DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Mitt Romney has more to worry about than poll numbers or election results – apparently, the former Massachusetts governor brings out the fight in martial arts star Chuck Norris.
Norris - star of the television series "Walker, Texas Ranger" and active supporter of Romney's closest rival in Iowa, Mike Huckabee - weighed in on the recent war of words between the two GOP presidential candidates at a campaign event Tuesday.
In front of a room of pro-Huckabee bloggers, Norris took a number of direct hits at Romney, starting with a jab aimed at the way Romney sometimes refers to Huckabee, who was a former governor of Arkansas and former Baptist minister.
"They're calling Mike Huckabee a ‘Baptist minister,’" Norris said.
"Get off of it. He is a governor. I don’t know how long [Huckabee’s] been governor, but I'm sure he's been governor as long as Romney has."
Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. Romney held the same post in Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007.
Norris later accused Romney of being a hypocrite and not "owning up" to the mistakes he's made as governor.
"How can [Romney] knock [Huckabee] when [Romney's] made so many mistakes? I mean flip-flopping, all the flip-flopping he's done.
"One time he's pro-abortion, next time he's pro-life. One time he's pro gay marriage. Now he's anti-gay marriage. I mean, what are you?"
One of the bloggers had a Romney-related question specifically tailored to Norris.
"How much do you want to roundhouse kick Mitt Romney?" he asked.
Huckabee attempted to nip the topic in the bud with a soft "now, now." Norris got his line in anyway.
"No, I don’t roundhouse kick. I choke," Norris said laughing, reminding reporters of an interview with CNN’s Larry King where he’d criticized the Romney campaign and said he’d “just like to choke those guys out.” Later, he added that "truthfully, I hate negative campaigning."