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. G. Niles, Marion, OH

    Maybe she can be enlisted to take out Osama bid
    Laden. No one else has been able to. Or maybe
    Cheney. He's pretty good with a rifle.

    November 14, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Kalvin Tupelo, Miss

    Grenade-launching wife... Chuck Norris heading up fundraising... I only wish Mike Huckabee could convince Ah-nold to get on board.

    Vee vill crush you girly-men, roundhouse kick your face, and grenade-launch until you vote for Huck!

    After Sunday morning services, of course.

    November 14, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Bob, Seattle

    Sounds like my mom. Good lady with her feet on the ground. Good sense of humor. Good natured. Honest.

    November 14, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Joe, Yorktown, VA

    Send her to Iraq!

    November 14, 2007 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. chris, loomis, ca

    Huckabee is rising in the polls and his wife can launch grenades....does it get any better in life!


    November 14, 2007 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. RightyTighty

    Sounds like a perfect first lady..

    November 14, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    Wow, that's a little tougher than Mitt Romney, the big bad hunter who "hunted pretty much his entire life" (as Mitt related in order to pander to the republican whacko gun nuts, the NRA etc).
    Turns out Mitt helped hunt a few squirrel and varmints one day when he was a teenager of 15 or 16, and then someone else invited him last year so that was "pretty much" his whole life.
    It's funny to watch these republicans being real tough with guns, but none of them are as "tuff" as Rudy Guiliani, who single-handedly withstood the 9-11 attacks merely by appearing in front of every available camera in the days after the WTC collapsed.

    November 14, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Mrs. Doubtfire

    Will she take this hobby to the White House Lawn if she does become first lady? That would get some press.

    November 14, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. George, IL

    And remind me again... why is this news?

    November 14, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Justin, Washington DC


    November 14, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. sam lutz, fl


    November 14, 2007 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  12. Eric, Cincinnati, Ohio

    We'll need a first lady who can launch grenades if we elect another Republican president!

    November 14, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. Matt, Raleigh,NC

    Now [b]That[/b] is the kind of WOMAN we need in the White house!!!

    She will mercilessly thwart any would be assassins!

    November 14, 2007 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. steven Bloomsbury New Jersey

    If mrs. huckabee is so darn good with a grenade launcher we should send her into the Iraq war.

    Steven, Bloomsbury NJ

    November 14, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. lava, North Pole

    Excuse me CNN. Which part of this article is intended to be news? And is it suppose to enlighten of something? Could you do us a favor and clarify?

    November 14, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    My wife is good at throwing things at me when she gets mad. Does this qualify me as President???

    November 14, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  17. Abel, Lancaster Pennsylvania

    so what? Who really cares. How is this remotely news?

    November 14, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Somone in, NY

    Dear CNN,

    This is not news.


    November 14, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Willy, Chesapeake, VA

    This is the man I vote for. He's likes the Fair Tax. HR 2525

    November 14, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Richard, St. Paul, Mn

    This is news?

    November 14, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. Tricia Charlottetown PEI

    It seems being trained in military warfare is very important to Republicans and their spouses!

    I'm a bit mystified as to why they would feel they need this training.

    November 14, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |

    And the pertinence to this story is what?

    November 14, 2007 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  23. JR Cincinnati, Oh.

    "Janet Huckabee told CNN she is pretty handy with a grenade launcher."


    November 14, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  24. Steve

    Seems like an interesting woman. However, America needs a President who understands 21st century science–not 1st century pseudo- science (creationism superstition).

    November 14, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  25. bob, sandiego, ca

    Sweet, she should volunteer for Iraq and protect our freedoms from the evil doers.

    November 14, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
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