Tim Tebow Will Not Be Endorsing Any Republican Presidential Candidates
January 10 / Glenn Davis / SportsGrid
Some might call Tebowmania an ongoing "national nightmare," but plenty seem to be enjoying the ride...and whether they're enjoying it or not, they're going along. Combine that kind of visibility with Tebow's outspoken Christian beliefs and it was inevitable that his name would get invoked in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Rick Perrydid it. A pro-Michele Bachmann ad did it.
And now, we know for a fact that in addition to bringing up Tebow's name, more than one of the candidates has actually asked Tebow for an endorsement - Tebow said as much to the Associated Press. Well, of course they did that - it was the logical next step. They'd already used his name to try to win over voters: why not try to do it in the most direct way possible? And the hype that would come with a Tebow endorsement? Astronomical. It was the smart move.
And it's the smart move for Tebow to shut them all down and say thanks but no thanks. And that's exactly what he did (politely, though, we're sure). Said Tebow:
"I think you have to have so much trust in who you support, just from product endorsements to endorsing a candidate because if that person or company does something (bad), it reflects on you."
There's enough of a circus surrounding Tebow as it is - he doesn't need to add this in. Maybe one day, down the road, when there are less product endorsement deals to worry about, Tebow can get into the political endorsement game (if people still care enough about his opinion, that is). Not to mention, not sure if you've seen the field of Republican candidates, but...we don't blame Tebow for not having enough confidence in any of them to throw his hat into the ring.
Oh, one other thing - Tebow wouldn't say exactly who asked for his endorsement. Perry would be the most logical guess, since he's mentioned Tebow himself, with Rick Santorum coming in at second-likeliest. Bachmann's a solid guess, too (not that that endorsement matters too much now). Mitt Romney? Not sure about that one, though maybe Tebow would help him establish his conservative credentials. And we could definitely see Newt Gingrich inquiring. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman...not so much.
Either way, we think Tebow's smart to stay out of the political game for the time being...even though what we really hope is that he's saving his energy for a surprise endorsement of the Naked Cowboy.