November 29th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
7 years ago

Huckabee floats idea of sending Hillary Clinton to space

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would be happy to see Sen. Hillary Clinton go into space.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he'd consider for NASA's exploration of space.

"Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars," he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA's programs.

"Whether it's the medical technologies that saved many of our lives and the lives of our families, it's the direct result from the space program," he said. "We need to put more money into space and technology exploration."

The question, posed by Steve Nielson of Denver, Colorado, asked if the candidates would commit to sending Americans to Mars by the year 2020.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado disagreed with Huckabee's promise and would not commit to sending anyone to Mars because, "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

- CNN's Adam P. Levy


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Frank, San Diego

    Neither very mature, nor very intelligent. In short, the perfect answer for a Republican crowd.

    November 28, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Tonya, Lakeland, FL

    I'd rather see Hillary as the first woman on Mars vs. the first female president! This response as well as his others clearly catapulted Huckabee in this campaign. Huckabee has went head to head with the Clinton's and isn't afraid of another round.

    November 28, 2007 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  3. Bobby, Pittsburgh, PA

    I believe it was actually Tancredo that said "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

    It is bad enough that you gave Paul the least amount of time to speak, but you also misquote him? Shameful journalism.

    November 28, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. Matt- Hattiesburg, MS

    Clearly the Republicans need some counseling. Their paranoia about Hillary Clinton is unhealthy.

    November 28, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Jimenez - Texas

    He must really really scared of Ms. Clinton to visualize her on another planet.

    November 28, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  6. karen nj

    Yes ! Send her to space !

    November 28, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Trent, Chapel Hill NC

    Are you sure that Ron Paul said that? I watched the entire debate and would've sworn that Paul didn't use that line about Mars. It was the bookend guy on the left, I've already forgotten his name...

    November 28, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Roy Grimm, New Haven,West Virginia

    Did any of them really answer the questions or did they talk in circles like lawyers always do??

    November 28, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Tina Atlanta, GA

    I thought Tancredo responded to Huckabee, not Paul.

    November 28, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Ed, Hilton NY

    Let me know if you need a seat belt extender.

    November 28, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. John, Arlington, VA

    I think it was Tom T. that disagreed, not Paul. He's right, but I still like Huck. Fire up the rocket!

    November 28, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. Hawk,Texas

    AND HUCKABEE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A CHRISTAN, AFTER WATCHING THE DEBATE ALL I SAW WAS A STAGE FULL OF GEORGE BUSH'S

    November 28, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Chris Ferenzi, Ashburn, VA

    It was Tom Tancredo, not Ron Paul, who said "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

    Regardless who said it, I find it a bit ridiculous being that NASA currently only has 0.1% of the Federal budget.

    November 28, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  14. Melissa Taylor Kansas City, MO

    The last paragraph of this article is a misprint. Ron Paul did not say this, that was Tancredo.

    November 28, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Asher Heimermann, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

    I thought it was a funny comment but I'm a Democrat. But, I'm more for Barack Obama and John Edwards so I guess I can agree with Huckabee.

    November 28, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. washington dc

    headlines compared to stories. keep it real. you're losing viewers because of your exaggeration of what was truly said. no wonder people are looking for alternatives for news.

    November 28, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  17. Bernard

    WRONG report. It wasn't Paul who disagreed with the idea. Idiot.

    November 28, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. G. Macdonald, Upland, CA

    That was a completely crass and outrageous thing to say about the next President of the United States, and something he come to deeply regret. Perhaps one of her first acts as president will be to decide that Mr. Huckabee should be the one blasted off into space.

    November 28, 2007 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. karen nj

    I thought it was Duncan Hunter who said send Hillary to space

    November 28, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  20. Lisa, Conway, South Carolina

    Another example of a question that seems to pale in comparison to those relating to the most pressing issues facing our nation: securing our borders, fiscal responsibility & balancing our budget, ending the "wars" in Iraq & Afganistan & bringing our troops home. CNN please don't waste valuable debate time on insignificant questions! The majority of Americans want to hear about the big issues.

    November 28, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. Christian, Tampa FL

    Actually, it was Tancredo who said we can't afford to go to Mars.

    November 28, 2007 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. Harry Walter, Louisville

    It would be better to send Mike Huckabee to Mars as it would raise the average IQ of both Earth and Mars.

    November 28, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  23. Esther, NY NY

    Whatever you think of the former preacher/full-time nut-job's theological and (non)scientific opinions, you have to admit Hicklberry I mean Huckabee definitely stole the show tonight with grace, charm, and some of the best (at least the most) lines. Go Huckster! Another fine product of Arkansas

    November 28, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    Yes ! Send her to space !

    Posted By karen nj : November 28, 2007 11:11 pm

    ...tied to the OUTSIDE of the rocket.

    November 28, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. Kevin

    When is Huckabee going to answer some hard questions? Love his sense of humor though.

    November 28, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
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