December 16th, 2007
10:17 AM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee campaigns with Chuck Norris in North Country

Chuck Norris campaigns in New Hampshire with Mike Huckabee.

BERLIN, New Hampshire (CNN) –A snowy morning with bone chilling temperatures did not deter fans from seeing martial arts action hero, Chuck Norris' campaign debut in the Granite state, Saturday, with presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee.

In New Hampshire's North Country, supporters greeted the former Arkansas governor and Chuck Norris to rousing cheers of "Huck and Chuck!"

"I'm smart enough to know that most of you guys didn't come out on a Saturday morning to see Mike Huckabee," the presidential hopeful told the large crowd. "I know it helped a whole lot to bring one of America's living legends."

Norris, the cult hero of "Texas Walker Ranger," discussed how he had been dissatisfied with the Republican field of candidates and credited his online fans for introducing him to Huckabee.

"I started getting all these emails saying that we [fans] are backing Mike Huckabee for President," said Norris who endorsed Huckabee in late October after meeting with him at his Texas ranch. Since then, Norris has starred in a Huckabee television ad and accompanied the presidential candidate at CNN's You Tube Debate in Florida. The last candidate Norris actively endorsed was former President George H.W. Bush in 1988.

Later, while discussing the rising attacks on him from the republican presidential field, Huckabee joked that, with Chuck Norris on his team, he was prepared to fight.

"My opponents have taken out all the sharp knives in the kitchen right now and I'm sure they will get them all ready to slice and dice - and thank goodness for Chuck Norris. "

-CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • New Hampshire
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    I just know that Huck will be able to use his knowledge of the Bible to become a basis of knowledge to construct an economic plan. It would definately be better than someone who has 2 degrees in both Harvard and BYU, in both business and law, with top honors in both, along with numerous successful business ventures.
    Afterall, Huckabee could hire the swift boat veteran guy to drive a swift boat to barter and sell Bibles to the Chinese, so that they won't just dump all of the trillions of dollars that they are thinking of dumping. And if they refuse, then another Huck supporter, Chuck Norris, could beat the excrement out of them to comply. This would be great. Then he could send some of those other supporters, like the old pro wrestlers, i.e. Ric Flair, to back him up. They could then sell cheese whiz in a can by the case loads, Red Man Chewing Tabacco, cloudy Arkansas diamonds, along with Nascar posters. Then we will be able to get more free trade and balance our trade deficit. This will definately get us out of our impending financial crisis next year. After all, the whole world will be charmed by Huck's "authenticity" of character that the common folk in Iowa and South Carolina are looking for. Well America, your finally waking up.

    December 16, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Matt, Chicago, IL

    Chuck Norris is a theocratic tool–as evidenced by his frequent, ignorant, egomaniacal rantings on WorldNetDaily. That anyone considers this man's approval of Huckabee informative (except, perhaps, as one more reason NOT to vote for him) is indicative of the sad state of the American intellect.

    December 16, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Independent in IA

    Give Norris the Golden Globe Award for "Best Suck-Up". How soon do you think it'll be before he tries his fist at running for an office?

    December 16, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Dave, Issaquah, WA

    Wow, just shows the state journalism is in when they can't even get the name of a "cult hero"'s show right.

    The name of the show is "Walker, Texas Ranger" because Norris' character's name is Walker and he's a Texas Ranger. "Texas Walker Ranger" doesn't even make any sense.

    December 16, 2007 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Brian Godley, Glendale California

    Economic planning is crucial at this stage with so many bad economic indicators. We have record lows in the dollar, record foreclosures, record debt and now recent inflation figures show record highs. What does all this mean to the man on the street?

    1)Record lows in the dollar means the buying power of your savings is eroding fast. That means when you retire you won't be able to buy what you thought you could buy.

    2)Record debt means that we have to service more interest on the debt. That means more taxes to pay for it or less services.

    3)Social Security is wiped out. That means when it gets taken out of your check each week you won't get it back when you retire. The fund has been raided to pay for many things like war.

    4)Record foreclosures means that the housing bubble is popping and many people will owe more than their house is worth. If they want to move their stuck unless they can cough up the difference in what they owe vs what they will get.

    5)Inflation speaks for itself. Higher inflation means just like the dollar going lower you can't buy as much stuff as before. What offsets this to some degree is increases in wages. But guess what, they aren't keeping up with increased prices. The middle class is getting wiped out.

    There are a lot of other doom and gloom things I can talk about. But if we make some changes, which must be far reaching, comprehensive and a little uncomfortable, we can right this ship.
    That means again BIG changes. We won't get them from most of these current candidates. Huck seems very charming and safe but a nice charming guy won't get it done. We need to slash budgets and big time. We can start with the 4 TRILLION dollar war. If we pulled our military back to the US we would save $365 billion dollars a year. We could put $150 back into Social Security and save that fund. Then we could put $250 billion towards the debt. We stop printing money which promotes inflation. Then we let the market adjust even though there will be a credit cruch for a bit. When it settles with debt going down and our credit standing improving we have more leverage with the foreign entities that have been lending to us. They won't dump dollars and confidence in the dollar will go up and so will it's purchasing power. It makes it less attractive for them to dump dollars.

    Who is willing to do this? Ron Paul. For the sake of our kids future lets put all this name calling, bickering, chest thumping, etc aside. We all have a common enemy and that enemy is stupidity and economic disaster.

    December 16, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Jake, Atlanta, Ga

    I thought Chuck Norris was supposed to be perfect (according to all the funny jokes) but it turn out he is just a big idiot.

    December 16, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Lisla Lee, Dallas, TX

    Ask any real Texas Ranger how they feel about the stupid show Chuck Norris did pretending to actually be a Ranger. He was an embarrassment to the organization. I doubt many people from Texas will give a second glance to his "endorsement" to a candidate.

    Geez, next we'll have Jessica Simpson's dingy Dad, Joe, endorsing someone... after all, he's already endorsed Tony Romo as the guy he wants his daughter to hook up with. Wonder if it had anything to do with Romo's new mega millions contract with the Cowboys?

    December 16, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. David, Oregon City, Oregon

    A Must Read!
    I am retired from Arkansas Politics (1978-94) now living on the banks of the Illinois River in Oklahoma loving to trout fish quite often. I consider myself a “friend of Bill” Clinton that is having been personally invited (and attending) the White House on two occasions even visiting in the Oval office with the President. I think Bill was a good President.

    I have been listening to the Upper Class media today and for weeks talking about another gentleman from Hope. Most of the commentators agree the "bunker mentality" is a general election discussion Huckabee is moving toward. In truth Bush must be listening of late for he is beginning to move toward such a policy of talking to world leaders even our enemies the Foreign policy position Huckabee advocates in the article. Huckabee is a rare Republican that thinks using both sides of his brain and sees "green" cares about broken humanity and is endorsed by the NEA. He is a Republican cut of a different clothe that social conservatives, moderates and actually even some liberals can and will support! The elite and establishment Republicans despise Huckabee’s broken humanity policy and are praying the great fish (not a trout) of the bible will swallow him in the Republican primary sea! They mostly care about their money or selfishly the borders within their own habitation! The more they pray their Pharisaical prayers and preach their negative messages and God knows they are coming out of the woodwork the higher Mike goes in the Polls. I must say I am amused! There are even some right wing Arkansas Legislative Republicans that supported a policy which would allow migrant children to suffer or even possible die rather than provide for them medicine. They add to their position of closing the border (which Huckabee supports) an additional policy of not providing medication, or feeding the poor. They preach this policy as if it is from Jesus’s teachings. I am not sure what bible they have been reading. I have not found that policy in mine. The one I own and the one Mother Teresa read states “suffer the little children to come unto me”. I guess the Pharisaical Republicans have added to their bible we must ask what country the children come from and we must look at the color of their skin and if they are not “white American” they are illegal or different and we must not help them. You are right Governor Mike we are a better Country than that. Even Michael Moore is more right on this position than the right wing Pharisaical Republican Legislators fighting Mike Huckabee’s broken humanity policy that gives a human touch to Government.

    I recall in a debate some years back when a Democrat said to a Republican candidate called Dan something to the effect “you are no John F. Kennedy”. Hmm, I think the press is finally getting it that Mike Huckabee is no Pat Robinson. Elect ability? Huckabee beat the Clinton machine in Arkansas four times so I’ll let you answer that. Ed Rollins Reagan’s Architect and now Mike’s still likes donuts and booze and may be getting older and balder but his memory is still good and I think he’s got one more winning campaign in him. Ed remembered Democrats prayed for the Republican nomination of B rated movie star and eventual Governor Ronnie Reagan in 1980 and their prayers were answered. I guess they forgot to pray about the general election for Reagan won with a landslide. I read a few days ago a headline on Drudge and elsewhere the Democrats were again in a “silent” prayer mode for another “B rated star” guy in this case the “Mike” guy called Huckabee who they want to be the Republican nominee. They better be careful what they pray for because he is clothed in the same clothe as Reagan a “Great Communicator and Chief”! I wonder if their prayers will be answered again. Yes we agree with Mike “Jesus is to smart to run for office” and let us add to take sides but I do look forward to watching those old rerun movies with a B star actor replaced by a “Mike” guy.

    Jerry King

    December 16, 2007 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  9. Karen Houston TX

    I have never liked Chuck Norris, now I like him even less.

    I can't believe this "Class act" actually thinks he can be president.

    December 17, 2007 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  10. Hudson Spivey, Nagano, Japan

    it should read "Walker, Texas Ranger" for Norris's famous show.

    December 17, 2007 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  11. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Brian Godly,Glendale- You're right on target! I just wish the american voter wasn't mentally retarded. It's just wishful thinking at this point that any politician could get elected on sound fiscal principles. Keep pushing Paul so he can get this message out. Meanwhile,safeguard your tangible assets,the politically driven rate cuts have the fed borrowing funds from other countries to keep itself running. If there's a run on the banks,everyone's savings are all lost. We can use dollars for wallpaper like the germans did. Good time to invest everything in "worthless" farming land.

    December 17, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |