When former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee needed help, he turned to a man whose name is synonymous with greatness: Chuck Norris.
The action icon hosted Huckabee at his Texas ranch outside Houston on Sunday for an event to thank campaign supporters.
“Having a great day in #Texas w/ Chuck Norris! Thankful to have his wife & him on our team,” Huckabee tweeted on Sunday.
In his bestselling book, “Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America,” Norris provides real solutions for solving the nation’s problems, moving the country forward and changing its course for the better.
Huckabee spokesman Hogan Gidley told ABC News on Monday the event was specifically for campaign “bundlers” who raised “a certain amount for the campaign.”
Attendees were able to see Norris’ “extensive library, fighting trophies, movie awards [and] an epic gun collection along with various other piece of memorabilia,” Gidley added.
Norris, the star of “Walker: Texas Ranger” and some of the biggest action pictures ever, has been writing a weekly column exclusively for WND since Oct. 23, 2006.
He is also a New York Times bestselling author of “Black Belt Patriotism.”
As history shows, millions of Americans follow when Chuck Norris leads. In 2008, Zeta Interactive confirmed that when Norris endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Huckabee during that year’s presidential race in a 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.
Huckabee’s campaign also reported a surge in campaign contributions – of about $550,000 – in just days after the Norris endorsement.
Norris’ 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 more than 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.
Filled with side-splitting humor, “The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book,” Norris gives readers not only his favorite “facts,” roundhouse-kicked by the man himself, but also the stories behind the facts and the code by which he lives his life.