November 15th, 2007
08:43 AM ET
15 years ago

Mrs. Huckabee: 2-for-3 with a grenade launcher

Mike Huckabee's wife once did some target practice with a grenade launcher.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - During an afternoon tea party at the elegant governor's mansion in the capital of South Carolina, former Arkansas first lady Janet Huckabee told CNN she is pretty handy with a grenade launcher.

Huckabee, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, said in an interview that she once shot a grenade launcher at a National Guard training camp in Arkansas.

"I have fired a grenade launcher and hit the target two out of three times, so I think that's pretty good odds for me," she said, noting that she had a special interest in military matters and has also jumped out of an airplane, flown in an F-16 and shot an MP5 submachine gun.

"I just was at the National Guard training camp at Camp Robinson and they just said we just want to, you know, introduce you to some of the equipment and some of the military guns that they have. And so one of them happened to be a grenade launcher, and so I shot it, and they said, 'You're good.' And I said, 'Thank you.'"

The tea party was just one stop on a South Carolina "First Ladies Bus Tour" for Mike Huckabee. Along with Janet Huckabee, the bus tour included two former South Carolina first ladies who are supporting Huckabee, Iris Campbell and Mary Wood Beasley, as well as former Arkansas first lady Gay White.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • South Carolina
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. p-brain, Bucyrus, OH

    Tea parties and a First Ladies Bus Tour...How nice for the "little woman."

    Have I just entered a time warp, and it's 1908?

    November 15, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. C,.Kl Justus sc

    That is very conceivable that she could hit the target on Governor's day at the camp.
    I was in the guards and on Governor's day the distance to the targets are always shortened and the targets have floor bags in the back for the small arms fire so when they are hit you see a white flash of floor escaping from the bag.
    I also shot the grenade exhibition for the governor and they told us to pull in the targets, but I shamed my partner into putting the targets to the right distance so we were the only ones who was shooting at the required distance for the ammunition being used except the 106 mm recoilless rifle which also was shooting the required distance.
    If you are watching the exhibition on governors day it is a fraud or at least it was when I was in the national guard in the 1950's and early 1960's. I doubt it has changed, it is eye wash for the governor and his cohorts.

    November 15, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Matt Nashville, TN

    People,People,People lets not underestimate the importance of this our leader is handy with a gernade launcher. So, if we go to war we can send him out there to fight with our boys in the army and he doesn't have an excuse. Hahaha what a joke.

    November 15, 2007 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Andrew, Statesboro, GA

    Its kinda hard to miss with a GRENADE launcher.

    Why is this even news? Heres somehting CNN forgot to report on:

    November 15, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. James, Phoenix AZ

    LOL... are most of you dems so bitter and tightly wound you can't lighten up?

    She went to visit a training camp and they let her pop-off a few rounds. What's the big eff'n deal?

    The only thing that would have made the story more enjoyable... is if Code-Pink had been invited too... to catch the grenades.

    (I know I know... some of you libs are about to have a major hissy fit because you don't have a sense of humor.... R-Shier... where are you man?)

    November 15, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Steve, NY

    Mrs. Huckabee hit with 2 of 3 grenades....In a related story, Rudy misses with 2 of 3 wives.....

    November 15, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. John, Michigan

    I am curious why she was there. What type launcher? Dummy round?
    Isn't better to train those who deploy?

    (and why nothing about whether she liked her tea?)

    November 15, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    Back in 'Nam times it was "Kill a commie for Christ." Now it's "Grenade launchers for Christ?" Frightening.

    November 15, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. JD Rugby ND

    That's nice...

    November 15, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Kenosha, WI

    Why don't Mrs Huckabee enlist for Iraq? They sure can use her help.

    November 15, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Greg, NY, NY

    Mike, Jacksonville, FL,

    That wasn't completely geared at conservatives, it was actually a George Carlin quote. Just wanted to see if it got any reactions.

    As for your question about mass shootings at gun ranges. Ask yourself this question. Would you go on a shooting rampage at a GUN RANGE? NOOO! Everyone there has a gun, why would you do that? lol You'd get nowhere pretty quick.

    November 15, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Greg, Liverpool, NY

    Why do all Republicans surround themselves with monstrous weapons and suicidal theology? Wait, are we talking about radical Islam or conservative Christian politicians with guns and End Times delusions? I can't remember these days. The only differenc ebetween the two is manufactured political legitimacy.

    November 15, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Tannim

    Mrs. Rev. HuckaBomb? LOL.

    It's bad enough he's a chickenhawk, but her too? No, thanks!

    November 15, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Steve in SC

    Chris in FL, The Huckabees are false Christians because you say? Kinda judgmental are we? Just to remind you King David was a warrior and "a man after God's Heart". Ever hear of Joshua and the battle of Jericho? Yes Christians are loving and compassionate but no one said we have to be wimps! Lay the judgement down!

    November 15, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Steve in SC

    My comments to Chris in FL apply to you as well Tim in Lodi!

    November 15, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. G. Zuss, Bethelem, GA+

    To Steve in SC: All that Jericho stuff is Old Testament. Christianity is the New (Testament). That's why it's called Christ-ianity. Get with the game plan.

    November 15, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Annoyed, Somewhere MA

    This is NOT news. This is tabloid trash. Are you a rag or a respectable news agency, CNN? Pick a side, we're at war.

    November 15, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. jo, ATL GA

    To: Steve in SC

    IF King David and Joshua tried that today, they will be tried as war criminals.

    Times have change. That's why Jesus came and died for our sins.

    November 15, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Steve in SC

    G Zuss in Bethelhem, The Old Testament is a part of our history as Christians. You DO realize Christianity was borne of Judiasm! (Jesus Christ was a Jew) Here is the game plan: When has God condemned war? I will patiently await your answer. Hopeful this is not the extent of your arguement!

    November 15, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. mo,la ca

    great, we should elect huckabee, if he launches a war he has no choice but to send his wife into the action. we need good grenade launcherers especially in iraq.

    November 15, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. G. Zuss, Bethelem, GA

    To Steve C: Here is my answer: I am not a Christian.
    What you believe is only belief–yours. Don't assume it's for everyone because it isn't. Your game isn't the only one in town.

    November 15, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Brandon, Tampa, FL

    So your wife's good with a grenade launcher. Good for her.

    November 16, 2007 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. paul, detroit, mi

    God, Guns, and Guts... OH YEAH!!! My kind of people and her son packs a 40cal. pistol... They make George look like a girly-man. It don't get better than this, skip the primary and put them into office!!! Osama would surrender.

    November 24, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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