May 16th, 2008
08:28 PM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee jokes about Obama ducking a gunman


Watch Huckabee's joke at the NRA Convention Friday. (starting at 0:50).

(CNN) - During a speech before the National Rifle Association convention Friday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee - who has endorsed presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - joked that an unexpected offstage noise was Democrat Barack Obama looking to avoid a gunman.

“That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak,” said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. “Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor.”

Obama supports extending the assault weapons ban, limits on gun sales, and a national law against carrying concealed weapons, with exceptions for retired police and military personnel. John McCain – whose legislative record was awarded a C+ rating by the NRA in 2004, but has received a perfect score – will address the group later Friday afternoon. His speech will include remarks "on the issue of unconditional negotiation with state sponsors of terror" that aides tell CNN’s Dana Bash are a direct response to Obama’s comments earlier Friday.

UPDATE, 8:28 PM: Huckabee released the following statement regarding his comments Friday, according to the New York Times website:
During my speech at the N.R.A., a loud noise backstage, that sounded like a chair falling, distracted the crowd and interrupted my speech. I made an off hand remark that was in no way intended to offend or disparage Sen. Obama. I apologize that my comments were offensive. That was never my intention.

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. Tjaye

    Wouldn't a normal person take cover if a gun were aimed at him?

    I don't get the joke.

    May 16, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Cammi317

    That is not funny AT ALL. He should apologize immediately.

    May 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. 52 year old Baltimore ,CPA, Black Women

    I am a hiliary supporter still!!!!! but who cares about Huckabee was he missing the news folks talking about him

    May 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Sharon Minnesota

    Huckabee, that was an uncalled for remark. I'm supporting John McCain but those kind of foolish statements do not help him.

    What in the world???

    May 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. RocketScience

    That was not funny in any way, shape or form.

    May 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Lynnette

    Huckabee, you are a total idiot.

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. TheNumantine


    He might have had an argument had he left that word out.

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Canadian

    Um...sorry...I don't understand. Did you mean Hillary????

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Alonzo Demetrius - FL

    Obama is a coward, an appeaser. He has stated this himself, that he would talk (talk, talk, talk!!!) to all heads of state including those who are likely planning attacks on our country. This is cowardice. Don't want it! Don't need it! Don't gimme it!!!!

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. brad

    cnn must have made an error on this report. Nobody especially a once serious candidate would actually be that stupid to say that. On top of that a Christian one.

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    I don't how old Huckabee is – but, I think our nation's sorrowful history makes these comments distasteful. Huckabee is the good humor man; but is way off base with his remarks.

    May 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. WeBoDave

    Governor Huckabee's remarks just aren't funny.

    May 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Midge from Ohio

    In this day and age a comment like that is not even funny. Shame on you Huckabee.

    May 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Bri in Charlottesville, VA

    Huckabee you are disgrace.

    May 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Diamond Ebs

    Somebody aimed a gun at him??????????????????????????????

    What is the matter with Republicans?

    May 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. RoRo

    That joke was not in good taste. I am disappointed in Huckabee. If someone tries to shoot Obama, it will be because this joke embolden them.

    May 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. La Raza.

    Wow! Unbelievable.

    May 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. sally in cali

    I think Cheney should take Huckabee out duck hunting.

    Shame on you Huckabee. And you call yourself a preacher or was that a panderer.

    May 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Lana

    Somebody arrest Huckabee and throw him in jail.

    May 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Johnny

    I see nothing funny about someone aiming a gun at a presidential candndidate or any other human bieng for that matter. With the current tones in the political cycle comments of this type are uncalled for . What would Gov. Huckaby do if a gun was pointed at him?

    May 16, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  21. RB

    Not funy at all. Absolutely inappropriate! I hope the media does its job and holds Huckabee accountable.

    May 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. tell the truth

    We should ban guns. How many more kids must die before american address this problem. People are shooting up college campus, shop mall and everything else. We needed to address this problem. Please wake up American and stop hidding the truth. I will be voting for Obama because he tells the truth more than McCain or Hilliary and the rest of the jokers. They are trying to play you.

    Go Obama

    May 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. JA Cook

    That's about as stupid a joke as any.

    Huckabee normally shows a pretty good sense of humor, but jokes about shooting at candidates are not funny.

    It doesn't fit with the overall mentality the NRA should be promoting either; that of solving problems or disagreements with bullets.

    May 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. white female

    Mike (LOSER) HUCK OR BEE that was not funny, you are as bad as your hating party members that why your standing in the spot you are in a loser and Sen. Obama is where he is.
    Typical ..........hating white man, that cling to his Gun, his religon and hating other that he don't understand are don't want to understand.
    Please ask God to forgive you tonight before you go to sleep.......because he knows and hear ALLLLLLL.

    May 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. Lauren-CO

    That is actually not funny.
    What an idiot

    May 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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