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. RON

    yo... i did like you.... but i dont now huckabee............with your FAT Wife... Dont you talk about OBAMA

    May 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I am so frustrated with the reporting on this election. Your audience are adults. We are concerned with fair housing, health care, the economy, and education and the majority of us thinks its cruel to suggest that someone would be pointing a gun at presumtive United States of America Demorcratic nominee. It's awful to finally see the republicans for who they are; it is shameful that the prospect of Barack being shot is somehow funny to anyone. This is terrible, terrible, terrible, there is so much wrong on so many levels with this...

    May 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Davind King

    Someone should point a gun at Huckabee and see what he does! Why is he even still here? Huckabee is SOOOO irrelevant. Why don't them Republicans go overand live in the Middle East. That's the area they are so fond of. Shipinng our tropps there, our money, buying their oil, shipping US jobs abroad. And they have the nerve to say they are patriotic!

    OBAMA '08

    May 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Kenneth M

    Funny how Mitt and Huck are both in a quest for RELEVANCE. The republicans are going to take a thorough and an interrupted beating this season; its as if they know it and are panicked to find a solution Here is a clue, rally around the things you have accomplished, promise what you know the electorate wants, demonstrate how you will deliver, and leave the rest to the human nature of the electorate. This beating does not have to be so one-sided, but it will be because you don’t know how to respect you opposition, so you wont be able to understand our appeal to your voters. Bye Bye Republicans.

    May 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Seam, Florida

    The noise was actually Dick Cheney pretending to act out special forces training by diving on a fake grenade. Next, he will accidently shoot someone in the audience.

    May 16, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. MIKE

    What do expect from a Red Neck preacher! The true REPUB colors are showing through. The statement in itself was racist.

    May 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Tom

    wow....that was a real stretch. and not funny?

    May 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. John

    I fail to see the humor in this statement.

    May 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. BenInOhio

    This joke is not even funny! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THESE REPUBLICANS!!!

    May 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. JOEY

    WOW. Truly tasteless. Just what we've come to expect from the Republicans.

    May 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Karen

    Wow!! Isn't this man a Baptist Preacher? Either this is the most irresponsible thing that I have ever heard an adult say or he's really trying to get Obama hurt. I really didn't know how sick Republican's are! Power hungry idiots with regard for no one! Don't think people are slow! Don't try and call out your Klan buddies on QT.

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. hey

    Wow... it's funny that the more republicans open their mouth the more votes Obama will get.

    Not funny at all.. joking about a very serious subject.

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Obama Nation

    He is the one who always things he is humorous but he is hardly humorous.

    Republican party is filled with idiots like Huck B*

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. JP

    Mike Huckabee may tell some bad jokes sometimes, but overall he's an honest good guy.

    Huckabee actually defended Obama in regards to Rev. Wright. Having been a pastor himself, Huckabee said that just because someone attends a church doesn't mean they agree with the pastor on everything they say.

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee for bring some common sense to this race.

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Minnesota Fats

    Wow, was that stupid.

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. carrie

    @Alonzo Demetrius – FL
    why are u so bitter?are u even allowed to vote?
    from your name you are def illegal.
    back ti the real issue

    huckabee is usually funny,but that comment was totally uncalled for and very inappropriate.i actually did like the guy,
    i hope he is on the change wagon and is trying to use reverse psychology to make macwar lose?i hope so

    May 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Janet

    This coming from a man who compares gay marriage to beastiality. Seriously – anything that comes out of his mouth should be taken with a grain of salt. The man (and I use that term loosely) has the i.q. of a tree stump.

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. What the Huck?

    That is like SO NOT funny, moron!!

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Huh?

    What a stupid comment. What would anyone with good sense do if someone aimed a gun at you? I had respect for Huckabee, even though he's a Republican. Once I thought he had a good sense of I think he's just a wannabe who's been relegated to the back pages of the 2008 election season.

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Whiskey

    To all the

    "If not Hillary then McCain" fools...yes fools. You obviously are not Democrats in any way , shape, or form and must be a gluton for punishment under the failed Republican rule.

    and, even dumber.......
    "Hillary in 2012" morons

    You think that she will be entitled the nomination once again. WRONG. I hear many people write how they are bitter and will not support Obama and that he can not beat McCain w/o your support. Well, there is a possibility that the statement may be true. But to think that people will support Hillary in 2012 after many of you plan on turning your back on the Democratic party because your candidate lost, YES LOST, are greatly mistaken.

    Smarten up and grow as an enlightened person.

    -57 female, white, lesbian, veteran, farmer from WV

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Brendan H.

    He's the former governor of a state that endorses inbreeding and he's making jokes about a candidate that would wipe the floor with him?!

    "From my cold, dead brain," right Huckleberry?!?!

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Nancy

    And that is supposed to be funny?????????????????? You're an idiot Huck. Oh yea, you are a Republican; that's to be expected. SNL gone to your head.????

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Karen Hunter

    OMFG....I can't believe that came out of an ordained ministers mouth. That is not only appalling and uncalled for....nothing funny about murder.

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. lil

    Remember what happened MLK and John Kennedy and Robert
    Kennedy they were all killed by guns. I guess it would have been funny if that really happened to Sen. Obama.

    Mr Huckabee you need to watch what you say some people take that
    stuff seriously.

    It sure wasnt funny.

    May 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. ATLian

    Was that supposed to be funny? How horrible.

    May 16, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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