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. bcox

    i think we should Literally send her, but only so ling as her and her double minded philosophy cant return.

    And no I am not a republican.

    November 29, 2007 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Real Texan

    He may have been joking, but it's not a bad idea. Maybe build a huge mothership and load up all the Democrats in Congress, then send it up without enough fuel for the return trip.

    Splendid idea.

    November 29, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. therealist

    "How is it that voters can give Republicans credit for fiscal conservatism when they have increased the national debt..."

    Because past experience has shown us that Democrats make it even worse by spending even more. Just look at the candidates plans, whose is for cutting spending??

    November 29, 2007 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. C. K. Justus

    Huckabee would do well to explain to the American people what he would try to accomplish as president instead of trying to carry on Bush's program of dividing the country into hating each other.
    He says this and he was (is) a Baptist minister. Maybe he missed something during his stay at the seminary.
    Maybe that is the reason he is no longer guiding a Church, he has changed his spots and now is in the process of dividing and conquer, carrying on the vision of Bush.

    November 29, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Huckabee has been endorsed by Chuck Norris, the draft-dodging action hero fluke, and Rick Flair a "professional" wrestler.

    And he's criticizing and lampooning who?!?!?!

    November 29, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Frank, San Diego

    Like I said twelve hours ago, Huckabee's remark about Senator Clinton was neither very mature nor very intelligent. And the posts since then have proven me correct. It was the perfect response for a Republican audience.

    November 29, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. sickofyou ny ny

    Most of you keep showing your ignorance and hatred to the world, CNN is seen, heard and read all over the world, by showing that you are trash, you´ll get trash in return.

    November 29, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. T, Atlanta, GA

    It was just a joke people, in response to a pretty frivolous question. He was not serious about sending Hilary to Mars. If a Democrat had said that about Guliani or Thompson, you Democrats wouldn't be complaining – you would be laughing as well. Some of the questions that CNN chose to ask are very questionable – they should've stuck to the more serious issues. And where is the outrage over the "planted" question from a Hilary supporter ....

    November 29, 2007 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    To: Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Brendan...you definitely need to check your facts. Chuck Norris is a proud veteran of USAF and he served his country in the U.S. and overseas. I reget his endorsement of Huckleberry–but the guys a solid support of patriotic virtues and our country. Engage brain–then engage tongue.

    November 29, 2007 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. shannon NY

    Can we fast track this?

    November 29, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Dood Reality, USA

    All of this Hillary bashing is just going to send her to the White House. The ones doing it are the same fools that voted for Bush twice. The minority of Americans.

    You dittoheads just don't understand how much America hates YOU. We look forward to making you suffer in 2008.

    November 29, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Ray

    You call that quick wit, that is something Joe Six Pack would say and it wasnt even that funny. What would you expect from a guy who thinks the world is just a few thousand years old.

    November 29, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Frank, Los Angeles, CA

    I am a Hillary supporter and when i saw Huckabee last night saying this, i thought it was funny...lol...

    November 29, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Brad, Lincoln NE

    it was just a joke, people... lighten up. it's not like he insulted your mother.

    November 29, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Dr Auriel Combs Provo UT

    sending her to Mars is probably the only way the Republicans can beat her. Very trivial. Typical right wing rhetoric.

    November 29, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  16. KS, TX

    I'm too broke to be a republican and too smart to be a democrat....BUT I'd still chip in to send Hillary AND Bill to Mars.

    November 29, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Shane, Kansas City

    I'm still trying to figure out how a devoted Christian could be for the death penalty! What book is this guy reading?

    November 29, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Steve, Missouri

    First of all, to those offended by Huckabee's remark about Hillary being on the first rocket to Mars....Go out and buy yourself a sense of humor. Huckabee was extremely impressive and actually has a personality which seemed to be missing in the other candidates. I'll be looking for his stance on other important issues as the race progresses but I can see Huckabee making a very serious run in the upcoming elections. He has definate traits that remind me of Ronald Reagan.

    November 29, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Cindy, Austin TX

    I knew I was starting to really like Huckabee. But is Mars far enough. I say let's send her to Jupiter. Besides, she's already run the country for 8 years and shouldn't be allowed to get anymore.

    November 29, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. demwit

    Just think of the help Hillary's wealth of "strength and experience" will do for Martian global warming..

    November 29, 2007 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Yes, by all means – send her to Mars, and send Bill along with her. Then with any luck, the communciation and control link will be broken. Can you imagine Bill and Hillary lost in space, together, forever? What a great idea for a sitcom or reality show (or possibly a crime drama).

    November 29, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. Dooze, Mountain View, California

    I can't believe that nobody said add Chelsea to the flight to MARS! This needs to be a family flight and Chelsea has to be on board, well on board, tied outside all the same!

    You know what would be interesting though? Hackabee [or is it Hackacee] should get George W to captain that flight!

    November 29, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. Lee, yardley, pa

    I want to see McCain win the nom, but I have to agree with Huckabee about sending Hillary to Mars. Problem is, if there's life on Mars, she'd probably be sent back-postage due.

    November 29, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. conservative in Nebraska

    Wow! Where do you send money for the launch and how soon could she go? Only 11 more months for this national root canal of inanity!

    November 29, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. AJ, IL

    One of funny lines of the night. I'm in no way a Republican supporter, but in the Republican field, I do like Huckabee the best. He has the southern charm and witty responses but some of statements leave me wondering, is this guy for real? Huckabee said that America should get rid of the IRS with no option for how the federal government would run with no money.

    November 29, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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