Chuck Norris on Huckabee Not Running

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In addition to being able to kick people very hard while wearing a cowboy hat, Chuck Norris is disappointed that Mike Huckabee will not run for president. In 2008, Norris was one of Huckabee's most prominent backers. After Huckabee announced on his Fox News show earlier this month that he won't run in 2012, Norris had this to say in his column at Townhall.com today:

I don't know at this time which Republican candidate running for the presidential seat has the overall qualifications to successfully out-debate Obama, win the presidency and get our country back on the right track. I deeply respect his decision, but I was extremely disappointed when Mike Huckabee announced that he will not be making a presidential run in this election. When I was on the campaign trail with Mike, he was connecting with not only the Republican base but also many liberal-leaning people. Mike had a great mix of African-American and Hispanic followers at his rallies, as well. ...

To that point, I feel that Mike has the ability to reach a wider spectrum of voters than any other candidate running, from Wall Street to Main Street, conservative to liberal and a diversity of all ethnic backgrounds. And quite possibly the most important issue of all is that I believe Mike has the ability to out-debate Obama, which would not be an easy task to do. We all know that Obama has the gift of gab and is a brazen young man who can make you believe he has your best interests at heart.

Norris, who has previously warned that Obama is seeking to establish a "one-world government," issued that warning again in light of recent GOP in-fighting:

I pray one of the Republican candidates can prove to us that he possesses the leadership to rally us all behind the fundamentals and lead us on to victory in the 2012 presidential election. If not, by 2016, we will be well on the road not only to our partisan demise but also to a one-world government, if we aren't already there.

Read Norris's full column at Townhall.com.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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