DES MOINES – Internationally known actor and martial arts champion Chuck Norris will appear at events in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Council Bluffs for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats during the final days of the primary election.
Vander Plaats’ campaign announced today that Norris, who writes a nationally syndicated column and is active in conservative and pro-family causes, will be in Iowa on June 4 and 5.
“Chuck and Gena Norris received a wildly enthusiastic response from Iowans when they visited the state on behalf of Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign,” said Vander Plaats, who was Huckabee’s Iowa chair. “They had a crowd of more than 2,500 Iowans at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines on relatively short notice the night before precinct caucuses. I know they’re going to generate a great deal of excitement as this year’s primary election comes down to the wire.”
Vander Plaats said logistical details of the events will be announced at a later date but he expects to appear with Norris for a mid-day rally in Davenport on Friday, June 4, and an early evening event in Cedar Rapids. They will hold a mid-day rally in Des Moines on Saturday, June 5, and an event in the Council Bluffs/Omaha area later that same day.
Norris began his martial arts training while serving in the U.S. Air Force in South Korea. He held the Professional Middleweight Karate champion title for six consecutive years. He has appeared in a number of popular films over the past 30 years, beginning with “Enter the Dragon” with Bruce Lee in 1972. He broadened his fan base with younger audiences, too, when he starred in the television series “Walker, Texas Ranger” from 1993 to 2001.
A devout Christian and political conservative, Norris writes a column for the website WorldNetDaily and is the author of several Christian-themed books, including the new, expanded version of Black Belt Patriot just published in paperback by Fidelis Books. He also authored The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book, which offers 101 facts and favorites stories of his life and was released by Tyndale House Publishers.
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