Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is mulling a second run at the White House, said his appearance in a video lauding U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for his support of Israel and commitment to fighting "radical Islam" was not an endorsement in the senator's heated race.
Huckabee, who came in second in South Carolina's 2008 GOP presidential preference primary, winning almost 30 percent of the vote to John McCain's 33 percent, was featured in a video paid for by the S.C. Conservative Action Alliance, which describes itself as a "policy and grassroots advocacy organization that promotes common-sense, conservative solutions to the nation’s toughest issues."
David Wilkins, former S.C. Speaker of the House and a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, is the chairman of that group.
"We agree with Governor Huckabee that this is not an endorsement," Wilkins said. "This organization only advocates on key conservative issues," but may praise conservatives for their positions on those issues, he added. "We don't endorse candidates, and we don't get involved in elections per se."
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In the video, which aired Wednesday during the Capital One Bowl game between the South Carolina and Wisconsin, Huckabee says, "Ronald Reagan's leadership brought down the Berlin Wall and crushed the Soviet empire. The enemy of our time is radical Islam. And there's a leader in South Carolina who knows what it takes to win. Lindsey Graham. He demands answers on Benghazi, backs our allies in Israel, and he fights for a strong national defense. Call Lindsey Graham and thank him for being a conservative champion for peace through strength."
Huckabee responded with a post on HuckPAC.com that neither he nor his PAC endorsed Graham:
"To be clear, I haven't endorsed Lindsey Graham for Senate. Last year, I voiced an ad thanking him for support of Israel. It was not an endorsement for his reelection. In fact, I don't plan to endorse anyone in SC Senate race in the primary but I will certainly help in the general election if asked."
Watch the S.C. Conservative Action Alliance video here: