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. Ray, Rochester

    I am a Republican and I would vote for Hillary if this clown gets the nomination.

    November 26, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. jnick New York, NY

    To Tony G/Virginia:

    Your comment:
    The Bible is a fairy tale of sorts that you either believe in or not.

    I think I had rather believe in it now and find out it wasn't true than not to believe in it only to find out it was.

    November 26, 2007 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Some of people are going to be totally screwed at the coming.

    I can understand a disdain from organized religion, but I cannot believe the hatred and agony toward God some of you have.

    It's going to be a char fest and He won't be roasting smores.

    Posted By Chris, Pensacola FL : November 26, 2007 2:26 pm

    Go on believing your fairy tales, Chris. I prefer reality, and I know that in reality gods and religion are man-made devices used to control other people.

    You say that some people are gonna be "totally screwed" at the coming. I maintain that there IS no "coming" coming.

    November 26, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Horatio, Providence RI

    I am sick to death of people bashing Huckabee because he believes in God. You know when we have a problem? When a president is willing to do bad things because he has no fear that something bad may happen back to him. Isn't that what everyone has been complaining about with 43.

    We gotta stop criticizing people for believing in God. Its the biggest misconception in the world that Christians think there better than everone else. The essence of the whole religion is that we KNOW we're not better than anyone, and we try everyday to correct and improve on each of our infinite flaws.

    Keep doin what your doin, Huckabee. Your a breath of fresh air.

    November 26, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Kyle, Houston, TX

    People need to focus less on the fact that Huckabee is using a celebrity and more on the fact that he is actually reaching the young voter demographic successfully.

    November 26, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Enraged, SLC, UT


    Pascal's Wager is quite a disingenuous reason for believing in Bronze Age superstition, not to mention the false dichotomy it presents. Though I have to admit, it is a very human tendency to engage in specific behaviors for perceived rewards.

    November 26, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. James, KCMO

    "Go Chuck, you bring at least as much sanity to this as Hillary does."
    Chuck makes at least as much sense as Hillary Clinton, and, unlike Hillary with Vince Foster, all Chuck's dead guys are on TV.

    Posted By John Round Rock, Texas : November 26, 2007 1:52 pm

    Yet another right wing dolt bringing up that whole Vince Foster thing, which has been investigated and determined to be a suicide, unlike the 3,000 plus American citizens for whose death George Bush is responsible.

    Get a clue, John

    November 26, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Jack, Fairfield, IA

    Hey Bill, you even more dimwitted fool, even if our ancestors did hunt and kill this mythical "bridge" species to extinction, there would still be RECORDS of its EXISTENCE in FOSSILES, exactly the same evidence we have of the dinosaurs. That is, unless our primitive relatives were able to grind every single one of these missing links around the planet to absolute dust. Show me the method by which the laws of thermodynamics are broken to add more complexity to organisms in a closed system without an outside energy or "creative" force, and I will begin to believe macroevolution as more than just a thinly veiled attempt to deny the existence of God.

    Posted By Travis, Columbus, OH : November 26, 2007 2:46 pm

    Hey Travis, the most dimwitted fool of all: go back to school and actually learn something about evolution and the laws of thermodynamics. It's painfully obvious you know nothing about either because your statements are incorrect. Unfortunately, for all your ignorant blather you don't see creationism for what it is-a thinly veiled attempt to force religion into the classroom

    November 26, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. A. Moroni, Ogden, UT

    And in the wings will be Huckabee's wife ready with her grenade launcher should Chuckie not be able to handle any flack directly at her hubbie.

    November 26, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. P Jacobs, London England

    Jeepers People, Can we stay on point here? The article is not about evolution or God. Let bitter people write whatever they want but overcome it by staying on topic and giving reasons why you believe the article to be true or false. Don't waste your precious time in the cancerous battles that many will try and pull you into.

    November 26, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    For all those out there who feels Democratic commies are bashing this guy because of his religious beliefs. Get a grip. It's not his religious beliefs. This jokes being hailed as the great redeemer–and if you REALLY read is agenda–the average American should be very, very, afraid. It's not his God that's getting people fighting's the fact he's an idiot and somehow convinced a lot of well-intended Americans to believe in him–to their own detriment.

    November 26, 2007 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Chris, Pensacola FL


    I'll pray for you tonight. The truth will eat at you day and night.

    In the meantime I urge everyone here to vote for Ron Paul. You want a revolution? You want a strong leader with bold ideas? You've had it all this time. The media just won't spotlight him.

    November 26, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Where are the "racial overtones" comments PEOPLE?

    James from Phoenix Arizona?
    Dan from Columbia Maryland?
    And the rest of you?

    - Wallace, Chicago, IL

    Whaa? I make racist overtones? Can I download that to my cellphone? 🙂

    What does Chuck's endorsement of Huck's run for prez have to do with race and what exactly are these racist statements I make? Help me out here since I am completely void of white man's guilt.

    Ron Paul in 2008!

    November 26, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Jonah, Boston MA

    George Carlin: "Regarding creationists: Aren't these the same people who gave us alchemy and astrology, and who told us the earth, besides being flat, was at the center of the universe? Why don't we just kill these --in' people?

    November 26, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. everyonesaracist,usa

    Tevin, Raleigh, NC

    hes only backing him because hes white. There are you happy 🙂

    November 26, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. joseph,austin,tx

    Religion has been the driving force behind prejudice, hatred (to extremists) and 9 out of the last 10 wars faught in this world
    Tony G/Virginia

    What did religion have to do with WW1,WW2,korean war, vietnam war, and gulf wars 1&2? Or did I miss the nine wars fought since these wars?
    Its not the religion of christanity, its the people who use christanity for those purposes, grow up we're not all hatemongers nomatter what the secular progressive, card carrying ACLU member programmed you to beleive.

    November 26, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. rob

    Pascals' wager is pretty specious. After all, God could tell if you actually believed in your heart, or if you were just hedging your bets and behaving like a good Christian. (Humans can't read their fellow human's minds, but God can.) If the latter, you cannot be accepted into Heaven. After all, the grossest sinner, if they repent, can be made welcome in Heaven.

    If God exists, I think a person who affirmatively denied any religion, and then lived an exemplary moral life, is probably better off than someone who professed a religion and didn't actually believe it, unless they lived an EVEN more exemplary moral life.

    November 26, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Not a good idea.

    Inner cities struggle to lower murder rates and gun violence. This issue is not remotely humorous in Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore and many other cities plagued by gun violence.

    Perhaps Mike Huckabee, coming from a rural area, just doesn't understand that there are many of us who equate guns with fear and violence.

    If he wants to be president, he needs to represent everyone. Not just folks who use guns for legitimate sport and hunting ventures.

    November 26, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. J Houston, TX

    If I had to chose between the two theories of mankind evolving over millions of years or some invisible presense creating the world by saying 'Let there be light' because it is written somewhere in a 2000 year old book, I would have to go with evolution.

    Posted By Sam, Clearwater Beach : November 26, 2007 2:48 pm

    Implying that you have to choose is a faulty argument. Perhaps "let there be light" is the only way to phrase how the laws of physics and chemistry were created. If you study science, it is almost amazing the way things come together. There is no proof, only wonder. That applies to all things, even scientific "laws" like Newton's...which Einstein technically disproved. I believe in God because of science, experience, and history. A true scientist would never say that data is mutually exclusive...there's no such thing.

    November 26, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  20. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    We gotta stop criticizing people for believing in God. Its the biggest misconception in the world that Christians think there better than everone else. The essence of the whole religion is that we KNOW we're not better than anyone, and we try everyday to correct and improve on each of our infinite flaws.
    Posted By Horatio, Providence RI : November 26, 2007 3:12 pm

    I try very hard not to criticize people simply for believing in God. A large number of people in my family are devout Christians, of the sort whom you would probably get along with quite well, because they have the same worldview you expressed so eloquently.

    However, I have no problem criticizing in the most vociferous terms those alleged Christians who believe they ARE better then everyone else, who think everyone should be forced to believe what they believe, and who would consign to perdition (or a jail cell) every person who deviates from (or even questions) their dogma. I will not be quietly tolerant of their loud intolerance.

    Nor will I let them continue to play the "victim" card, claiming that Christians in this country are subject to persecution and "liberal media bias" and countless alleged slights such as the ridiculous "War on Christmas" nonsense. When a Bible-thumping former preacher-turned-politician from Arkansas is considered a viable candidate for President, while an avowed atheist couldn't get elected dog-catcher in most counties in this country, Christians need to stop whining about how oppressed they are.

    Christians who follow the Sermon on the Mount, and truly understand what Jesus was talking about when he said that stuff about "what you do to the least of these" are people I can applaud and support. "Cafeteria Leviticans" who apparently stopped reading the Bible at the verse where God expresses his disapproval of gays – feh.

    November 26, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    So Huckabee and Chuck Norris are RACIST because they are both white?

    See how smart that sounds, like Obama and Oprah are racist.

    Be real folks an endorcement is just an endorcement. If it helps a candidate then good move for that candidate. THAT IS ALL IT MEANS

    November 26, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. Jed in Texas

    Huck and Chuck,well aint that sweet?Vote for me and Jesus or Chuck will kick the Crap outta yall!lmao

    November 26, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Tom Murphy

    CNN/YouTube Republican Debate: Giuliani 9/11 Question
    Presidential Candidate Giuliani claims, "American foreign policy had nothing to do with the September 11th. September 11th happened because these people who hate us, hate us because of the freedoms that we have."

    November 26, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    Those who mix religion and politics end up with neither. Those who want to force their religion on others via politics will only end up with resentment
    and fierce opposition. We don't want a US Taliban.

    November 26, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  25. OBAMA 2008

    Who is This Mike guy did he drop out the sky one day and decide to be a canadaidate i nvere even heard of him which is kinda so which mean's he souldn't be running if people don't even know who he is because he isn't getting notice!

    November 26, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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