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. AJ; Montpelier; VT

    Too bad she doesnt launch a grenade at his campaign.......

    November 15, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  2. Joe, Florida

    Scary huh!
    Imagine what she would do if he cheated on her; maybe take out a knife and baam! off with it.

    November 15, 2007 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  3. Greg, NY, NY

    These conservatives, very confusing people. Pro-life until you're born, then they hand you a rifle, or grenade launcher and give you the chance to die for your country and their god.

    They talk about banning toy guns, while they're keeping the real ones.

    November 15, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  4. Scott from Freehold

    How frightening that "This" is running for president.

    November 15, 2007 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Frustrated, Charlotte,NC

    As if we're not wasting enough ammunition on foreign soil, not to mention the risks involved with a civilian using military equipment... Nice... Anything the US Government can do to appease bored housewives, please–let's get on it. Better still, make a tour of it, and then trivialize it. What a classy bunch.

    November 15, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. Lee, Arlington VA

    First Chuck Norris will give you a roundhouse kick to the head if you don't vote for Huckabee, and now his wife will blow you away in case you still don't vote for the good preacher. I love democracy!

    November 15, 2007 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. J Corley Concord, NC

    Wonder where the third one ended up?

    November 15, 2007 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Adam, Houston, TX

    How is this news?

    November 15, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  9. JB Boston MA

    Send her to Iraq!

    This guy is coming on strong. With the Giulliani debacle, you may see this guy make a strong push.

    November 15, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. kevin, Chicago, Illinois

    Mrs. Huckabee is good wit a grenade launcher??? No wonder Chuck Norris endorsed Gov. Huckabee.

    November 15, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Al, Washington D.C.

    Janet Huckabee is cool! I don't see how this is news exactly, but good for her. Support our troops.

    November 15, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Was this before or after Chuck Norris roared up on a motorcycle and face-kicked some terrorists? I bet she's got a tattoo.

    November 15, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Kevin, Cleveland, Ohio

    Can you imagine what might happen if it ends up being Huckabee v. Edwards? Isn't it frightening to think of two level-headed candidates who speak well about issues important to them and connect with voters without blasting into one another's personal lives at every possible chance? It could never happen in this country, could it?

    November 15, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. james, buda, tx

    she must be a war monger, ha.

    November 15, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. ThirstyJon

    Now that is what I am talking about when I say "First Lady!"



    November 15, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Mike, Jacksonville, FL

    And this is news why? Who cares? Or did CNN just put this out there so that all the "watchdogs" could have another nonsensical point to complain about? Does this have *any* impact on the issues surrounding this election?

    And for Greg from NY, NY; Conservatives don't talk about banning toy guns. Not sure where you going with that. But on that note, if guns kill people, why are there never any mass killings at shooting ranges?

    November 15, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. Andrew, Decatur IL

    Your tax dollars at work!

    November 15, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. LoooseyGoosey

    Janet vs Hillary Cage match of the century...

    November 15, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Cali, Fairborn, OH

    Okay, let's see....Mrs. Huckabee can show you how to hit 2 out of 3 targets...Mrs. Guiliani can show you how to hit on other women's husbands...

    Not sure whether this is funny, sad or both.

    November 15, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Claudette, Tyler Texas


    I have this picture of this southern redneck belle mixed with a valley girl....

    "So like I just like was there at the National guard thingy and like they asked if I just like wanted to fire a grenade I just had to do it because like no other like girl has ever like shot one except for that moviestar in like that war movie, you know what I I said okay...they said okay and like then I shot it and like wow. I bet I can make news with really! Totally awesome"

    November 15, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. spraynardkruger

    If she can fire a weapon she should go to Iraq and fight for "freedom".

    November 15, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Am I stupid or is everyone else ?

    Posted By Ridgely, MD : November 15, 2007 5:44 am

    Nope, Ridgely, it's just you.

    What has this world come to when the wife of a pastor is into violence?

    Posted By jo, ATL GA : November 15, 2007 7:34 am

    That's quite a reach there, jo,she's a violent person just because she fired a weapon, WHILE TOURING A MILITARY BASE!

    Will you folks get real and for once try to have an original thought.

    November 15, 2007 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. CB Seattle Wa

    Great. Send her to Iraq

    November 15, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Nothing like false Christians being in love with war and weapons.

    Come to the light Huckabees. The real Christians are loving and compassionate.

    November 15, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  25. joseph,austin, tx

    spraynardkruger :

    with that logic, you, me and everyone else should go to Iraq, because if you can type your message you can probably shoot a gun. Thankfully people have a choice to enlist or not, also are people really upset about her doing this, if so it doesnt take much to ruffle your feathers does it?

    November 15, 2007 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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