March 12th, 2009
05:06 AM ET
11 years ago

Chuck Norris for president … of Texas

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="If the State of Texas ever left the Union, Chuck Norris is interested in being president of the newly independent country."] (CNN) – Actor Chuck Norris has his eyes on the presidency, but not the White House. Norris wrote that he would be interested in becoming the president of Texas, if the state were ever to secede from the Union.

“I may run for president of Texas,” Norris wrote Monday in a column posted at WorldNetDaily. “That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.”

The actor claimed “thousands of cell groups will be united around the country in solidarity over the concerns for our nation” and said that if states decide to secede from the union, that Texas would lead the way.

“Anyone who has been around Texas for any length of time knows exactly what we'd do if the going got rough in America,” Norris wrote.

“Let there be no doubt about that.” Norris was a strong supporter of Mike Huckabee’s presidential bid, and he helped to draw attention to the former Arkansas governor’s campaign.

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  1. Nuck Chorris

    As long as you take Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter with you Chuck.

    March 11, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |

    Chuck Norris can run for the presidency of a country that isn't even real. And win.

    March 11, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Independent FL voter

    Walker, Texas Nutjob

    March 11, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. Lilly Rose

    I am disappointed in Chuck Norris. I always thought he was a pretty level-headed guy, but he is just an ordinary bigot like the rest. Pretty sad.

    March 11, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Eileen

    Hey Chuck – leave us millions of sensible Texans out of your lunacy.

    March 11, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. Joy

    Please secede, PLEASE! It would be the biggest gift you could give the rest of us rational, normal Americans. Take ALL of the wingnuts with you and watch your "country" of uneducated, hyper-hypocritical, Bible beating (this coming from a lifelong Baptist) extreme idealouges implode….wouldn't it be nice! Don't worry rational, free thinking Texans…you can always join the tolerant "Real America".

    March 11, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Julian Cook

    Speaking as someone who had the misfortune to live in Texas for a couple of years, all I can say is: YES! We can replace their state with Puerto Rico or the Canadian Maritimes once Quebec secedes. Texas will not be missed!

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Dave in Houston

    I wasn't born in Texas, but I got there as fast as I could! (It's an actual bumper sticker and my real-life biography.)

    Texas has done very well as one of the United States. It would be a disaster if we tried to become an independent country, especially if it meant bad relations with the other 49.

    This is just one last gasp of the right-wing crazies. The trends are not good for them. Texas is getting closer and closer to turning blue. Texas' biggest county, Harris County, voted for Obama. If John Cornyn had a serious Democratic opponent this time around, he could have lost. The only thing that can oppose the demographic trends would be some nutjob maneuver like secession.

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. D. No

    Texas seceding from the U.S.? Great idea, and take all them Bushes with y'all. Good riddance.

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. suzyku

    bye bye now! be sure to take bush and cheney with you. and don't forget huckabee and limbaugh, boehner, cantor, mccain and the rest of the crazy wingnuts.

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Diane

    As a real Christian who studies the Holy Bible let me warn those of you who will be left behind after the rapture of true believers (not any particular church or denomination) who put their faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and live their lives according to His word – Mr. Norris is the type of people who will be running everything when we Christians are no longer here to make any sense of what is going on. Mr. Norris is what the Bible calls a zealot – people who lived during the time that Jesus Christ lived and betrayed Him because He said He would not bring God's Kingdom to earth at that time. They take God's words and twist them to mean something different than what God intended for them to mean. We do not prepare the Kingdom and present it to Jesus when He returns – Jesus brings the Kingdom with Him when He returns to this earth to rule and reign because the Kingdom of God exists in the hearts and minds of those who believe in God, put their faith in Jesus Christ and live their lives in obedience to Him. After the rapture Christians will be taken into Heaven and will return with Jesus as His Kingdom. I encourage all to read and study a good and reliable translation of The Holy Bible – The Authorized King James Bible is a very good one. I recommend reading The Gospel of John in The New Testament first because the main theme is about how much God loves mankind and His free gift of salvation for all who choose to believe.

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. CAG/GA

    I think some States did this back in 1861 or thereabouts – – the Confederate States of America – – I don't think it can be done again
    Too bad though – –

    March 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. A. Kellogg

    Hey, Chuckie Baby, if Texas does secede, it should go back to the real owners, the people of Mexico.

    Chuck, you are one big butthead.

    March 11, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Rick from Denver

    Treason. Traitor. Threatening the President by calling him "an enemy of the state".

    I hope that the USA Patriot Act will now kick in, and make sure that his phones are tapped, his e-mails will be read.

    Oh, and that remark about Texas? I hope every Texan who reads this realized that he is saying that Texas should runaway because of our problems. He is calling you cowards.

    March 11, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. vst

    Tell Norris to make sure that Bloomberg and the MTA get some pork so that they will not raise fares.

    March 11, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. Heteroclite

    Actually Mr "Accountability" the U.S. Constitution is silent on the issue of the secession of a state from the union. Only one obscure and controversial Supreme Court ruling in 1869 (Texas vs. White) establishes any margin of precedence on the subject. This was after the civil war brought seceding states back into the union by military force.

    The bottom line is this: what Mr. Norris proposes has not been thoroughly tested in an impartial court of law. As long as he does not take up arms against the USA nor advocate its overthrow, there is no federal law preventing him (or anyone else for that matter) from seeking a popular referendum on secession.

    It is also held by Texas vs. White (though not stated explicitly in the Constitution) that a majority of the other 49 states would have to agree to the secession. This is the key area of controversy in the 1869 ruling.

    March 11, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Clint From Texas

    I have lost all respect for this guy. As far as I'm concerned, he's a traitor, terrorist, and total nutcase all wrapped in one.

    March 11, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  18. RAAGOS

    chuck norr need to isreal and run govner there. i cant believe he said that. we american's happy


    March 11, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Ernie in LA

    Why doesn't he just run for Governor? DUH

    March 11, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. LOL

    Chuck's next B movie

    March 11, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. Fatima

    OMG! Taking up arms to break up the union – isn't that terrorism? Obama will be the next Lincoln if there is a "civil war 2 in America".

    March 11, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. Dan in Chicago

    I've never lived in Texas... and generally, I probably would not want to live there... but if they adopted the right sort of liberty-minded principles/governance and seceded from the Union, I'd be very tempted to move.

    March 11, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. Dennis

    I've lived in Texas for quite a while now, and I have no idea what Mr. Norris is talking about. Nobody here that I know is anxious or foolish enough to secede from the United States. Sure, there are jokes about it, but they are just jokes.

    March 11, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Tope

    What a bleeping nutjob!

    March 11, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Rodney

    We can't just leave those poor Austiners to the mercy of the rest of Texas. What we need is some sort of rescue mission drawn up. God Bless those people - surrounded by salivating barbarians.

    March 11, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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