From NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger
WICHITA, Kan. -- Huckabee said he was not expecting to receive the endorsement from Focus on the Family leader James Dobson, even after speaking with him on Thursday.
"I think he wanted to know was I serious about staying in the race, and frankly, the endorsement caught me off guard," Huckabee told reporters aboard his plane Friday. "We had talked and I had said to him that I certainly would welcome and appreciate his endorsement, but he did not indicate to me that it was forthcoming. And then late last night I got an email saying that AP was reporting out of Colorado of his endorsement and I was taken aback, that's great news."
Huckabee said that he had spoken briefly with Romney on Thursday, after the former Massachusetts governor dropped out of the race.