Action Hero Helps Draw Teens to Huckabee

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Martial arts expert and actor Chuck Norris campaigns for Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee on Jan. 7 in Mason, N.H. Justin Sillivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Politicos may think Barack Obama has the youth vote, but Mike Huckabee has a secret weapon: action hero Chuck Norris, who is luring teenage fans to Mike Huckabee's campaign stops. Some of them can even vote.

But young boys can't vote for president, and that's probably a good thing.

There is someone who is powerful enough to lure a 14-year-old to show up for a political rally. That person is Chuck Norris.

Tyler Graham is holding his book, The Truth about Chuck Norris, a collection of so-called "facts" about the karate star. Graham came to the Huckabee event in Windham, N.H., to ask Norris to sign it.

Never mind that Graham wasn't even born when Norris starred in Delta Force , or that he was just a kid when Norris wrestled a bear on Walker Texas Ranger. I don't need to tell you who won that fight.

But here's one fact about Norris that you might not know: He is not the best political speaker.

He gets cheers when he walks on stage, but the audience tends to zone out as he talks about education.

Reporters in the back of the room compete to come up with the best political version of Chuck Norris facts.

For instance, perhaps you didn't know that Huckabee's bumper stickers don't have glue? They stick to cars because Chuck told them to. And, when Chuck Norris gives a stump speech, it is on an actual stump — that he pulled from the ground with his teeth.

But the toughest guy on the stage might be Mike Huckabee, who has to listen to Norris' speech five times a day. Not that Norris isn't a powerful political prop.

When a heckler starts yelling at Huckabee from the back of the room, Huckabee is ready for it.

"Don't make me send Chuck back there," he says.

Huckabee rarely talks about his immigration policy, but why does he need to when he has ads like this: "My plan to secure the border? Two words: Chuck Norris."

It's hokey, or maybe even a little desperate, but politics is a sales job. You have to get people in the door, and some of those teenagers can actually vote, like 18-year-old Daniel Savasano.

"I honestly came today for Chuck Norris," Savasano starts to say. "But after hearing everything that Mike Huckabee said, I feel he would make a good president."

They might as well put it on the bumper sticker: "Come for the Chuck, Stay for the Huck."



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