Celebrities - Democrats or Republicans?

Slideshow posted in Photos | Thursday, December 29, 2011

23 of 42: Chuck Norris, who has inspired a slew of jokes about his toughness, has endorsed Republican leader Newt Gingrinch as his pick for the 2012 presidential election.

In a column posted on World News Daily, an independent conservative news website, Norris slams President Barack Obama, who he says 'has tried and failed miserably to fix our economy.'

'Rome is burning, and we need to appoint the best firemen possible to rush in and put out her fury,' the actor says in his piece, titled, 'My endorsement for president.' 'What's critical at this point is to appoint a commander in chief who can clearly lead America to a more solvent and secure future.'

Norris lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Gena and their 9-year-old twin son and daughter, Dakota and Danilee. He has supported Republican candidates for years. He has donated more than $45,000 to right-wing groups such as the Tea Party Express and the National Republican Trust and to candidates such as George W. Bush, his father George Bush and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Norris rose to fame with the 1990s series 'Walker: Texas Ranger' and has inspired online lists of fan-written 'facts' - such as, 'There are only two things that can cut diamonds: Other diamonds, and Chuck Norris.'

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who recently withdrew his bid for president and endorced Gingrich, was the one who appointed Norris and his brother actual Texas Rangers. They were made honorary members of the law enforcement group in December 2010 (see video).

'We agree with our friend and governor of the great state of Texas, Rick Perry, when he suspended his campaign and endorsed Gingrich, that Newt 'has the heart of a conservative reformer,'' Norris adds in his column, speaking also on behalf of his wife.

'We believe Newt's experience, leadership, knowledge, wisdom, faith and even humility to learn from his failures (personal and public) can return America to her glory days. And he is the best man left on the battlefield who is able to outwit, outplay and outlast Obama and his campaign machine,' Norris adds, referencing the popular slogan of the CBS reality series 'Survivor.'

Meanwhile, Norris is gearing up to make a major acting comeback. In August 2012, just after the November election, he can be seen in "The Expendables 2," which his first feature film in more than six years.

(Pictured: Newt Gingrich New appears at the East Side Tea Party Town Hall in Orlando, Florida in September 2011 in this photo posted on his Facebook page. / Chuck Norris appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'The Expendables 2.' (facebook.com/newtgingrich / Millennium Films / Lionsgate)