February 12th, 2008
12:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee press pool runs out of gas

DULLES TOLL ROAD, Virginia (CNN) – Thirteen miles from Dulles International Airport, the Huckabee press van carrying reporters from Washington D.C. to the airport for a flight to Little Rock, Arkansas ground to a halt on the side of the highway, out of gas.

The driver turned the key over and over, desperately hoping that the gas needle firmly set on ‘E’ was wrong. The staffer in charge of wrangling the press called ahead to let the campaign know what had happened, as the press in the back of the van pondered whether there were any metaphorical implications.

Huckabee’s bodyman Drake Jarman appeared at the window - he'd seen us in distress, and pulled over in another van carrying more reporters coming from elsewhere in Washington. After dubbing himself a “knight in shining armor,” reporters quickly squeezed into the rescue van and were whisked to the airport.

As we sit on the plane, the traveling press is assured our bags had been salvaged from the side of the road and loaded on. We’ll find out in a few hours.

–CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt


Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Michael

    I know the problem must be mine (I'm a conservative), but I just don't get Huckabee. In a Proustian way, he is redolent of witch hazel, an ingredient of the small town barber.

    February 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Shannon Shiflett

    who cares. next.

    February 12, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Gary

    I guess their prayers for gas went unanswered. Either that, or Hickabee ran out of corporate donors to pay it. Maybe McCain will lend some from his coffers to help a buddy out.

    February 12, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Jim

    Huckabee is Super! Even if he doesn't get elected as President he has pointed out that everyone has the right to vote and that all the votes matter because this is America. He upholds the Law and supports correct thinking! For example: it is incorrect for queer couples to marry and he would make sure they cannot engage in a ceremony reserved for NORMAL people.

    Huckabee points out that the basis of law comes from the 10 commandments (which came from God), and all other laws are based on these fair and good commandments. Our founding fathers recognized this and wrote the constitution in such a way to ensure a strong America. Separation of church and state has nothing to do with obeying laws that uphold decency and truth.

    Huckabee unites America by upholding the law and rejecting the perversion that is overwhelming many confused Americans. America is great and will continue to be great as long as it's citizens honor the law. Perverted minds want to debase others and promote shame. Thank God for people like Mike Huckabee who will stand up for decency!

    Teach and preach TRUTH! Never be tolerant of shameful, debase, incorrect thinking!

    February 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Jim from SC

    America, vote your conscience, it's the only chance to get our Country back. Mike Huckabee is my choice and after voting on the Democratic “Presidential” ticket for 32 years, he is a candidate that can bring a Nation together. He also gives the Country a new face in Washington with fresh ideas and a zeal that places people above politics regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation. The Democrats understand the total validity of the campaign and realize that the Republicans will be lose in November unless they get behind an honest contender. By lose, I mean more than just the Presidential race.

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
    Benjamin Franklin

    February 12, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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