Mike Huckabee endorses Nathan Deal in runoff race

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who won the 2008 presidential primary in Georgia, just issued his formal endorsement of Nathan Deal in the race for governor.

Though he doesn’t mention Deal’s rival, Karen Handel, by name, Huckabee expressed concern over the “negative tone” of the contest.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Associated Press

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Associated Press

A Huckabee spokesman said no personal trip to Georgia is planned at this time — though you can expect to hear Huckabee’s voice on robo-calls placed throughout the state.

We now have a full-on proxy war. Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney have sided with Handel. If only John McCain weren’t tied down by his own Arizona race.

Here’s what Huckabee said from Little Rock:

“Like many across the country I’ve been watching this race develop for some time; and as of late I’ve become increasingly concerned by the negative tone the race is taking.

“And today, I’m pleased to announce that Huck PAC and I proudly endorse Nathan Deal for Governor.

“I developed a relationship with Nathan while he was in Congress, and I was serving as Governor of Arkansas. Nathan was helping Governor’s nationwide fight the overreaching arm of the federal government. At the time, the federal government was forcing expensive Medicaid reform on states – but refusing to fund it. Nathan clearly understood that those federal mandates into healthcare would bankrupt states’ budgets, so he stood firm by the Governors and fought to protect the states.

“The only difference between the federal government’s overreaching arm then as compared to its overreaching arm now – is that now, it’s bigger, stronger and more arrogant. The power of the federal government has exploded in the past two years – and as the federal government grows increasingly intrusive, Nathan will continue protecting the rights of all Georgians.

“He wasn’t afraid of a fight then and he’s not afraid of a fight now. Nathan is battle tested – and that’s what Georgia needs now more than ever.

“As Georgia’s Governor, Nathan would not only support a Fair Tax, he’d champion it – having been a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax since its introduction to Congress. It was also important to me that a man I deeply respect, Georgia Congressman John Linder, also supports Nathan. The National Rifle Association and Georgia Right to Life have endorsed Nathan, and he believes marriage can only be defined as being between one man and one woman.

“Please join me in supporting Nathan Deal, let’s make him Georgia’s next Governor.”

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101 comments Add your comment

A Georgia Conservative

August 5th, 2010
4:51 pm

At the very least, we can give Gov. Huckabee credit that he actually knew Nathan Deal and previously worked with him before handing out an endorsement, unlike other endorsements we’ve seen come our way…

GA Voter

August 5th, 2010
4:55 pm

It’s nice to see such a fine Christian man supporting another Christian man! Even Mike Huckabee recognizes how negative a certain candidate has been. DEAL.REAL. ALL THE WAY!

Karen Walker

August 5th, 2010
4:55 pm

Mike Huckabee is a solid, Christian person. Of course he supported Mr. Deal.

James Hatcher

August 5th, 2010
4:57 pm

Agree with A Georgia Conservative. I am not a proponet of outside endorsements but at least Huckabee knows and has worked with Deal over several years.

bd

August 5th, 2010
4:59 pm

my “last straw” is Nathan deal is so corrupt we will have to add jail bars to the capital and mansion!

FultonRighty

August 5th, 2010
4:59 pm

Huckabee endorsing Deal makes sense–they know each other, share common values, principles, and Deal has such good experience. Palin endorsing someone she doesn’t know who is out of sync with her own views, is pragmatism and quid pro quo or sexism.

TS

August 5th, 2010
5:01 pm

Being Christian has nothing to do with it (separation of church and state?).. What is relevant is that is a great conservative and his word means alot, and his endorsement was well thought out.. Not like sarah palin who probably didnt know who Handel was except she was a woman and decided to endorse her.. I would vote dem before i would ever vote for palin she is a fool and and embarrassment to our party.. Deal 2010!!

TS

August 5th, 2010
5:01 pm

BD you are a fool..

annoying

August 5th, 2010
5:03 pm

I agree TS Sarah Palin is an idiot.. thats why she will never be more than a caterer to the far right and never see public office again..

[...] Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who won the 2008 presidential primary in Georgia,  just issued his formal endorsement of Nathan Deal in the race for governor. Though he doesn’t mention Deal’s rival, Karen Handel, by name, Huckabee expressed concern over the “negative tone” of the contest. Read more. [...]

curious

August 5th, 2010
5:12 pm

With unwavering support for 2 female Republican gubernatorial candidates, Sarah Palin’s credibility is facing a stress test that could undermine her run for the White House. In SC, Palin is backing Nicky Haley. In Ga, Palin is backing Karen Handel.
According to media reports, both candidates face unanswered questions that Palin seems to have ignored. Haley is facing allegations of affairs as well as a history of late tax payments. Did Palin question Haley or even bother to examine Handel’s experience and education or attempt to determine her qualification to lead millions of Georgians? Are the endorsements a woman thing in an attempt to lock up this demographic for Palin’s own political aspirations?
Some really powerful names are lining up behind Deal. If Handel loses in Ga, and Haley loses in SC, what does that tell voters about Palin’s judgment?

There is a sickness in GA

August 5th, 2010
5:14 pm

Wow, lots of hate for Sarah here. Is it because she didn’t endorse your favored candidate or is there some other reason. I am genuinely interested to hear what makes some conservatives love her and others hate her.

Marlboro Man

August 5th, 2010
5:20 pm

Huck the election loser pimp for fauxe news has NO influence with the thinking voters of GA. TS is a name caller – a defense mechanism.

Larry Craig

August 5th, 2010
5:21 pm

Sarah is dumb, who wants to go hunting with kate and her brood? Karen, you can have the red big boy pants. I need the blue ones.

Retired Soldier

August 5th, 2010
5:22 pm

Well done Huck.

Jules

August 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

Sarah Palin is a reality TV star – look at her family – maybe she needs to stay home more and take care of the screwed-up homefront……

Max

August 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

I’m a huge fan of Huckabee and I hate to disagree with him, but I will vote for Handel next week. I think she has the best chance of beating Barnes and stopping him from once again living on West Paces Ferry Road, which is the best thing we can do for our state. I wish Huckabee would have endorsed Jeff Chapman for the primary race. I think they both appeal to the populist wing of Georgia Conservatives.

swgaMAN

August 5th, 2010
5:24 pm

I want a governor that has a grasp of modern communication and computing. i.e. fire half of the state gov. workers because most of their work can be preformed thru automation. Handel at least understands that electronic voter machines eliminates fraud by poll workers and counters.

checktothepower

August 5th, 2010
5:27 pm

BIG SURPRISE,WORD ON THE STREET IS PALIN and ROMNEY are COMING!!

Mike

August 5th, 2010
5:28 pm

I agree with Max – I respect Mike Huckabee, but I’m not siding with him on this one.

jay

August 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

Me neither. Nathan Deal ia a racist. Ask any Afro american From Hall Co. They will tell you the same.

The Snark

August 5th, 2010
5:39 pm

I don’t give a damn what endorsements either of these people were able to get with their respective promises of support for future Presidential campaigns. I want to know who is qualified to manage state government. Neither of them is talking about that much.

GaBlue

August 5th, 2010
5:48 pm

Does Huck lie to his grandchildren too? “Grandpa, why do you want to be Governor?” ND: “Because the folks in Washington DC are spending too much money, and I want to fight back.”

BZZZZZZZZT! Wrong.

Raise your hand if you think the Governor’s job is to “fight” Washington, or if that’s why he wants it. BTW, as a Congressman, Mr. Deal did indeed have influence on spending in DC. So, why give it up? PANTS ON FIRE, GRANDPA!

GA Resident

August 5th, 2010
5:51 pm

Have any of you Deal supporters actually read the U.S. House Ethics Committee report on Nathan Deal? Go to http://oce.house.gov/disclosures/Review_No_09-1022_Referral_to_Standards.pdf and read it. Then tell me with a straight face how you can support someone like him.

I tell ya’, Georgia will never progress beyond what it’s got today if the voters here can’t break the failure chain of corruption and cronyism, and instead put hard-working people in the places where it counts. A guy like Deal doesn’t belong in the Governor’s seat, he’s not a hard worker, he’s as crooked as a stick in water… and not-so-bright for being so transparent in his immoral dealings.

Granny T

August 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

Max,
When were the last polls done? What makes you think Handel has a better chance against Barnes? The last Rasmussen poll I saw – from July 22 – showed differently. It had Handel 45% vs Barnes 44% compared to Deal 49% vs.Deal 43%. You might want to reconsider if beating the Democrats is really your goal.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/georgia/election_2010_georgia_governor

Granny T

August 5th, 2010
5:53 pm

Sorry, I meant Deal 49% vs Barnes 43%

Max

August 5th, 2010
6:07 pm

Granny T, I believe in November, there could be a sizable crossover vote for Handel from moderate to conservative female democrats. I don’t think Deal could get as many crossover votes.

Granny T

August 5th, 2010
6:12 pm

Max,
From the article at Rasmussen linked above:

“Roughly half of Georgia voters describe each candidate’s political views as mainstream. Thirty-one percent (31%) consider Handel’s views extreme, 28% say the same about Barnes, and 26% hold that opinion of Deal.”

If more people think Handel’s views are extreme than Deal; how does your logic hold up?

Fred

August 5th, 2010
6:19 pm

Funny that Romney has endorsed Karen Handel – after all, his Massachusetts health care plan was the template for Obama care and it is going to break Georgia. Way to go Karen!

Bob Morris

August 5th, 2010
7:15 pm

Since most of you seem to have great respect for Huck, look at his endorsements in two congressional races, Congressman Tom Graves who recently won Nathan Deal’s seat and Rob Woodall for the seat of my favorite Congressman, retiring John Linder. I wish John had run for Governor.

JesusFreak

August 5th, 2010
7:35 pm

Have to admit that I’m really stumped by this race – I keep learning more about both candidates and really don’t like either 100% so it’s going to be the lesser of the evils…. Not sure what to make of the Log Cabin contribution by Handel, and other unsavory ties, or is it just mudslinging and only half-truths? Deal has his issues as well. Help, voting genie! ;-)

Allen

August 5th, 2010
7:38 pm

Does anyone care what third party folks say about a candidate? I mean get real!!!! what a waste of time and money….and I am not just talking about one candidate rather both

TS

August 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

im a name caller for calling someone a fool? its more of an adjective, which is my opinion.. no idiotic name calling..

Moderate Voter Here

August 5th, 2010
7:44 pm

Deal is corrupt. Huckabee is a preacher who should stay in a church. I could care less what he thinks. He LOST. HE WILL NOT BE BACK. Come on Karen. Let’s get the Rs moved to the middle instead of falling off the edge of the earth with all of their radical followers.

Moderate Voter Here

August 5th, 2010
7:49 pm

Just noticed post from Jesus Freak. He noted that Handel had donation from Log Cabin Rs. So what. Deal has support from Sadie Fields. That burns me. She can’t even communicate with her own daughter. Sad. Sadie is about as unsavory as you can get for a moderate. I don’t need HER religion nor yours. Gays. Abortion. None of that should be political. Let’s worry about education, jobs and such. Sounds like Jesus Freak and others vote on issues that really do NOT affect the public at large. Think about that…if you can! Let’s see…gay marriage has been in MA for some four or five years. Has the world fallen apart? Is traditional marriage crumbling because of that? Gosh, I think not. Idiots vote as they are told to do by other idiots. Learn. Read.

WestOfAthens

August 5th, 2010
8:08 pm

Well good for him, even though it may not matter.
Endorsements acquire few and far between

WestOfAthens

August 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

Moderate Voter?

As they are told? And then dictate to “learn” “read”?
Does that make you a hypocrite?

Dave

August 5th, 2010
8:13 pm

I voted for Huck, but I voted for the only Republican who hasn’t used their “public service” for their own enrichment and the only one that can defeat King Roy. The reason she can defeat him and not Deal is because Deal will be shown to be the crook that he is.

WestOfAthens

August 5th, 2010
8:16 pm

Wow, astonished at all the hate tossed Deal’s way.

The oddity is, he may be the only one who can defeat Roy come November.
And i’m a Southern Democrat. Divulge that one..

Rich

August 5th, 2010
8:19 pm

bigot homophobe.

Bobby

August 5th, 2010
8:22 pm

What a pair. Huckabee, the hypocritical Baptist Preacher and the morally corrupt Nathan Deal in the same bed together. And some people like to think gays are a problem.

Z

August 5th, 2010
8:27 pm

Good Gawd, When are we going to have someone run for office that is NOT Ethically challenged. The self serving Republicans have practically destroyed this Country and State and how people can still vote for these Fearing NO Gawd Radical Republicans is beyond me. Being a Christian means nothing to them. It’s like slide of hand…game. Fool me once, shame on them, fool me twice, SHAME ON ME.. Why do people vote against their own self interest. Watch, read and listen to anyone OTHER THAN FAUX NUES, or the Rush wannabes out there. Seek and ye shall find, the Truth. FAUX NUES, owned by an x Austrian and a Saudi Prince. Do they have this Country in their hearts, NOPE I don’t think so.

JesusFreak

August 5th, 2010
8:32 pm

@ Moderate Voter Here – you know, the world is falling apart, little by little. The more gay “marriage” is shoved down America’s throat, the more troubled youth we will see. Think back to what society was like just 50 years ago. Now we have kids without a conscience, killing strangers, their classmates, teachers, and themselves at an alarming rate. They are without direction, without morals. Anything goes in today’s society, with people deciding for themselves what is wrong or right. Question: a man down the road thinks he is a “good person.” By whose standards? Mother Teresa’s or Hitler’s? Society is going to have more and more turmoil and unrest because children are being raised not only in broken homes (sad situation), but in perverse households not meant to procreate because that takes a man and a woman (sadder situation still). Traditional marriages may not crumble because of what various states vote in favor of, but society as a whole is and will continue to degenerate. Just look at the crime stats, look at the problems per the school records, and social workers’ logs. Then think back to when there was shame associated with an abnormal lifestyle. Just saying.

Z

August 5th, 2010
8:34 pm

Exactly, Two pea’s in a pod, Deal and Ick A Bee.

GreatATLGuy

August 5th, 2010
8:35 pm

Nathan Deal is an absolute bigot full of hate. A vote for Nathan is a vote for hate and discord. His latest ad suggests that gays are not as important as straights. Go to hell, Nathan! Stay in your Gainesville bubble and live in 1955, you are disgusting.

tommysimms

August 5th, 2010
8:37 pm

What a joke. Deal is in the pocket of Gainesville’s own, Big Jim Walters. He is a party switcher and is going to have to answer for his ethics violations of padding his own pockets at the tax payer’s expense. Hope he gets indicted for this little stunt.

No Longer Republican

August 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

Still not hearing ANYTHING form Handel or Deal about how they are going to fix the mess Sonny and the republicans have made. The reason we are in this situation is stupid people vote on one issue that their backwoods preacher told them to. I know, I’ve been there. When are Georgians going to wake up and realize that a person is not qualified to govern just because they have the same thoughts on a particular social issue. We need a leader who will tackle the real problems facing Georgia right now. Neither Deal nor Handel have said much about that. All they can talk about is abortion and gay marriage because they know the right wing nut jobs will vote on one or two issues that don’t make a damn bit of difference in the every day lives of most Georgians. But it will get them votes. And so the crap continues. Georgia will continue to lag in economics, job creation, education, health care and so forth. All so people can continue to spread their hate of people who may think or act differently than them. Get over it people! Some people are gay (by the way if you haven’t heard, they were born that way) and tow some people choose to have an abortion. It is their decision and they have to deal with that, not you.

NOTSO FAST

August 5th, 2010
8:56 pm

You would think that we could have somebody running that we could be proud of. I will have a hard time voting for either. WE don’t need another politician telling us who we need. Mr Deal has not explain the charges against him and Mrs Handel just tells us how bad Deal is but very little on the positive side. Is it to late to get somebody else to run??

JLW

August 5th, 2010
8:57 pm

Bobby wrote:
“What a pair. Huckabee, the hypocritical Baptist Preacher and the morally corrupt Nathan Deal in the same bed together. And some people like to think gays are a problem.”

Whoa! Wait just a minute, Bobby. Who’s beds do you suppose that Handel and Palin have been sleeping in? In addition to their political sleeping partners, it seems to me that, once upon a time, Handel was shown to have been a card-carrying member of Log Cabin Republican orginization to boot.

GreatATLGuy

August 5th, 2010
9:05 pm

Hey No Longer Republican — thank God you came to your senses! I was in shock after I heard Deal’s latest commercial tonight, so chock full of hate and none of the issues. It will be a sad day in GA if Deal even wins dog catcher. I called his campaign to complain about the commercial and a staff person told me Nathan didn’t sanction the and may not have known about it, can you believe that? I am freaking out over this backwoods imbecile who abused his power while in office to line his pockets, and now he a viable candidate for governor. If he gets elected I will be convinced that most of Georgia are inbred with a collective IQ of 68.