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. Paul Reno NV

    I just finished re-watching the debate. There was no comment by Ron Paul on this Mars Question. Get your Fact in order and correct.

    PS I and four others have crossed over and joined the Republican party to vote in the primaries for Ron Paul.

    November 29, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  2. John Paul Jones, CT

    Ron Paul said nothing about that question. At first they reported that he wanted Hillary sent off to space. Now CNN is misquoting again.

    Who's reading the transcript?

    November 29, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  3. Angela, Troy, MI

    I'd love to send the Baptist flim flam man and L. Ron Paul on their own mission to Mars. What a joke.

    November 29, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  4. Jay Fuller, Franklinville NJ

    Thank you to CNN for posting a topic about space exploration. While of course this is not one of the "big" issues like winning the war or the economy, many intelligent people understand the scientific benefits derived from NASA that everybody uses. NASA spends less than 1% of the federal budget and has benefits for all human kind. Wish we had more renewable energy? Thank NASA for developing solar power. Does America need better recycling methods? The space station has to recycle everything down to the water the astronauts drink. Do we need to create more scientists and engineers in our schools? Space gives kids a dream to shoot for. The money going to the space program is money well spent.

    November 29, 2007 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. diane, fallston, md

    No one is going to believe CNN had no idea who this 'invited' participant was. You interviewed him in '03 and a 2 second google would have lead you directly to his connection to Clinton. One would think you had learned from having your plants exposed in your last debate. You do no service to the public when you attempt to get your own political agenda across. There are millions of us who would love to ask any candidate a question or two for the simple reason of getting to know their position on a matter.

    Two plants for two debates in a row now. What a disgrace you have become. Pathetic behavior for an organization hosting a Presidential debate. Are you actually this stupid? Do you think you can get away with such appaling behavior and not be caught? Duped you say? Oh please. Kerr just 'happened' to get more mic time for a question than the candidates did per question. Just come out and tell the truth for once. You weren't duped and neither were the viewers after learning you allowed a political operative of Clintons to soapbox at a debate!

    Truly disgraceful planning on your part. ... The most BUSTED name in news is more fitting than your logo.

    November 29, 2007 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. Luca Ponti

    Huckabee's comment makes sense to me. Sending Hillary to Mars is the only chance the Republicans have to pull off a win.

    November 29, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  7. Judy Goodwin-Springfield, OR.

    It is sad when one is so shallow that the only way they can build themself up, is at the expense of others. And to think I thought Mr. Huckabee had class!

    Shallow insight fosters shallow minds!

    November 29, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  8. Rachelle Wolf, Reno, NV

    With all the tax cuts mentioned, where will the money come from to insure our country stays secure and financially solvent?

    November 29, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  9. John, CA

    First of all Ron Paul did not say that..Secondly, CNN needs to come clean about the Hillary Clinton's planted question...the soldier who works on her campaign...what are the odds that out of 5000 questions that this particular persons video question was selected...very curious....reminds me of the Democratic debate with all the democratic activists who were "undecided voters"

    November 29, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  10. NONAME

    I can't even say the word republican without triggering a gag reflex. Hell, it's all I could do to type it.

    November 29, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  11. Trang, Fremont, CA

    Of all the candidates, after Ron Paul, Mike Huckabee has the most appeal to me. He is perhaps the most principled person up there. But then, his religious background might frighten the secular people. Anybody on that podium would be better than Clinton except Tom Tancredo, who seems to be a one issue candidate, and his view is pretty extreme.

    By the way, I like Huckabee comment regarding 'Jesus'.

    November 29, 2007 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  12. Wei, Ithaca, NY

    Ron Paul didn't add the comment after Huckabee. I believed Tancredo said so. Please got your fact straight, media.

    November 29, 2007 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  13. Bryan, Concord, NH

    haha...saw this online...that is crazy. wonder what's coming...

    November 29, 2007 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  14. Steve, New Orleans, LA

    Real class. Just what we would expect from a Republican from Arkansas.

    Someone should ask Huckabee – who would Jesus insult?

    November 29, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  15. Pauline

    The format of the CNN program was superficial and boring: YouTube questions were vague and unintelligent one-liners (geared to the emotions rather than the intelligence). I thought this was supposed to be a real DEBATE??? Where was the development of political issues juxtaposed with policy? Where the logical structure of thought even though compressed to 30 second sound bites?

    Who, for instance, can praise Huckabee for his humor when it amounted in one instance to smearing another candidate (Clinton and Mars) or avoiding the answer to a question (Jesus and politics). Am I supposed to be impressed with Huckebee's Statesmanship? Comedy Corner quippers are not appropriate to the high office of President during a GOP debate in a country where the working and middle classes of America are disintegrating, where few will have retirement, where millions will work themselves to death without any hope of retirement or adequate health care due to the baby boomer drain on medical infrastructure.

    This horse and pony show, highlighting Giuliani and Romney was one big boring episode. Dylan Thomas' poem, "Do not go gently into that good-night... rage rage against the burning of the light..." more like TS Eliot's Hollow Men: "Not with a bang, but with a whimper."

    November 29, 2007 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  16. Joey Farmer, Asheville, NC

    Mike did very good tonight, but I didn't get a real good picture of what he was running on. I had to go to for that. He has a very good site.

    November 29, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  17. Steve, Lyons, CO

    "Any one of these gentlemen with the exception of Ron Paul would be better than any of the socialist democrats the are running."

    Only if you're a fan of religiously stupid, Hitler University idiots who couldn't comprehend the Constitution even if it was written in crayon with monosyllabic words.

    November 29, 2007 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  18. Mark

    Huckabee is the best candidate. He outclasses all candidates by a mile. He's going to win this thing on a showstring budget. I'm sick and tired of millionaire politician (like Romney)who are trying to buy the nomination. And moral degenrates like Rudy. Mike Huckabee stands head and shoulders above the rest of the field and I'm voting for him.

    November 29, 2007 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  19. Alexander, Washington, D.C. USA

    Huckleberry probably believes in UFOs also.

    November 29, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  20. Alexander, Washington, D.C. USA

    Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, an advocate for smaller government, 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."


    November 29, 2007 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  21. Billy, Nashville, TN

    Huckabee's comment was funny:D

    However.... Ron Paul is correct.... the US can't afford to send anyone to Mars.... except Hilary.... She got enough HOT air to get there on her own!!!!

    November 29, 2007 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  22. Dave, Fremont, CA.

    Yes send that girl to Mars.

    November 29, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  23. LJ Mac Little Rock, AR

    Hillary CAre = weak minded public that needs a handout and is a slave to the gov't...also no guns and no executions for murderers...well except maybe a fetus....

    November 29, 2007 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  24. Vic, Sugar Land, Texas

    After listening to all, I was beginning to to think Hucklebee was someone of interest. Then, as with most Republicans, his mouth over ruled his brain with his crass remark about Hillary. I ask everyone: Do you ever hear the other party candidates make such distasteful personal remarks about another candidate? The arrogance of the Repubs has once more done them in.

    November 29, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  25. quyen tran, rosemead, ca

    the problem is not about not having enough money to send someone into mar, the problem is the value of our dollar is dropping like crazy, a 40% decline very year. our dollar use to be the universal exchange currency, the mighty dollar, now that power is dropping. if any candidate were elected president, how is he or she going to fix and bring back the power of the might dollar? a dollar of canada worth a dollar of US, first time in history.

    November 29, 2007 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
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