VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. -- Mike Huckabee received the endorsement of longtime conservative activist Paul Weyrich, a former Romney supporter who called him this morning with the news.
"He called me first of all and initiated the conversation 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 and it involved everything from strong national defense to immigration to tax policy, the life question. There were many different reasons, and, you know, so obviously, this is good news for me. I appreciate it," Huckabee said.
He added that John McCain did not come up in the conversation, although, "he may have with some staff members" because other people visited with him after the phone call.
Asked how beneficial the endorsement would be since it hadn't helped Romney, Huckabee shrugged, "Well, but a lot of things didn't help Mitt Romney, including $100 million."
Huckabee said he hoped the endorsement would help win the support of voters in the three Mid-Atlantic primaries in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. tomorrow and he was "certainly grateful for it" because it gave him personal encouragement.
"He has been one of my political heroes and mentors, and I've admired his tenacity as a conservative stalwart," he said.