November 26th, 2007
11:26 AM ET
14 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. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks CA

    If the universe had a creator, which it doesnt, it certainly wouldn't need its lowly creations -humans- to stand up for it.

    November 26, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Tom, Mobile Alabama

    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

    Chris I think you need to take it easy on these people. It's not up to us to determine who will burn and who will not.

    If Saul of Tarsus were on this blog before his conversion, Christians today would have judged him as toast too. I don't understand why Christians sell God short on His ability to bring non-believers to His Son. That's pretty much all he's done since the beginning of human creation. Paul himself said that he was the worst sinner by persecuting Christians, even to the point of allowing Stephen to die. Stephen himself did not condemn Saul for his actions. And Christ had every reason to condemn the very men nailing Him to the Cross, but did He? That's why we're not in charge Chris, if we were then anyone who was a blasphemer would be toast.

    We can confront behavior and defend Christ but calling people toast puts you in the postition that only the Son Hiself owns. And the Bible says that judgement will begin in the House of God, so perhaps we should take heed as to how we are reacting to those who may not know any better. Christ said of His people "those who do not gather my sheep scatter".

    That's pretty cut and dry, and it's something we rarely ask of ourselves when we pop off at others out of emotion.

    November 26, 2007 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    I just find it so hard to believe that Huckabee is including Norris in his ads!! It's one thing for Norris to endorse him – but for Huckabee to actually sit with him in a political ad....???!!!There's an example of good judgment. And then to say how much fun all this is? Hey, I like to have fun as much – or more – than the next guy – but this is the most important presidential election we have faced in at least what 25 years or so?? This isn't FUN!
    I read some of Norris' stuff on that website. Free speech and a free press are wonderful gifts we have here, but yeah : Huckabee is "not afraid to stand up for a Creator and against secularist beliefs" is pretty scary. I'm not against God but please, there has to be a separation of church and state. Like a previous poster said, you want a theocracy – go to Iran or Saudi Arabia.

    November 26, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. John Pruitt, Roanoke, Virginia

    I love how people are calling this everything they are calling it – where were they when Bill was on Arsenio Hall playing the sax?

    November 26, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Thomas, Clanton, Mississippi

    If you think the Bible is a fairy tale, read the Book of Mormon.

    Seriously, read it and try to tell me a guy dug up magic plates in upstate New York and that Israelis sailed to the Americas thousands of years ago before being killed by persons who God punished by making them colored.

    The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.

    November 26, 2007 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. John,CA

    last I saw of chuck he was getting his rear end kicked by Bruce Lee...I didnt know he was still alive

    November 26, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Greg, Barrington, IL

    It always seems to come down to a large bloc of voters that equate how much one endorses the importance of faith and religion over intelligence, rational thought, education, foreign policy skill, strength of leadership, decency, and concern for all Americans. Chuck Norris: "Someone who is not afraid to stand up for a creator and resist secular influences! [sic] It seems like the folks that are not capable of thinking rationally about complex issues always fall back on the old tired and true (I mean tried and true) arguement that anybody that doesn't make a big deal about how religious they are is automatically "against" any religious belief or "moral" stance. Look... most of us are moral in our own way. Most of us believe in decency, clean living, patriotism, loyalty, respect for all types of people (well..some of us) kindness, and etc. It is this unfortunate holdover from the Puritan 1600s that so many people judge the standard of decency by the ability to roll one's eyes toward the sky and intone a professed devotion to faith, God, and to heck with anything else because it's just not important! This is not faith or religious belief, it is rather an effort by people that are confused and afraid of the world around them to try and find an anchor in their lives and make some sense of a world that grows increasingly complex and unstable. We dont need a president that is "not afraid to stand up for a creator" (the constitution does that) but rather a leader that can keep us safe, respected, and prosperous. Let's let the Middle Eastern barbarians be the ones that rule by theocracy and a society of intellectual darkness, Draconian punishment, and backward thinking.

    November 26, 2007 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. Andrew Shaffer, Iowa City Iowa

    Considering that “Chuck Norris” has now passed “Jesus Christ” in terms of Google search volume, it’s interesting that Mr. Norris continues to preach the Good Word while his own followers hang on his every word. His endorsement is as good as, if not better, than one from Jesus.

    November 26, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. Andrew Shaffer, Iowa City Iowa

    Considering that “Chuck Norris” has now passed “Jesus Christ” in terms of Google search volume, it’s interesting that Mr. Norris continues to preach the Good Word while his own followers hang on his every word. His endorsement is as good as, if not better, than one from Jesus.

    November 26, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. christian SELDEN NY

    Kyle, Houston, TX

    if you think he is reaching the "young voter demographic" then you cant be that young. especially with chuck norris!!!

    Tony G/Virginia

    i agree with you 100% why are these people FOR prayer in school. do they really think THAT will save america?? we have just had the most religious administration in american history as far as i can see and it was a complete failure, no matter what the ignorant people of this country want to believe. havent we learned our lesson from the past? a nation based on religion will always fail. isnt that one of the MAIN reasons our founding fathers fought so hard. we had a revolution for a reason and these so-called "real americans" are trying so hard to undo everything our ancestors fought so hard for. i know a girl that was homeschooled then put into a christian jr high school and a christian high school and now going to a christian college and she can barely spell. she has no idea about science or math and she wants to go to a regular college but her mother is refusing to let her go to one!! these are the same people voting for prayer in school! its such a shame....look prayer works for some people but for others it doesnt. and as a democracy you CANT force BELIEFS on people especially in school. look at what they do in the middle east!! we are so against that but these hypocritical christians cant even see the difference because they see there religion as "good" and their religion as evil. its just so sad. and chuck norris?!?! you cant be seriouos look at the man. you know you cant have a normal conversation with him he looks like an anti-social manequin!!! i wish this country could grow and understand CHANGE IS GOOD!!!!

    please let the democrats win, at least we wont have to deal with ideoligists that will force there ideas on everyone else.

    November 27, 2007 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. Fab, Conway, Arkansas

    I heard that Fred Thompson, former star of TV's "Law and Order" was endorsing Fred Thompson for President. Go Fred!

    November 27, 2007 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  12. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "On Saturday in South Carolina, Huckabee said if there was an "imminent threat" inside Pakistan, he would take military action there, even if it meant violating Pakistan's sovereignty under international law."

    What the country does not need is another Christian Cowboy ... no country left unbombed ... those who are willing to ignore international laws, also are willing to ignore our own laws ...

    November 27, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  13. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    Charles Bronson is much cooler than Chuck Norris anyways.

    November 27, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    The quickest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris's fist.

    The only hope the other Republican candidates have at this point is to secure the endorsement of Vin Diesel or Mr T.

    November 27, 2007 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. Claudette, TX

    To Wayne in Greenville Texas:

    There will be a coming...and you "apes" won't be going!

    Evolution is a concept IMAGINED in a MAN'S mind to make MAN absolute of his own "self-given" authority. You "apes" will just have to see to believe. But when that day DOES come, it will be too late for the "apes". How sad is it to believe that only MAN is in control. Men have done such a wonderful job proving their greatness.

    I will pray for you!

    I want a President that does NOT think that power starts and stops at their hands, but in fact realizes that GOD exists and has the humility to ask GOD for guidance.

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

    November 27, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. SyF, Chicago IL

    When kids go to bed they check their closests for the boogie man, when the boogie man goes to sleep he checks for Chuck Norris.

    November 27, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Travis, Columbus, OH

    Hey Jack from Fairfield, IA, let me clarify my point, which perhaps was obscurred by my allusion to the Second Law of Thermodynamics: "The second law of thermodynamics is an expression of the universal law of increasing entropy, stating that the entropy of an isolated system which is not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium." In other words, in a closed system, heat moves from hot to cold until there is equalibrium. Perhaps I should have simply stated the more general principal at work: that everything decays. Yet macroevolution teaches that we build more and more complex things out of simple things without any outside help. Things decay over time. I know of no counterexample, other than the theory of evolution. Jack, how about you explain to me the complete absence of missing links in the fossil record. You see, not only did I learn about evolution inside school, but I've read critiques of it outside of school, which is apparently more than you're willing to do. But no, because I believe in things I can't see, I must be stupid.

    November 27, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Alan, Olathe, KS

    A has-been endorsing a never-was. Politics are so silly.

    Posted By Sandy, St. Paul, MN : November 26, 2007 12:06 pm

    At least someone brought up Oprah and Barrack

    December 5, 2007 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. JOSEPH

    Endorsing someone does not include you in everything the candidate has to stand for. There are some people that don't agree with everything this candidate has to say or exactly everything he may stand for, but at some point you have to back someone that stands for the basics. I believe this is what Chuck Norris is backing. Not everything, but most of everything. There are many different views of this debate, I believe the main theme is" What is best for America". let's go with that! If anyone, anyone has a better format, let's hear it!

    January 1, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  20. Ann Camarata

    I have to say that I haven't heard much about Mike Huckabee, but I am curious to know what he is about. Since I am an Independant in the political arena, and most Republicans are conservative, I like to reserve my judgement on people until I get to know more about them. Living in Rural America, we see a lot of Republican actions from the Western side of the state that seems to make decisions that impact of the Eastern side (Democrats) when they seem to not have any idea how their choices affect the daily lives of people that are greatly affected by them. Where does mr. Huckabee stand on the current issues raised daily by the current president and his actions on the impact of the American people as a whole?

    January 2, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  21. funny

    i heard these two want public schools to teach the bible. WOW i dont think I can think of a worse idea. yea i really can't. You cant force people to learn a book that millions have died over. if you believe in that stuff good for you if you don't good for you. YOU CANT FORCE PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN GOD!

    January 3, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. Paul Vernon Hills, IL.

    Now that I know who Mike Huckabee is you have my vote. Find a place for Chuck Norris in your administration. Our country was founded by people who believe in God. If you believe in God or you are an agnostic or atheist we live in a country where you can believe in what you want to believe in.
    Make it a Huckabee / Giuliani ticket and we have another republican in the White House. Don't forget McCain as Secretary of State.

    January 7, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |

    It's quite a shame to use a person of high esteem like Chuck Norris
    I have always had the highest respect for him, but after seeing and hearing
    the comments toward Sen. Mc Cain alot of the feeling is gone.

    From Mr. nice guy to the common run of the mill showman

    January 25, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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