January 2nd, 2008
08:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Chuck Norris weighs in on Romney-Huckabee fight

Chuck Norris went to bat for Huckabee Wednesday.

Chuck Norris went to bat for Huckabee Wednesday.

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."

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. John Halverson

    if I was only 5 years younger I wouldn't even know who Chuck Norris is. I don't understand why anybody, even a terrible actor wouldn't brush up on his choice for President. He didn't even know how long Huckabee was Governor?. If you look at it logically it makes sense Huckabee doesn't know squat about a lot of things including foreign policy, so why would he care is his supporters are ignorant as well?

    January 2, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Scott, Knoxville, TN

    Does anyone truly listen to what these people are saying? Conservatives, I beg you, please listen to what Ron Paul has to say. He is a citizen running for President, not a politician running for candidacy. Look past your religious blinders and actually listen to what the man has to say. This country is on the path to disaster and I don't mean that in an Apocalyptic sense. Americans have no real freedom anymore. We actually have an election to see which of the two parties' candidates we will "vote" for later. This is not a choice.

    January 2, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Jed in Texas

    Who said trailer trash cant make the big time.LMAO I will take Arnold any day,at least he can be bipartisan.

    January 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Wilberto Jimenez, Monmot, MD

    Scott, Knoxville, TN –

    It's because average Americans are sheep. They don't have the time or patience to read up on issues, much less to write into their congressman or senator. Political strategists realized this years ago, and have made a hefty profit on polarizing Americans and obviating the need for intelligent discourse between citizens and their elected representatives.

    If I'm to believe the hype, Democrats blame all the country's problems on lack of governmental oversight, poor environmental concerns, and insufficient trade protection. And Republicans blame everything on too many taxes, an invasion of moral sanctity by gays, women, atheists, etc., and "terrorists". Meanwhile, everyone ignores the REAL issues confronting us: a crumbling economy, poor education, and YES- the War in Iraq.

    Go and look up what the powers of the President are. When you're done, ask yourself if Ron Paul will really make a difference over any of the other candidates, so long as Americans are content to stay stupid, uninterested sheep in the political process.

    January 2, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |

    Mitt Romney is such a flip flopper. Am surprised that anyone is listening to him at all. He does not deserve one vote. He thinks he can buy votes with money but it is not going to happen. He has no place in the White House.

    Huckabee is going to win and that is why Romney is so desperate and attacking him.

    Go Huckabee. Continue to tell the truth.

    January 2, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. annette

    If Huckabee gets the nomination, maybe we should contact the 1000+ convicts who were pardoned and have them move to Iowa next to those who voted for him!

    I'm amazed at the Huckabee supporters ignorance, it doesn't seem to phase them. Maybe a little criminal activity in their area might make them feel stupid for their choice. LOL

    January 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. nick

    On YouTube.com Now!!!!!

    "Obama Portrait Music Video by Bjarne O"

    Iowa and beyond!! OUR TIME IS NOW. We will make history with Obama in '08!!!!

    January 2, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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