November 26th, 2007
11:26 AM ET
10 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. Chris, Pensacola FL

    I've finally figured it out. I was attempting to find out the deal with this guy and it came to me. He's the Ron Paul counter. The establishment couldn't figure out what to do about Ron Paul, so they "assisted" Huckabee. It's almost obvious for the well informed. I also see the need for Chuck to be there with Mike. No one would visit Mikes tent at the strawpoll, but if Chuck Norris was there, it might (slight might) take away from Pauls tent.

    I'll still vote for Paul as he is the better man, but I have to admire the "pushing" of Huckabee onto the Repubs.

    What would be really funny is the look on Pat Robertsons face if Mike scores higher than Rudy. That would be funny. Would he "switch sides" or feel ashamed for picking a non-Christian?

    November 26, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Jolene, St. Joseph, MI

    Will there be enough room on the stage for Huckabee, Chuck Norris, and his "Total Gym"? Hmmm...

    November 26, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Dan, NJ

    Does anyone else find it ironic that Oprah supporting Obama prompted numerous posts that it was a thinly veiled racial move that was political mistake and misuse of Oprah's influence but that a Chuck Norris endorsement is perfectly acceptable?

    November 26, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. DanThe Man, Middletown.DE

    Chuck Norris and Oprah should fight to the death. The candidate of the fight winner will get the nomination. I know you think Oprah is no match for Norris. But I think your wrong.

    November 26, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. David, ventura, calif

    chuck who ??? – you have to be kidding – politics has reach another low – martial artist turned actor now puts in his 2 cents worth or well – news actually reachs an all time low

    November 26, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Robb, New York

    First Chuck Norris, now Ric Flair. It's official– the Mike Huckabee campaign is the most action-packed of them all. Huck should have a new slogan: "Mike Huckabee... His supporters can kick your supporters' -"

    November 26, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Independent in IA

    Norris has WAY too much time on his hands...

    November 26, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. bret, atl, ga

    Is Huckabee/Norris the next Republican gay controversy? Laf.


    November 26, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. David, Ventura, calif

    stand up for a creator – more religious right wing BS – chuck you ought to be ashamed of yourself – in your martial arts career you dealt with types of people – black, white, brown , gay and straight, christian, jew, muslim, etc. and now you turn your back on all of them – shame – shame

    November 26, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Someone

    Like Oprah is so imbued with talent? Whatever.

    November 26, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Tony Houston, TX

    I hope Chuck roundhouse kicks him in the face.

    November 26, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. David - Portland, Oregon

    Sandy, St. Paul, MN, please don't speak of the Clinton in that tone!

    November 26, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. chris seattle

    we already have a president pushing the world down. do we really need another?

    November 26, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Bev, Sacramento, CA

    This whole "celebrities hitting the campaign trail" is becoming trite and a sure sign of desperation. Who gives a rat's patooty who these celebrities think the best candidate is? The candidates, if they can, need to clearly articulate what they plan to do to repair our great country and get us back on the road to decency, honesty, prosperity, and hope for all. The American voters are plenty capable of selecting their own candidate without having some publicity-seeking celebrity telling them who they should vote for. In fact, it's rather insulting. Gee, I hope Hillary continues doing what she's doing so well right now (explaining her positions, telling us her visions for America) without having some so-called celebrity hit the campaign trail with/for her.

    November 26, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. David - Portland, Oregon

    Brent, Houston TX, right on point!

    November 26, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. Ken, Los Angeles - CA


    November 26, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    No doubt Chuck Norris will be providing details of his military service to his country?

    Well, I mean, how can you address the military needs in Iraq unless you are speaking from first-hand experience?

    Oh, that's right! Chuck is one of those avowed gasbags that knows what's best for the country, militarily, as long as he doesn't have to serve!

    His war pics are a laugh, too; no man was allowed to have a beard in service, because your gas mask and other breathing apparatus wouldn't properly adhere to your face – but not Chuck, he could breathe gas and get even stronger, right, neocons?!

    November 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Toronto, Canada

    Chuck Norris? Mr. Mindless Violence isn't exactly a wise choice. I guess John Rambo wasn't available? All I can say is, I'm glad I live in Canada. Someone mentioned that Mike Huckabee is 1,000 times better than Bush....1,000 times zero is still zero. Check it on your abacus, it's true.

    November 26, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  19. Chris Hlat

    Who the hell is Chuck Norris to tell me how to practice my beliefs? What happened to the seperation of church and state? Once again a right-wing idiot running for Prez.

    November 26, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. jw, canadian,ok

    Could we please have an Athiest in the White House? We've had two 'Christains', Carter and King George – how'd that work out?

    November 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. rob

    This is utterly pathetic. Conservatives attack liberals for being too cozy with Hollywood, but when a minor Hollywood icon pays a little attention to them, they go nuts for the guy. The hypocrisy of the ultra-right wing in this country beggars description.

    November 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Jonah, Boston MA

    Wow. Seriously, what is this? How is it news that the guy from "Sidekicks" is endorsing anyone? The best part is, Huckabee supporters are actually excited about it. It's ridiculous stuff like this that makes Liberals like myself think Republicans are not even the same species. You guys are so dumb it's painful.

    That said, the statement that Huckabee is "not afraid to stand up for a Creator and against secularist beliefs" is about the scariest thing I've ever heard. Hey Chuck and Huck, you guys want to live in a theocracy? Move to Saudi Arabia. I'll stick with my secular government fueled by religion-free intellectualism.

    Kucinich in '08.

    November 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |

    "When Chuck Norris does a push up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the world down," Huckabee says.

    When Huckabee stands up, he's standing against progress.

    November 26, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Jim, Medford, OR

    Let's cut to the brass tacks. Who is Bill O'Blowhard endorsing?

    November 26, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Lumberjack, Lower Arkansas

    Mike Huckabee was the worst governor has ever had in his 10.5 year tenure. He's out of touch with the working class. His views on taxes & education are skewed. Look at his record of govenor of arkansas. We had nearly a 1 billion surplus due to excessive taxation under his watch.

    November 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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