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. John, Boston, MA

    If thsi is the best Huckabee can do then GOD save his campaign. You just cannot afford to get anyone to campaign for a candidaye. Of all Norris. Gimme a break.

    November 26, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Ron, Austin TX

    A match made in fascist hell.

    The height of distinctly modern American idiocy. Two asinine, bigoted, white supremacist, faux-macho, gun-wielding Bible-thumping dim-bulbed lunatics vying for media attention (another distinctly modern American sickness) so that both can get richer and more powerful. Disgusting.

    November 26, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Lisla, Dallas, TX

    What a joke. Why should we give a flip who Chuck Norris or any other celebrity (ie: Oprah) endorses? Don't we have our own brains to make decisions with? Why do we need some egotistical celebs telling us who to support?

    November 26, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. John Round Rock, Texas

    I think it's pretty sad when people write that it's not possible to believe in God and also believe that he can decide how he wants to create – whether through evolution or any other device. For those who espouse that evolution IS God, then I say, "Show me the bridge between animal and man." No one has ever been able to do that – although there can't be man with a bridging animal species, according to the THEORY of evolution. Please distinguish between theory and fact. To do otherwise exposes you to be a fraud, and not well educated. Go Chuck, you bring at least as much sanity to this as Hillary does. Love.

    November 26, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. newz4i tucson az

    Chuck Norris = evangelical Christian + violence acting on TV.

    Weird.

    November 26, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Jason, Gainesville, FL

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

    Hilarious! I bet Clinton is envious of Ric Flair's endorsement. Now if only middle school boys were allowed to vote Huckabee would have a chance.

    November 26, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Norris + the Huckster = 2 bad actors

    November 26, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. christian, selden, ny

    WHY?!?! who is chuck norris in the america today??? cant we vote for someone without a celebrity endorsement??? isnt this about the future of our country?? would JFK need celebrities (if you still consider chuck norris a celebrity) to help his cause? this is ridiculous. if someone likes huckabee more now because he has chuck norris by his side then that person should be aloud to vote!!!

    November 26, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Although I disagree with many of Hucabee and Norris beliefs, I am glad they are adding some light hearted fun to the campaign. I love the plan to protect the borders ad running in Iowa, Mike Huckabees plan to protect the borders-–Chuck Norris, funny!

    November 26, 2007 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Lindda - Albany, NY

    Absolutely pathetic!

    November 26, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Bill McPhereson, Tulsa, OK

    Posted By John Round Rock, Texas wrote :
    I think it's pretty sad when people write that it's not possible to believe in God and also believe that he can decide how he wants to create – whether through evolution or any other device. For those who espouse that evolution IS God, then I say, "Show me the bridge between animal and man." No one has ever been able to do that – although there can't be man with a bridging animal species, according to the THEORY of evolution. Please distinguish between theory and fact. To do otherwise exposes you to be a fraud, and not well educated. Go Chuck, you bring at least as much sanity to this as Hillary does. Love.

    Hey John, you dim witted fool, the reason you can't find the bridge between animal and man is the fact that our ancestors killed off the bridge specieces. Humans and the "bridge" competed for territory and food, and just like human nature, we killed them for control of it. Survival of the fittest.

    As for Chuck Norris, I'd rather be endorsed by Chuck Woolery. The ladies love that dude.

    November 26, 2007 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Darin, Chicago IL

    Oooh, wow. An endorsement from some cheesy F-list "actor". Is this Huckabee guy serious? We're supposed to vote for him because Chuck Norris says so? I think that's a great reason NOT to vote for him. Really, Chuck Norris? Thanks for the laugh, CNN!

    November 26, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Thomas, Niagara, WI

    Stars endorsing presidential candidates? Why yes!!! I'll buy their products too!
    *heads to bathroom to puke*

    November 26, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Tyler, Scottsdale AZ

    For our children's sake, don't vote this religious, war-mongering, moron into office... please. Haven't we had enough?

    Strength through Peace.

    November 26, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Sam, Clearwater Beach

    I think it's pretty sad when people write that it's not possible to believe in God and also believe that he can decide how he wants to create – whether through evolution or any other device. For those who espouse that evolution IS God, then I say, "Show me the bridge between animal and man." No one has ever been able to do that – although there can't be man with a bridging animal species, according to the THEORY of evolution. Please distinguish between theory and fact. To do otherwise exposes you to be a fraud, and not well educated. Go Chuck, you bring at least as much sanity to this as Hillary does. Love.

    Posted By John Round Rock, Texas : November 26, 2007 12:53 pm

    John,
    What are you talking about, I don't even know where to begin trying to decipher your post.
    A little clarity might be helpful.

    November 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    This was the best endorsement Huck could come up with?

    November 26, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. rob

    I would sooner take economic advice from Angelina Jolie! After all, the Tomb Raider would totally beat up Chuck Norris.

    November 26, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. humtake, tampa fl

    all this does is let us know we will see chuck norris in a future election as a candidate. cookie cutter politics 101.

    November 26, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. JT, Abq, NM

    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???

    Posted By Rob, San Diego CA : November 26, 2007 11:45 am

    I though we already did.

    November 26, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Dave Hilo HI

    The only reason this sort of fluff makes it to the Ticker is to generate web site traffic, which in turn gives CNN a reason to charge more for advertising on its web site.

    November 26, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. gary, charleston, sc

    We now have a former actor and exercise infomercial hack joining up with a pro-creationist politician. Well, this may in fact be the evidence of God’s existence – a contemporary example of what Voltaire meant when he said that “God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”

    November 26, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  22. Lou Dobbs, Plano TX

    John from Round Rock, Texas please educate yourself on the definition of a scientific theory. Your ignorent seperation of a scientific theory and fact exposes you to be a fraud, and not well educated.

    November 26, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Johan (Akron, OH)

    I'm one who thinks Huckabee would be the strongest opponent that the Republican Party could nominate. His rhetoric on things like middle eastern oil and trade is refreshing coming from a Republican candidate, and he's much more socially compatible with many middle class people, Catholics in particular. That being said, I don't see him winning as the John Fund, Club for Growth and Wall Street Journal branch of the party seem to hate him. Will be an interesting study to see who holds sway in the party, the financiers or the religious folk.

    November 26, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Samuel, Lincoln, NE

    When Hucky and Chucky start talking about promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ and actually doing what Jesus did – helping the less fortunate, instead of trying to ram creationist dogma down people's throats, then maybe I'll listen to what they have to say.

    And BTW...Tinky Winky could kill Chuck Norris with his little finger.

    November 26, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Rand Duncan, Conway, Ark

    We call these ad's "Chuckabees" – a humorous but compelling morph of two well-liked personalities. If people would give Huckabee just a few minutes and check out his vision and conviction – they'll be hooked.

    November 26, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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