Chuck Norris Hosts Mike Huckabee Supporters at His Texas Ranch
Mike Huckabee got a boost from Chuck Norris this weekend. The action film star hosted an event at his Texas ranch for the Republican presidential candidate and his supporters who have raised money for Huckabee’s White House bid, according to Huckabee’s campaign.
The “Walker, Texas Ranger” star, who endorsed Huckabee in May, gave supporters a tour of his ranch on Sunday and showed them “his extensive library, fighting trophies, movie awards [and] an epic gun collection along with various other piece of memorabilia,” Huckabee spokesman Hogan Gidley told ABC News in an email.
The attendees, called “bundlers” for their work gathering together donations from other supporters, were invited to the ranch to thank them for raising “a certain amount for the campaign,” according to Gidley, who would not say what the amount was.
Huckabee on Sunday tweeted a photo with Norris, who has been a longtime supporter of the former Arkansas governor.
In 2007, the two made a humorous endorsement video that pivoted between Norris praising Huckabee’s conservatism and views on the IRS and gun rights, and Huckabee sharing “Chuck Norris ‘facts’” — hyperbolic jokes about the actor’s toughness (“Chuck Norris doesn’t endorse. He tells America how it’s gonna be.”)
“My plan to secure the border?” Huckabee said in the 2007 video. “Two words: Chuck. Norris.”
This election cycle, Norris didn’t wait to see how the crowded GOP field would pan out. When he backed Huckabee in May, he said in a statement that he was “very impressed” with everyone who had “thrown their hat into the ring,” but that he thought Huckabee was “the most qualified” and able “to communicate with all people, whether liberal or conservative.”
Norris’ representative did not respond to requests for comment from ABC News about Sunday’s event, but Norris and his wife posted a photo on Facebook. “We spent the day at our ranch with family & friends, including Mike Huckabee & his wife Janet. Thanks for a great time y’all.”