November 29th, 2007
09:42 AM ET
10 years ago

Huckabee floats idea of sending Hillary Clinton to space

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would be happy to see Sen. Hillary Clinton go into space.

(CNN) - Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee outlined one special plan he'd consider for NASA's exploration of space.

"Maybe Hillary can be on the first rocket to Mars," he said, referring to the Democratic presidential frontrunner.

The Republican presidential candidate responded to a question asking if more money would be put into space exploration. His witty response about Clinton generated cheers from the St. Petersburg audience and followed his description of the earthly benefits of NASA's programs.

"Whether it's the medical technologies that saved many of our lives and the lives of our families, it's the direct result from the space program," he said. "We need to put more money into space and technology exploration."

The question, posed by Steve Nielson of Denver, Colorado, asked if the candidates would commit to sending Americans to Mars by the year 2020.

Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado disagreed with Huckabee's promise and would not commit to sending anyone to Mars because, "We can't afford some things, and going to Mars is one of them."

- CNN's Adam P. Levy

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (290 Responses)
  1. Don Apodaca

    That's just dirty politics. It may get a laugh but I assure you there are more Republicans in the present administration and amongst the Republican presidential contenders that are deserving of outer space deportation especially that grandson of immigrants Tancredo.

    November 29, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. mark westport ct

    Too Late The republicans have re distrected Mars

    November 29, 2007 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Space Cadet, Vermont

    You've gotta love Mike. I'm sure even Hillary chuckled over that one. While I don't agree with Mike on some issues, he is sincere, likable and honest. Perhaps he should have added Ron Paul to that Mars passenger list as, contrary to his supporters, he's in outer space and has been there for awhile.

    November 29, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Jack Johnson Kansas City, Missouri

    I have to agree with all those that suggested that this is a lame attempt at a laugh and a ploy to divert attention from more pressing matters. Space exploration is great when the budget is balanced, when everyone's working and has proper heath care, retirements plans, and prescription benefits, proper education, there is so many issues more pressing. Giving attention to statements as lame as this dumbs down the whole election process. We need to expect better from our canidates

    November 29, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    I'm no big fan of Clinton but jeez what kind of an answer is that. No class!!

    November 29, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Debbie, Cedar Park Texas

    Here's another Republican wanting to spend billions on something that doesn't help anyone with the domestic problems facing this nation. His joke? He knows that is the only way she won't be facing them in November.

    November 29, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Stormy

    This is the best suggestion I have heard all year...Send Hillary to Mars where she can develop her shady empire without interfence. Yahhhhhhh Go Mr. Huckabee !!!
    P.S. Take your running mate Bill with you,Hillary...we have had enough of him as well .

    November 29, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    You call that 'witty?' Witty used to have a lot more 'wit' in it. That sounded like a dimwitted fill-in-the-blank insult. Huck, what about Ecuador? "Duh, let's send Hillary there." How about Katmandu? "Duh, send Hillary."

    How about we send your momma, Huckie?

    November 29, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Randa, Jackson, KY

    We need another witty president like we need another war in the middle east. Hucklebee needs to at least pretend he is a serious candidate. Republicans who gravitate to this garbage deserve everything they have gotten in the past 7 years. Sad to say, the rest of us, who wouldn't have voted for George Bush on our worst day have had to suffer right along with them. Hopefully, we can right this horrific wrong in 2008, and if these are your best, I think we can count on that. Rudy, the thug; Mitt, the warmonger who won't send his own kids to war, but will encourage everyone else's child to go; Hucklebee, the man of God (remind me to steer clear of that one!), etc. You got a heck of crew representing you. Open your eyes, these are not conservative people in any sense of the word, and yet, you keep falling for their drivel. Hello!

    November 29, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. Eric, NY, NY

    So you have one GOP candidate saying Hillary should be sent to Mars and another one who allowed her to be called a bit**. Where is the respect for a sitting US Senator? If a Democrat had suggested that a woman GOP Senator should be sent to Mars or allowed her to be called a bit** the GOP would be in a rage.

    November 29, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    The Official court jester for Hillary's presidency. I am sure Hillary will be happy to induct you once you beats all of your asses till they become as red as Martian surface. Republicans are so scared of Hillary, it makes me laugh.

    Hillary 08'

    November 29, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Len, sparks Nv

    I don't support Clinton, but Huckabee is pretty crude to say this as a presidential candidate. Is he that infantile? That is really not a good public joke for showing how you belong in the White House. It is a veiled threat about what you do with your opponents you don't like. A poor move on his part.

    November 29, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |


    November 29, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. p Huff Florida

    Well- what a surprise—CNN just can’t be fair in the way they handle anything. I was sure the gay Brig. General was a plant in the debates last night. I was disappointed in the age, maturity, quality of questions used in the debates.

    November 29, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. D. Aponte Tampa Fl.

    Yes i agree with candidate huckabee. send her to mars... or better yet aim the rocket to the nearest black hole, were she can't find her way back!

    November 29, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Jon S. Ann Arbor, Michigan

    The more I hear Republicans cough up these outrageous hairballs, the more incredulous I am that anyone would even think of voting for any of these guys.

    The Republican party should make their slogan "The party that is anti-choice, anti-gay and hates immigrants and believes if you are not Christian, your religion is not is good as ours."

    Really, these guys could give extremists around the world a run for their money.

    If my slogan sounds extreme, doing even a casual search of the Internet will find comments by any/all of the Republican candidates that supports it.

    November 29, 2007 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Allen, Cleveland, OH

    It was a joke people....Chill!

    November 29, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Anonymous

    Bill Clinton stumbles on stump for wife

    November 29, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Diane Sheffield, MA

    I haven't decided yet if I'm a Hillary fan or not, but the Republicans should be so embarrassed by the last seven years that they should be convincing us of their reforms rather than dissing Clinton. This debate left me amazed. It would seem they have learned NOTHING– we heard them all (but Paul) kissing up to the ultra right and the religious right, just as Bush did. They know the Bush policies have killed their party, yet they're echoing the same old. America, if you elect one of these guys, you're asking for more of the same.

    November 29, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Mikey, Tallahassee, FL

    Huckabee has now shown his name-calling, soundbite attack colors. Rebel against any party candidate who resorts to negative campaigning and personal insults. If the candidates can't stay on the high road then at least we voters should.

    November 29, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. John Medrano, Austin, Texas

    Yet another Republican buffoon talking about non-relative and espousing hate. None of you, except for Ron Paul, tried to tackle issues. The only thing you Republicans do is trade barbs and never discuss real solutions. It's no wonder you are in such dire straits. You all demonize Hillary Clinton, when the real demons already are in the White House – Bush/Cheney. Whatever the case, Hillary Clinton will whip any of your asses in November 2008!!!!!

    November 29, 2007 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. win harrisburg, PA

    former gov and preacher HUCKABBE should be ashame of himself for insulted other presidential cannadates beacause after all he promted somethings for alliens in SPACE but not benifit for all americans intime of needs US goverments WA$TSE too much $$$ for BU$H war in iraq and PORK$ time we AMERICANS deserted someone CARE for ALL AMERICANS not just SOME!

    November 29, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Huckleberry–you know full well that under your administration there will be no money for NASA. More "whackaberry" politics from Huckleberry. Did he say anything of substance during the debate?

    November 29, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. D. B. Dover, DE

    Quick wit is a sign of intelligence. Not being able to accept and appreciate a harmless joke, a sign of ignorance.

    The elitist attitude of the left is frightening.

    November 29, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Robert Williams, Russellville Arkansas

    Sounds like a great idea Mike...perhaps Edward Kennedy can be her co-pilot. I think Guiliani should be your VP

    November 29, 2007 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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