GOP hopefuls really want that Tebow endorsement

posted at 3:05 pm on January 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

No doubt about it, the GOP presidential candidates have Tebowmania. Every candidate except Jon Huntsman has at one time or another made a reference to Tebow or had such a reference made for him by a supporter. Often, those references amount to straight-up comparisons. You know, “Tim Tebow’s success was unexpected and so shall mine be.” That sort of comparison.

Apparently, they weren’t just talking for the sake of talking; a number of the candidates have explicitly asked Tebow for his endorsement, the quarterback told the Associated Press Sunday. Which candidates? The Mile High Messiah won’t say. But it doesn’t look like anyone will be able to tout the endorsement of America’s favorite athlete anytime soon:

He declined their offers. …

“I think you have to have so much trust in who you support, just from product endorsements to endorsing a candidate,” Tebow said, “because if that person or company does something [bad], it reflects on you.”

Tebow is staying mum, making the identity of his Republican political suitors the inside-the-beltway guessing game of the week.

Would it even matter? Would a Tebow endorsement of Rick Perry, for example, enable the Texas governor to leapfrog Romney, Gingrich and Santorum to win South Carolina? Probably not. But endorsements are a little like baseball cards; they’re fun to collect. They’re also something to brag about long after the primaries are over. “Maybe I didn’t win the nomination, but at least I earned Tim Tebow’s support.”

Keep praying, candidates! Or, better yet, stop asking for Tebow’s endorsement and start asking for his prayers instead.


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Kid’s smart to stay out of it.

rbj on January 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Tim should trust the candidates only as far as he can throw them. Oh, wait…

Archivarix on January 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I’m so glad to hear Tebow didn’t make a simple mistake like that…

Especially since he’s going to need every single second of concentration if he wants the smallest slightest glimmer of a hope at downing the Patriots again this season.

angelwing34215 on January 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I think at the next debate, all candidates should ‘Tebow’ before they start. Poor AP’s head would explode. :)

michaelo on January 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM

A White Bronco hasn’t caused this much ruckus since the OJ Simpson car chase.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I combined two thoughts, “not losing to the Patriots again this season” and “downing the Patriots”. Oops…

angelwing34215 on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

They would all do better to emulate his character rather than seek his endorsement.

bRight & Early on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Step away from politics …… Gracefully .

Lucano on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Alright, this is just getting amazingly stupid and insipid.

WealthofNations on January 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

GOP hopefuls really want that Tebow endorsement

Jesus Take The Wheel

Dr Evil on January 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Kid’s smart to stay out of it.

rbj on January 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Every candidate except Jon Huntsman…

I never really thought of Huntsman as a kid. ;-)

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Stolen jokes is stolen.

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Smart kid.

Rose on January 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Stolen jokes is stolen.

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I paid $3.00 and a half eaten box of Raisins for that joke.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Smart kid, stupid politicians.

Issues and substance seem to be lost in this election.

Sparky5253 on January 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Don’t do it, Tim!

A White Bronco hasn’t caused this much ruckus since the OJ Simpson car chase.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Thread winner!

baldilocks on January 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Tebow will endorse Huntsman and that will be his ticket to ride into the White House.

Roymunson on January 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The Tebow endorsement would net 316 delegates and a bump on InTrade.

WhatNot on January 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

never really thought of Huntsman as a kid. ;-)

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:14 PM

heh.

rbj on January 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Silence on endorsements is the way to go. But he should add that all eligible Americans should register to vote. And while he’s at it, he might include a plug for voter ID laws because no voter should have his vote offset by the fraud committed by another.

BuckeyeSam on January 12, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Everybody but Huntswoman wanted TEBOW? The mirror, gets in Huntme’s way?
Newt probably was not one of them- He wants that national champion baseball player, Tebow something!
Santy, probably did’nt ask either. He does not probably like people who work on Sunday!

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Is he even conservative? Maybe but being in politics while playing would basically divide his fans. It’s not smart.

Flapjackmaka on January 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Tim can have a greater moral impact on the youth and the country if he sticks to preaching faith and moral values/hard work. Stay away from the vermin Tim. I’ll be rooting for #15.

residentblue on January 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I still say:

Palin / Tebow 2012 !!!!!!!

UltimateBob on January 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Leave the dude alone.

He has a big game Saturday night.

Captain Kirock on January 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Nice to see the clowns running for POTUS have their priorities straight. I’m glad to see Tebow isn’t sinking to their level by helping any of them though.

Benaiah on January 12, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Leave the dude alone.

He has a big game Saturday night.

Captain Kirock on January 12, 2012 at 3:31 PM

That’s he’s going to lose spectacularly.

I should pull a JetBoy and eat my hat if Denver wins.

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Who gives a getalife who Tebow is endorsing. I wanna know who Bill Belichick is endorsing.

And yes, Bill has R after his name. Just like Tom Brady.

BTW in 2004 John Elway endorsed Dubya. So did Matt Hasselbeck.

Del Dolemonte on January 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I should pull a JetBoy and eat my hat if Denver wins.

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

That’s easy to do. Just make a hat out of bacon.

rbj on January 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

UltimateBob on January 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I have my own meter to calibrate enthusiasm. My wife was completely tuned out of the 2008 race until Palin jumped in and then she was there to the end.

Same with Tebow. She is as excited to see him play this weekend as she is to cheer on the Texans. May be a problem is both teams win. She grinned for an hour last Sunday night after he tossed that TD in overtime.

DanMan on January 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Endorsing a candidate would be an epic blunder for Renowned. He probably shouldn’t have even mentioned that some of the candidates have asked him. Just stay completely out of it and stick to football.

popularpolitics on January 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I have a sneaking suspicion Tina gets a little sweaty when she looks at his pic if he’s wearing a sleeveless shirt. Nothing at all wrong with that.

a capella on January 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

And yes, Bill has R after his name. Just like Tom Brady.

Yes, Tebow needs to prove he can beat God’s nephew first before any political endorsements.

BTW in 2004 John Elway endorsed Dubya. So did Matt Hasselbeck.

So did Curt Schilling.

crazy_legs on January 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Rick Santorum could get the nod because he is from the Pittsburgh area. Tebow just whooped our Stillers, so I think Rick should appeal to Tebow’s emotions by playing up that he is a fan of pitiful, lackluster playoff game losers.

Philly on January 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

0bama’s people approached Tebow for his endorsement during the Presidential campaign in 2008 and he refused. I attended a football game on the Gainesville, FL campus late that Fall and was amazed and gratified by the lack of 0bama signage and the overwhelming amount of McCain/Palin signs. While 0bama did go on to win in Gainesville/Alachua County, I was heartened by the number of college kids who could see through the Taupe Dope. Tebow was bigger than life at UF and I’ve often wondered if his declining 0bama’s request had, in fact, influenced a significant number of students who would have otherwise been glassy eyed 0bamites. I believe that it did.

Voice on January 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Kid’s smart to stay out of it.
rbj on January 12, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Yup.

whatcat on January 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Precisely because Tim Tebow is Tim Tebow is why he’s not endorsing anyone. That’s just not who he is.

hadsil on January 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Will Tebow endorse Obama?

LOL

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Tim Tebow will endorse…

“none of the above”

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Not a good sign when our leaders care more about what Tebow thinks, than what Jesus does.

apocalypse on January 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

I doubt Tebow would endorse Romney b/c of his pro-abortion flops

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Ignore the hogs, and stick with the pig skin.

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

A White Bronco hasn’t caused this much ruckus since the OJ Simpson car chase.

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there! : )

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Smart guy.
One of my all time favorite quotes was from Michael Jordan when a bunch of lefties wondered why he didn’t endorse some Democrat -
“Republicans buy shoes, too.”

jjshaka on January 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

“I don’t care who you are, that’s funny right there! : )”

Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel last night!

Dropped a surprise visit on the Palins. Awesome TV

I wonder what he thinks of Romney?

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Ignore the hogs, and stick with the pig skin.

TheClearRiver
on January 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

This is one punny thread, ain’t it? : )

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel last night!

Dropped a surprise visit on the Palins. Awesome TV

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

What is/was the name of the show?
If it’s within my reach, I want to see that!

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

That it would be beneficial to a candidate’s campaign to have the endorsement of a quarterback speaks volumes about how stupid politics have become.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

That it would be beneficial to a candidate’s campaign to have the endorsement of a quarterback speaks volumes about how stupid politics have become.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Didn’t Obama seek the endorsement of a daytime talk show host?

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

LOL

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Abby Adams on January 12, 2012 at 3:33 PM

You’re probably right.

Captain Kirock on January 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

As much as I love watching people eat their words with Tebow… As a fellow believer my hope is that Tim doesn’t endorse either party or candidate and keeps endorsing Jesus and taking a stand for Jesus. No reason for him to get political will just take away from the impact he is having for Jesus!

Blackhearteddove on January 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Tebow scores again!!!

Odie1941 on January 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM

That it would be beneficial to a candidate’s campaign to have the endorsement of a quarterback speaks volumes about how stupid politics have become.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

More importantly – he is a Christian and resident of a swing state – Colorado.

Odie1941 on January 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The Tebow endorsement would net 316 delegates and a bump on InTrade.

WhatNot on January 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Which is further evidence of the complete stupidity of the US electorate.

KeninCT on January 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Among his other virtues, Tebow is a man of honor, and that sets him far above all but a small handful of politicians.

rplat on January 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 4:01 PM

This is one punny thread, ain’t it? : )

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

All oink, and no pork chops. : )

TheClearRiver on January 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Didn’t Obama seek the endorsement of a daytime talk show host?

portlandon on January 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM
—–
Yes. It’s just as stupid as this.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

More importantly – he is a Christian and resident of a swing state – Colorado.

Odie1941 on January 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM
——–

No.

More importantly, he is famous.

Dave Rywall on January 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

On the other hand, Unabashed Christianity always wins the day despite all the claims otherwise.

Tebow!

Manny Pacquio (Catholic version)!

… especially in the most challenging times!

TheAlamos on January 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sorry, but that, or any other, endorsement is not gonna make me likely to vote for any candidate.

Yesterday I read about a poll naming Tebow as America’s favorite active athlete. I also heard an ESPiN commentator denying that the network is in the tank for Tebow and is over-hyping him. But looky here: ESPiN did that poll. Duh! I bet the phrasing bias of that poll question would put to shame the bias of questions asked by shamestream media at GOP debates.

It’s not Tebow who bothers me, it’s the Obama-like fawning Tebow-worshippers who do–it’s like 2008 all over again.

I’m no Tom Brady or Patriots fan, but I’m rooting for them Saturday just to make the Tebow nuisance go away, at least for now.

stukinIL4now on January 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Smart guy.
One of my all time favorite quotes was from Michael Jordan when a bunch of lefties wondered why he didn’t endorse some Democrat -
“Republicans buy shoes, too.”

jjshaka on January 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Rupublicans buy underware, too!

figment on January 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

stukinIL4now on January 12, 2012 at 5:15 PM

So . . . you’re one of those “anyone but Tebow” types, huh?

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Larry the Cable Guy on the History Channel last night!

Dropped a surprise visit on the Palins. Awesome TV

Eph on January 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Found it!

Anyone can watch it on the History Channel website.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The Tebow endorsement would net 316 delegates and a bump on InTrade.

WhatNot on January 12, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Which is further evidence of the complete stupidity of the US electorate.

KeninCT on January 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

We already know about the complete stupidity of the US electorate. Just look at who’s President right now.

In fact, the current President, according to MSNBC exit polling (which they have since totally scrubbed from their archives) set a record for the highest percentage of high school dropout votes.

Del Dolemonte on January 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Tebow, please, just play football.

SC.Charlie on January 13, 2012 at 6:47 AM

OT

When God-fearing Tim Tebow and Golden Boy Tom Brady [stats] square off in what experts predict will be a ratings-busting rematch of December’s Patriots beatdown of the Broncos, we’ll see more than Tebow’s scrambling leather helmet-era quarterback vs. Brady’s disciplined, omniscient power passing.

Emphasis mine.

Wonder who he’s for? Can’t tell.

Axe on January 13, 2012 at 6:47 AM