At a bar-be-que fund raiser held for Mike Huckabee today at his Texas ranch, actor Chuck Norris spoke out about why he made the decision not to back John McCain for the 2008 Republican candidate:
“I didn’t pick John to support because I’m just afraid that the vice president would wind up taking over his job in that four-year presidency.”
The 67-year-old Norris continued to list his reasons for not backing a candidate who will turn 72 in August:
“So we need to find someone that can handle it for four years or eight years … that has the youth and vision and communication skills to make that work.”
Norris served up barbeque while Huckabee played his bass guitar with his band, Capital Offense.
It’s rather surprising to hear Norris’ “concern” over McCain’s “advanced” age as Norris is only five years younger.
Norris is 28 years older than his current wife, Gena O’Kelly. Twins Dakota and Danilee were born in 2001, which means Norris will be in his late 70’s when the two kids graduate from High School.
Chuck on staying fit: “The reason I have to work out so hard to stay in good shape now is because Gena wants to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary together. I’ll be 108,but I intend to be there.”
Huck and Chuck
The Boston Globe wrote a piece on Huckabee’s relationship with Norris, how it was more than a “cameo role” for the actor known for his show, Walker, Texas Ranger, the 80’s action flick, Delta Force, and as a retired martial arts champion.
The Globe wrote how Norris was in Huckabee’s first campaign commercial and was involved every step of the way in Iowa and New Hampshire, riding along in the Huckabee bus plus appearances in South Carolina and the feted bar-be-que fund raiser at his own ranch.
Norris’ relationship with Norris has garnered some attention:
“They seem to be taking this in some ways to the next level,” said Bruce Buchanan, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Austin, adding that theHuckabee-Norris relationship is “like choosing a vice presidential candidate – kind of making up for your weakness.” Source – Boston Globe
The observation seems to be that Norris “completes” Huckabee, lending the formerly fat Arkansas governor the allure of Norris’ celebrity “muscle.”
According to Norris, “at least 200 people” ponied up the $1000 bucks per plate at the Sunday fund raiser.
In regards to Norris’ remarks about McCain’s “advanced” age, Huckabee refused to say McCain was too old:
“Only John McCain and his hairdresser know for sure,” he quipped, at a ranch house on the sprawling East Texas estate. “It is a very stressful position. … I’m not going to say he’s too old. I think he’s got a lot of inner strength, good genetic factors by his mom.” Source – Yahoo News
Since the 67-year-old Norris has two young children of his own, you’d think Norris would have a little more empathy for about to be 72, McCain. But then again, Norris lives in the rarefied air of celebrity, where age is merely a matter of air-brushing and a box of Hair Color For Men.