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Huckabee Nabs Coveted Chuck Norris Endorsement

Fred Thompson not only is not dominating the field in gaining support from Christian conservatives and voters in the South, he's also not even sweeping an even more obvious part of his base: conservative actors in their 60s. Chuck Norris, who has moved on from karate films to become an outspoken advocate of prayer in schools and other conservative causes, says he's backing former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

In his column on the conservative site WorldNetDaily called Huckabee "The David among them," portraying the underdog Baptist pastor as the kind of candidate who could rise despite low fundraising.

"I recalled another leader in ancient times that didn't match up in the line up: King David," Norris wrote. "Seven men were poised and paraded for the position of king, but David was left in the field shepherding because he wasn't "a frontrunner in the polls. They overlooked the best because they were too busy judging by outward appearance. But God appointed David king. It's time to quit choosing our leaders based solely upon charisma or one strong suit, and move back to being a culture which esteems and elects its leaders because of character and qualifications. It's substance, not pizzazz, we should want in a leader. Mike Huckabee is the real deal."

After finishing second in a straw poll of Christian conservatives last weekend, the question remains if Huckabee can turn the strong enthusiasm from his backers and his good performances in debates into the kind of candidacy that would win key states. His fundraising has been anemic, he's raised only $2.3 million this year and that made potential supporters weary of his backing a loser. At the time, Huckabee's poll numbers in Iowa have steadily risen and activists there say he could make finish in second behind former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and ahead of Thompson.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  October 22, 2007; 12:48 PM ET
 
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To signfsh:
As I understand it, isn't fairtax taking away the income tax and having an enormous sales tax? I personally don't consider taking tax away here and tagging it on over there to be very fair. (pardon the rhyme) I think fairtax is a way to trick us into accepting taxes when we shouldn't have to. (Except for a modest sales tax.) Fairtax needs to be thrown overboard along w/ the tea.

Also to anyone:
I'm just curious. Does anyone get the impression that Mr. Huckabee is wearing his Christianity on his sleaves to an extent, in order to mobilize the Christians to vote for him?

Posted by: drewk2 | December 3, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

And to think I was once a huge Chuck Norris fan! What an idiot! Instead of making stupid slim gym commercials with airhead Christie Brinkley, Norris should "shape up" by reading about what the Huckster did to Arkansas, how corruption ran rampant there and most especially, his secret pact with Tyson Chicken allowing them to hire illegal aliens at slave wages instead of American citizens at living wages. He is certainly no "outsider"! What rsctt603 and other Huckabee bootlickers and illegal alien labor-loving posters don't want to admit it the fact that the reason Huckabee is as low in popularity as he is with conservatives is because he's just like Hillary Clinton--an open borders pro-amnesty fool who could never get the GOP nomination. If liberal Ghouliani gets the nomination, Huckabee may very well end up as the VP nominee, but that would bje a losing ticket. The two most UNpopular GOP candidates among real conservatives are Ghouliani and the Huckster. Case closed.

Posted by: levotb1 | November 6, 2007 4:19 AM | Report abuse

For Clell,
I may not be getting the same information that you have available. And time, and the scrutiny of the American media complex will expose Huckabee if he isn't what he claims. But, I strongly believe that as a republican we need change, we need roots, we need humility, we need to cut the strings to big globalist businesses who are running our government like it was their own little play toy with a complete disregard of the American people. Only a regard for the financial bottomline. Just what their unethical, amoral business courses teach them at graduate school. Romney will be able to make it through the gauntlet simply by fronting himself some of his estimated $250 million fortune. But he doesn't have the fire,and has built his political legacy by positioning himself where he had the best opportunity to win. Just like any good consumate MBA businessman would. I was originally from Massachusetts years ago and believe me there is NO WAY a true conservative could win any political office in that state by espousing their conservative core beliefs, that is if they had them. So I believe that Romney is an opportunist, not a true conservative at heart. I believe that Fred Thompson is the same. I originally was for him, but we must remember that one of his chief sponsors is Former Sen. Howard Baker, who is a political pragmatist NOT a true conservative. I believe that the same is true of Thompson, he sees this as a prime opportunity, and is making his once in a lifetime leap. Rudy Guiliani is a love him or leave him type of guy. No conservative, but if the republican party were in real danger of losing even more control in Congress he might be our last best hope as a party, but certianly not for conservatives as a whole. We could expect candidness but could only get his attention if he new that he really owed his winning to a large hold your nose and vote, conservative block. WE must give attention and national exposure to people like Mike Huckabee to offer our country some real choices from real people, not cardboard cut outs. The worst outcome of this election would be the consolidation of a Hillary win, with a solid liberal Democratic majority in both houses. Even Bill Clinton didn't have that thank goodness. That one thought alone should make EVERY conservative get out the vote, get out ther wallets, and give all of our candidates the time, exposure, and as much help as we possibly can. Because you rest assured that like with our own meglomanic Richard Nixon, the darkest times of a Hillary presidency will make Watergate look like a walk in the park. And as we have seen, Hillary takes NO prisoners.

Posted by: rsctt603 | October 24, 2007 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris round house kicked Huckabee into the lead.

Posted by: Retiiiired | October 23, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Chuck for backing someone who has clear views about where our country is, where it is headed, and where it started...- Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard (1994)

Posted by: quick-shot | October 23, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris, Texas wimp. I wouldn't pay too much attention to his endorsements. In 2004, he announced his endorsement of Lupe Valdez for Sheriff of Dallas County, because of her stellar record in law enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security, and the military. He had even recorded a radio spot for her-but then, he found out she's a DEMOCRAT and ran away from the project like a girlie-man. What a wimp. Read all about it at this link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/10/22/192628/22#10

Posted by: CoolOnion | October 23, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

An honest question:

Is a Chuck Norris endorsement actually worth something? In the slightly-longer run, does this help or hurt Huckabee?

Posted by: Skip_Lively | October 23, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Huckabee big on federal government??? This guy is FAIRTAX BABY!!! This is the most exciting, intelligent, and conservative issue brought to the race so far...and it will pay off for Huck! A million fairtax fans are poised to help out Mike for their cause. If you don't know about the faitax, you should.

Posted by: FairMark | October 23, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

to rsctt603. What we need to do is expose Huckabee for what he is: A big government politician just like GWB. He has no intention of living by the oath to uphold the COTUS. That would make him a liar according to the Bible. And all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire. Huckabee is a wolf in sheep's clothing. believe he's a "good" guy if you want. 4 years from now you'll be sorry. unless of course you like slavery and Big Brother.

Posted by: clell1 | October 23, 2007 2:39 AM | Report abuse

I have come to the conclusion that the huge bloc of conservative christian republicans need to be more open to helping support Huckabee. He is an outsider to the system. A man of strong character and conviction. Someone who seems to have a natural pulse for the common man, and the unique ability to communicate at that level. If he were a millionare from a larger state, you could really say that he resembles Ronald Reagan the most. And as a party, and nation we need that again. Most people forget that Reagan the man, and his values redefined the republican party for that 80's generation. He was not like the set of "so called" conservatives of the Bush administration. And as Christian voters we need a new common man with lofty goals to have us again aspire to serve the greater good. We need someone who is humble enough to say that the republican party blew it, and ask for the American peoples forgiveness, but at the same time lay out a new agenda. expanding on what were the conservative goals of the Reagan area but adapt them for our generation and the 21st century. It seems that we Christians are the hardest to adapt to our times. Even during Reagan's days they were comparing it to re-establishing the 1950's. But the truth was he took the outline of the good that came from that era, but made the 1980's all his own.
So please, lets donate, let's fund, lets support the underdog who really has a shot. And best of all the ability or likabilty to really get to the heart of the American people. You know that's why they are hauling Bill Clinton around for Hillary. Because Bill can get to the heart, while Hillary just gets under your skin. Mike Huckabee is our chance to do it right this time around.

Posted by: rsctt603 | October 23, 2007 2:15 AM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson is about as conservative as John Edwards. He's pro-abortion (except when he needs the Christian vote) and anti-2nd amendment except when he needs the NRA vote. He's a member of the CFR. The CFR is not conservative!
Mike Huckabee wants to take my tax money and give it to illegal aliens, ban smoking nationwide, ban fatty foods, and will do nothing to reduce the size of the Federal Government. We don't need another "hope" from Arkansas.

Posted by: clell1 | October 23, 2007 1:47 AM | Report abuse

"His fundraising has been anemic"
This is true but think about why that rules him out as a "serious" candidate.

He can't pump money into TV spots?

I hope he does well for this reason.

If he has overcome the reliance on big money then this should be a headline. He also has very weak competition, so I would not underestimate him.

Posted by: bartlettparkneighborhood | October 22, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

The race is over. You can't stop Chuck.

Posted by: climesand | October 22, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I love Huck! I agree he has been the underdog, but is now making his presence known. I think he can beat the pants off Hillary. He speaks about the borders. We now know that illegal aliens are responsible for close to 10,000 deaths a years in this country. That's almost three times the amount of all our troops in 4 years. Our borders should never be a partisian issue. I think Mike Huckabee takes the security of our borders seriously. He's the man in 2008! He is one candid, bright and honest man.

Posted by: cabbagerose1 | October 22, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Chuck Norris is too short to endorse anyone. It's like Tom Cruise endorsing Fred Thompson

Posted by: Roofelstoon | October 22, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I love Chuck, and I like Huck!! That's awesome, and I believe soon enough the majority of people throughout the U.S. will endorse Huckabee. If the media would just give him a bit more fact time, he would take over the race now. I agree, a Huckabee/Guiliani ticket would be a great success.

www.mikehuckabee.com

Posted by: usaveteransoldier | October 22, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

good for Huckabee. I love watching him in the debates. He'd make a great VP for a candidate like Giuliani too.

Giuliani/Huckabee would be a formidable roadblock that Sen. Clinton's would struggle to get around on her parade to the whitehouse

Posted by: HokiePaul | October 22, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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