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Millions of Americans follow when Chuck Norris leads. The Internet bends to his will. And now even wealthy presidential candidates feel the influence of his presence when he endorses a rival.


Chuck Norris

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign has produced an Internet video criticizing fellow GOP candidate Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, by using Norris’ words from a WND column.

The web video features side-by-side pictures of Huckabee and Norris, the former “Walker, Texas Ranger,” star and many-time world martial arts champion.

The announcer says, “Two good men, both into fitness. Both love Chuck Norris … But where do they stand on crime?”


Norris would “give a presidential pardon to no one, ever. Norris subdues criminals with just an icy stare,” continues the ad, quoting from his WND column from June 2007, which was titled, “If I am elected president.”

Then the screen flips to highlight Huckabee’s photograph, and the announcer continues, “And Mike Huckabee? He granted 1,033 pardons and commutations, including 12 convicted murderers. Huckabee granted more clemencies than the previous three governors combined.”

The advertisement attributes that information to an Associated Press article.

“Chuck Norris, Mike Huckabee. Now who deserves the roundhouse kick?” the ad finishes, with an animation of Norris’ photograph stretching to deliver a “Pow” to Huckabee’s picture.

The ad appeared shortly after a blogger at a Huckabee event asked Norris, “How much do you want to roundhouse kick Mitt Romney?” A CNN report said Norris responded with a laugh. “No, I don’t roundhouse kick. I choke,” reminding reporters of an interview with Larry King where he’d criticized the Romney campaign and said he’d like to “choke those guys out.”


Former Gov. Mike Huckabee

Norris has been writing his weekly column exclusively for WND since Oct. 23, 2006. The star of “Walker: Texas Ranger” and some of the biggest action pictures ever, Norris is reaching a new generation as part of the Internet craze for one-liners usually labeled not as jokes but as “facts.”

One such “fact” is: “They wanted to put Chuck Norris on Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn’t tough enough for Chuck’s beard,” and many of them are available on the WND Forum called Chuck Norris Laughlines.

It was June when he speculated on a Chuck Norris presidency:

 

I was wondering the other day, if I ran for president, what would be my campaign promises?

I made a list I’m certain can get me elected.

If I’m elected president, I will…

Require members of Congress to work out on the Total Gym 15 minutes each day – or else they can’t vote on anything.

Cut spending by dismissing the Secret Service, at least for my eight years in office (why would I need them?).

Give a presidential pardon to … no one, ever. Baretta was right in the ’70s, “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time. Don’t do it!”

Turn the Rose Garden into a new fighting ring for the World Combat League, in which liberals and conservatives will fight for legislative leadership and priority. (For fun, Saturday night fights will feature a recurring bout between Hannity and Colmes). “American Idol” already told me they will provide the entertainment.

Require Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to personally pay for national, comprehensive medical coverage for every American (or meet me in the Rose Garden).

He also suggested taking the governor of California along on a “kick butt and ask questions later” USO world tour to convey his plan for world peace to the United Nations.

Zeta Interactive has confirmed that when Norris endorsed Huckabee in a later WND column, it sparked a spike of 66 percent in Internet posts on Huckabee.

When Norris wrote of his endorsement of Huckabee, the former governor was holding support from about eight percent of voters, according to Rasmussen Reports, which is considered one of the most accurate tracking polls available.

Within a couple days, the time it took for the Norris column to make the rounds of the blogs and media sites, Huckabee’s support rose to 10 percent, his first time ever in double digits, and within another day it was at 12 percent.

Assuming the accuracy of the poll, and the estimated U.S. population of about 300 million, each percentage point would reflect the opinion of those representing about 3million people, except that would be halved, roughly, because the poll divides Americans into Republican and Democrat camps. A two-point change, then, would reflect a change in those polled who are assumed to represent about 3 million people.

Alice Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Huckabee campaign, told WND that the Chuck Norris endorsement definitely produced results.

“He certainly had a surge with the endorsement from Chuck Norris,” she told WND. And she said another surge came with the release of a Chuck Norris television ad with Huckabee. In it, Huckabee talks about his solution to enforcement of U.S. border laws.

“Two words,” he says. “Chuck Norris.”

“That hit the airwaves in Iowa, it was picked up nationally and the interest rose. That was a part of the surge,” Stewart said.

“Though [Rudy] Giuliani might be savvy enough to lead people, Fred Thompson wise enough to wade through the tides of politics, [John] McCain tough enough to fight terrorism, and [Mitt] Romney business-minded enough to grow our economy, I believe the only one who has all of the characteristics to lead America forward into the future is ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,” Chuck Norris wrote in his endorsement.

Huckabee’s campaign also reported a surge in campaign contributions – of about $550,000 – in just days after the Norris endorsement.

Some other samples of the Chuck Norris Internet “facts” include:

 

  • “Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that’s why there are no signs of life there.”
  • “Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.”
  • “Chuck Norris sleeps with a night-light because the dark is afraid of him.”
  • “Superman owns a pair of Chuck Norris pajamas.”
  • “There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.”
  • “When the boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris.”

His career began not in movies, television or in the world of Internet trivia. The man who has employed martial arts in so many of his pictures first came to the world’s attention as a real-life martial arts star. He was a six-time undefeated World Professional MiddleWeight Karate Champion. He was also a renowned teacher in the martial arts, with celebrity students including Steve McQueen, Bob Barker, Priscilla Presley and Donnie and Marie Osmond.

He has gone on to found the United Fighting Arts Federation with over 2,300 black belts all over the world. In 1997, Norris achieved another milestone in his life by being the first man ever in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded an eighth-degree Black Belt Grand Master recognition in the Tae Kwon Do system. This was a first in 4,500 years of tradition.

In 2004, Norris wrote his autobiography, “Against All Odds,” telling how he overcame a difficult childhood and achieved success, thanks to his Christian faith.

Asked how he would like to be remembered, Norris answered, as a humanitarian. Here are some his efforts on that score:

 

  • As spokesman for United Way, his eight-minute commercial helped bring in over $2 billion.
  • Veterans Administration spokesman, visiting V.A. hospitals and speaking with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans – including one from World War I.
  • Actively involved with the Make A Wish Foundation for 29 years.
  • He has won the Jewish Humanitarian Man of the Year Award.

For Norris, however, the most rewarding accomplishment was the creation of his Kick-Start Foundation. With the help of President Bush, he implemented a program teaching the martial arts to 150 high-risk children at M.C. Williams Middle School in Houston, Texas, as part of the school curriculum. The program was so successful in helping to instill discipline and respect in the kids, as well as getting them out of gangs, that the program is now in 30 schools with more than 4,200 young boys and girls actively participating.

Norris and his wife, Gena, last year joined the board of directors of the National Council on Bible Curriculum In Public Schools with the quest of helping students understand the Bible’s impact on history and literature. Both Norrises are featured in a popular television public service announcement that encourages citizens to bring the Bible back to America’s public schools as an available elective course of study. The announcements are aired on several national networks.

The Norris announcements inform viewers that they can call the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools to receive information on how any citizen can help their local school board implement the NCBCPS curriculum. Already this year a record 49 new school districts have decided to offer “The Bible in History and Literature” course. Nationwide, 370 school districts have approved the course for use in over 1,350 schools in 37 states. More than 93 percent of school boards approached with the curriculum have voted to implement it, and the NCBCPS materials have never been legally challenged.

WND was the commentary forum that first launched David Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly and others, including Farah, into national syndication. It also recently launched weekly columns by “Ten Commandments” Judge Roy Moore, Home School Legal Defense Association founder Michael Farris and entertainer Pat Boone.

 

 


 


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