November 26th, 2007
11:26 AM ET
6 years ago

Huckabee bringing Chuck Norris to CNN/YouTube debate

Norris and Huckabee appear in a campaign ad running in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appears to be milking cult hero Chuck Norris' endorsement for all it's worth.

The former Arkansas governor told reporters on a conference call Monday morning that the “Walker Texas Ranger” star will be joining him at the CNN/YouTube debate this Wednesday night.

"[He] will be part of that experience," Huckabee said. "So it will be fun and hopefully very substantive."

Norris officially endorsed Huckabee last October, hailing him as a "respected and fearless leader" and one who's "not afraid to stand up for a Creator and against secularist beliefs."

Since then Norris has penned a fundraising e-mail on Huckabee's behalf, and even appears alongside the candidate in a television ad running in Iowa.

"When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the world down," Huckabee, quoting the now famous "Chuck Norris Facts," says in the ad.

On Monday, Huckabee credited the ad for brining "a lot of attention" to his presidential bid.

"We had a lot of fun with it and it did exactly what we wanted it to do, and that is drive record numbers of people to our Web site," Huckabee said. "And it has made the rounds on YouTube and as people have e-mailed it to their friends, it has had a big impact on the 18-30 year-old market, which we expected it to do."

Huckabee also brushed aside criticism from some for promoting Norris' endorsement, as well as that of professional wrestler Ric Flair, so heavily.

"The only flak I get is from people who wish they had them," he said. "The rest of the time people are enjoying it and having fun with it as I am."

Huckabee's comments come the same day he announced the release of a new TV ad in Iowa.  The 30-second spot, called "Believe," touts his conservative stances on social issues.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. brooklyn

    "The only flak I get is from people who wish they had them"

    yeah. right.

    November 26, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. David - Portland, Oregon

    Vertical politics is very refreshing. Go Huckabee!

    November 26, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Paul Thompson

    The USA will do well to elect Governor Huckabee!

    Go Huck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Ricky Andrews

    Chuck has also wrote a series of articles in his weekly column at World Net Daily defending Mike's platform of issues... http://worldnetdaily.com/news/archives.asp?AUTHOR_ID=274

    November 26, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Brent, Houston TX

    Let's compare two back-to-back blog posts. The first notes Oprah is going to "hit the trail" in support of Obama. The next talks about Mike Huckabee "milking" Chuck Norris' endorsement for all it's worth. So it's ok for Oprah to be so proactive but not so much for Chuck. I know these two posts were written by different authors, but didn't anybody on staff over there notice the discrepancy?? If you passively criticize one, you need to passively criticize the other – it's the American way.

    November 26, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Rob, San Diego CA

    Just what we need, a President who will "stand up for a Creator". Do we really want a President that doesn't believe in Evolution???

    November 26, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    And if one of his opponents says something he doesn't like, Huckabee will have Chuck Norris whup 'em.
    :-)

    November 26, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    Leading hand sanitizers claim they can kill 99.9 percent of germs. Chuck Norris can kill 100 percent of whatever he wants.

    The Chuck Norris endorsement makes Huckabee a virtual shoe-in for the Whitehouse. However, with Steven Seagal and Jackie Chan still silent there is still hope for the other candidates.

    Thank you CNN for this important information!

    November 26, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Let's compare two back-to-back blog posts. The first notes Oprah is going to "hit the trail" in support of Obama. The next talks about Mike Huckabee "milking" Chuck Norris' endorsement for all it's worth. So it's ok for Oprah to be so proactive but not so much for Chuck. I know these two posts were written by different authors, but didn't anybody on staff over there notice the discrepancy?? If you passively criticize one, you need to passively criticize the other – it's the American way.

    Posted By Brent, Houston TX : November 26, 2007 11:44 am

    Apples and oranges, Brent. It's a common occurrence for celebrities to appear at campaign functions. it is NOT a common occurrence to have celebrities appear at debates.

    November 26, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Lisa, San Diego, CA.

    Chuck who?

    November 26, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    Now, I want to see all the folks crying about Oprah endorsing Barack in here doing the same! After all, this is a White guy endorsing a White guy. Hmmm...
    He can't be genuine, can he?

    November 26, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Frank Mclean Va

    Please fix your spelling. I'm siuck of all the typos!

    "for brining"

    November 26, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. M.D.

    I would listen to Chuck before i wouldlisten to see what wounderful thing i have done all by myself look look'y at me ....YES ME EVERYONE LOOK AT ME THE WOUNDERFUL "OPRAH". and i promise i wont turn your helpless KIDS over to any perverts and just leave them until i cant ignore it anymore... Go get em Chuck.. as a matter of fact lets nominate Chuck for president...HE'S got my VOTE ! ! !

    November 26, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Diego, Syracuse, NY

    There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.

    Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law and Order are trademarked names for his left and right legs.

    Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

    Chuck Norris’ hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.

    November 26, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    CNN this is not news – how many Huckabee articles are you planing to make for this week?

    November 26, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Greg, NY, NY

    Please fix your spelling. I'm siuck of all the typos!

    "for brining"

    Posted By Frank Mclean Va : November 26, 2007 11:57 am

    No comment needed.

    November 26, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. R. Gardley, Naperville, IL

    I have a great deal of respect for Governor Huckabee, and at the very least, hope that he earns a place on the ticket as a candidate for Vice President. I have even supported him with a contribution. However, what appears to be geniune and substantive growing interest in his campaign could quickly fade if he continues to flaunt Mr. Norris and Mr. Flair before those of us who are taking him and his candidacy for President serious. I'm sure that they are good and decent men. However, the continous nature of these endorements threaten to undermine his respectibility.

    November 26, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. PG in NYC

    In exchange for Norris's endorsement, the gov. has changed his name to Mike Chuckabee

    November 26, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Tony G/Virginia

    Chuck Norris is leading a campaign to bring prayer to public schools which is why he's endorsing Huckabee. Number 1, I could never see the United States having a President Huckabee. That would just be too weird. Number 2, people are certainly more than able to take their children to schools taught in church without imposing their religious beliefs on me and my children. Whatever I believe religiously is no one's business and should not be forced down the throats of others. Also, the Bible is a fairy tale of sorts that you either believe in or not. It has not been proven and therefore cannot be taught in public schools as fact. Religion has been the driving force behind prejudice, hatred (to extremists) and 9 out of the last 10 wars faught in this world. I do not want my children learning religion in school when they can be taught that in church and for this reason I will not support Huckabee. I will also never watch another Chuck Norris movie again.

    November 26, 2007 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. Sandy, St. Paul, MN

    A has-been endorsing a never-was. Politics are so silly.

    November 26, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Heather, Chicago IL

    Style, over substance... way to go Mike. Lets sacrifice what little respect you had left by parading around a B-list washed up TV actor, and a washed-up TV wrestler (sorry Flair, you should have retired 2 decades ago). But lets get serious for a moment – we have soldiers dying out there. People are losing their jobs to a weakened economy. People are losing the roof over their head due to the housing crunch. People are dying prematurely because they can't afford proper healthcare. What, exactly, do you plan on doing to fix that Mr. Huckabee? Chuck Norris can't help you there.

    November 26, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Mike Smyth, New Orleans, Louisiana

    I'm so glad the compassionate conservative christian republicans don't gloat in their Holly'weird' endorsements like the Democrats do.

    Chuck Norris... isn't he the guy that sells that tacky flimsy exercise stuff on TV for exhorbitant prices to really dumb people?

    Yes, he should be able to sell Huckabee too.

    November 26, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Jean, Mankato MN

    This might be the only debate I'll waste my time watching!

    Chuck Norris won't attend the debate -the debate will attend Chuck Norris.

    November 26, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. conryw

    Poor Chuck Norris. All that money of his, and look at that rug on his head. Poor thing, almost looks as bad as a comb-over.

    November 26, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Who's milking who here? Chuck's career is circling the drain. He's doing infomercials. Now someone's going to put him in a spotlight? I think Huck might be endorsing him, actually.

    November 26, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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