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. Chris, Loomis, Ca

    I agree with Huckabee...send Bill Clinton also!

    November 28, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. Tonya, Lakeland, FL

    Huckabee was definitely the one that said send Hillary to Mars. His wit is part of his charm.

    November 28, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. Braxton- Nashville, TN

    Great comment by Huckabee tonight...LOVED it. Correct, it wasn't Ron Paul who made that comment about space was that forgettable guy on the left.

    November 28, 2007 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. Tim, Madison, WI

    Gee, CNN, thanks for covering the most important issues. None of us care about taxes, the war in Iraq, fighting terrorism, social security, the economy, etc, etc. No, what we really care about are the petty and insignificant comments made by deluded Republican candidates who are looking for a cheap laugh to boost their poll numbers a bit. Your news coverage gets more laughable (and not in a good way) every day.

    November 28, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  5. forstrongamerica

    No one needs to lauch GOP into Mars, they already in Mars. Most of them are so out of this earth on every issue, they scared me!!!!!

    November 28, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  6. Suzy, Louisville, Kentucky

    The entire Republican Party should go to Jupiter for their incompetence in leading this country ! Are you better off than you were 7 years ago????

    November 28, 2007 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. Steve, Lake City, TN

    There is already enough useless debris in space.

    November 28, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. Dean

    I am absolutely flabbergasted that CNN would declare something as tasteless and depraved as Mr. Huckabee's advocating sending a sitting Senator to Mars "Witty". This guy is supposed to be a man of god, puuuulease. Could our discourse be any more pathetic?

    November 28, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  9. Hawk,Texas

    Not one time during the debate was gas prices nor global warming. all they did was toot their own horns about how great they were.

    November 28, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. tom, snata ana, ca

    Maybe Huckleberry should be sent back to Mars.

    November 28, 2007 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. TJ, Lewisville, AR

    The time is going to come when Huckabee's lame attempt at humor is not going to satisfy the voters. Substance is what wins out in the end, not silly jokes!

    November 28, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. Dan, Charlotte, NC

    What a group of empty suits these guys are. Led by Guiliani the cross dressing "dubbyah on steroids" and the flip flopping "Mitt the dimwitt". John McCain is the only competent candidate among them. Yet the evangelical RepubliCONS will closet their moral compass for one of these guys over McCain. A sad political party who will say or do anything to try to win. Thank God for the capable Democratic candidates. The party of dubbyah and darth are over. The most corrupt administration ever hopefully will never regain power. Reagan is turning over in his grave.

    November 28, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Satan

    Slightly funny but old. Huckabee looks better staying above all that... besides, what would Jesus do?

    November 28, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  14. jettfuel

    Spoken like a child like christian.


    November 28, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  15. Curtis, Denver CO

    It was NOT Ron Paul who said that!!!

    November 28, 2007 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Ken, San Diego, CA

    I can't wait for the general election (are the Republican's serious? THESE are the best candidates they have??)! The big surprise won't be that Hillary wins, but rather that she wins in a landslide.

    November 28, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Nathan , Dallas Tx

    I thought Huckabee stole it tonite. This is a very likeable guy and doesn't come across as the expediant political opportunistic talking point robots Romney and Giuliani are. Kudos to Huckabee!

    November 28, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Will Walker, Denver, Colorado

    Governor Huckabee would send Hillary to Mars, would he? I doubt that he is going to be in a position to send anyone anywhere beyond an Arkansas pig farm after next November.

    November 28, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    first of all Youtube debates suck. Second, I will agree. Send Clinton to mars handcuffed to Anderson Cooper. I used to really like that guy.

    November 28, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. Sally, San Antonio, TX

    Huckabee's tasteless comment about Sen. Clinton and Mars are not in the least bit funny! Pardon me if I fail to see how it could be part of an intelligent debate and why the audience would laugh at frivolous comments which make no sense!

    November 28, 2007 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. Andrew Johnson, Iowa City, IA

    Was this a debate or standup comedy club? Did Huckabee say anything that wasn't a joke? I think the disolution of the IRS was a joke... or was he serious? Do we really want a clown as president? Wait... let me think about that one.

    November 28, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. Justin Westminster, CA

    The Republicans ARE from space, I think the Nazi Planet from Star Trek. Vote Hillary or you won't get your fusion reactor.

    November 28, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  23. Joel, Carol Stream, Illinois

    The GOP has some problems, but their still doing a decent job. Anyone notice Bush has a higher approval rating than Congress? Anyway, we need to respect everyone elses opinions and stop being jerks, just cause someone has a different opinion doesn't give us the right to be this rude. This country is basically in a non-violent civil war. We're so rude to each other. We need to learn how to get along even if we don't have the same opinion.

    November 29, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  24. Ed V (Centerville, OH)

    Send all those candidates and politicians to Mars and keep them there forever.

    November 29, 2007 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Ann Stewart

    I really enjoyed how this man Huckabee debated tonight...He was by far the best on stage.

    November 29, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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