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. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    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????

    Yes I am. Waaaaay better off.

    Don't blame the GOP if you failed to go to school, get a marketable job, or made poor financial decisions.

    November 29, 2007 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  2. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    I wasted my time for those empty suits at last night debate. They are losers, none of them are comparable with Hillary Clinton, I have strong confidence about Madame President next year. Bravo.

    November 29, 2007 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  3. Michelle D. - Atlanta, GA

    That comment showed a real lack of class. Gosh I wish there was someone in that pack of wannabees that impressed me, but

    November 29, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  4. Lee, Mays Landing, New Jersey

    If our scientists ever thought like modern republicans, we'd never get to space. I'm not sure we'd get out of the middle ages. The age of reason, the American Revolution might not have happened. And certainly not progress on civil and human rights. Lincoln's Republican Party was for these things but the modern Republican Party has devolved into an American version of the Taliban.
    They had young graduates from southern bible colleges muting and censoring government scientists on issues such as global warming just because it doesn't fit into their ideological or religious mindsets.

    November 29, 2007 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  5. Nando , Palm Coast,FL

    That was awesome about sending Hillary to Mars!!!! She probally could get Universal Healthcare passed there.

    November 29, 2007 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  6. Mel, SC

    Another hypocritical Christian...on one hand he quotes the Bible about "loving your neighbor as yourself" and on the other hand he says send Hillary to Mars. Are there no true Christians in the US anymore?

    November 29, 2007 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  7. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    I would have to say that most Americans are worse off than they were 7years ago. We should stop talking about health care? Please! All our money has went to the war Health care, economic issues and gasd prices are all important issues. Not one Republican has talked about these issues much. And let's talk about the Supreme Court if you like. If you would like to set the country back 100 years just vote Republican and put another conservative jurist on the court.

    November 29, 2007 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  8. gopcircus ny ny

    What a bunch of deadbeats on stage besides the fact that there are no African Americans and Women as repugs candidates, nothing was missed, only had to watch 15 or 20 minutes of it to say good bye to the empty suits with the exception of Dr. Ron Paul-you notice I address people as they should be, with respect regardless of your deep hatred. Because CNN is watched, heard and read all over the world, so, don´t show your ignorance because what we need right after Pres. Bush leaves office is to restore our moral and ethical values.

    As for Karen, nj you must be spaced out.

    November 29, 2007 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. danny

    The Republicans take the Bible literally??

    November 29, 2007 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  10. Cecilia - Chattanooga, TN

    typical of the Republicans to make such and unescessary remark. And they call themselves the conservative Christians – Are you kidding

    November 29, 2007 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  11. Skeptical Guy, Greenbelt MD

    This "Debate" was a total waiste of time. Anderson Dooper was lame, the questions they chose were lame and the "candidates" were more lame.Ron paul,McCain,Thompson adn Rudy looked like they were ready for the morge rather than the presidency. Those four guys are too old to make a it a full term and may have a heart attack before they could finish. Skitt Romney is like Hilary and don't want to answer the questions and the two bookend guys were lame too.

    November 29, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. Mary, Beaver, PA

    I dislike Hillary intensely, but Huckabee's joke was uncalled for and out of line. Once again, it just demonstrates the neo-cons' obsession with this woman and her womanizing husband. I would like to see her, him, and these neo-cons disappear quietly and permanently, making way for a real conservative, Ron Paul.

    By the way, if the Republican candidates did indeed argue about the accuracy of every word in the Bible, maybe they'd be better fit to serve as Chaplain of the United States instead of President. I am sick to death of posturing Bible-thumpers.

    November 29, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  13. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    That is the wishful thinking of Huckabee. Instaed of facing his problems, he just sends them away.

    Huckabee is definitely not a presidential material. Like Obama, he is good on style, but bad on substance.

    Huckabee says he would get rid of the IRS. Only fools would beleive him, as he has yet to indicate how he would raise the tax revenue instead.

    November 29, 2007 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  14. Belle, Hartford, CT

    The religion and primitive elementry humor card no longer takes center stage, people have caught on to the politcal games, game over! Water and oil come from the earth, it should be free, don't y'all think???? 😉

    November 29, 2007 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  15. T Pipe Owosso MI

    Good morning all,
    All of you who were upset with the Mars comment come on think about it. The majority of the You Tube debate was a comedy premise anyway. Now because someone said something about poor, poor, picked on Hillary, your offended? Just jget your national healthcare MANDATE and play nice with all the terrorists just like the 'good old days'.

    November 29, 2007 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  16. C Kennedy


    If these are your best and brightest, please keep them on you own planet! We have enough of our own garbage!

    Thanks – Clingons from Mars!!

    November 29, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  17. Sara J, Richmond, VA

    The questions posed: the Confederate Flag, cartoon Dick Cheney – were absurd and irrelevant. The gay military man should not have been allowed to speak from the audience. But the comments here, our "take" on the debate, prove that we are splitting further as a country and may never find common ground again. Sadly.

    November 29, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  18. Clay Gibson Rio Rancho, NM

    The questions ask at the Republican Debate were silly, given the many problems we are facing world wide.
    Anderson Cooper proved what a light weight he really is with his meaningless questions.

    November 29, 2007 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  19. Drought Central, Atlanta, GA

    I would send some of the right wing Republican nut jobs instead. Their brains do not require much oxygen and they would do well on Mars.

    November 29, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  20. Robert, Exton, Pa.

    I would love to see Hillary go. I would want to be the one to strap her in.

    November 29, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  21. DEF, Norfolk Va

    Good point.., send her to Mars.., they'll believe in her.

    November 29, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  22. JC, Green Bay, WI

    She really scares those right-wingers, doesn't she? LOL

    Best comment of the night was made by one of the CNN analysts (Can't remember which one), concerning the flock of Republican candidates: "They all try to distance themselves from George Bush yet they all seem to agree agree with him".

    Now that comment really scares the rest of us!

    November 29, 2007 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  23. Breanna Lewis IOWA

    Boy these old guys are that SCARED of little ole HILLARY CLINTON?
    and with good reason!

    November 29, 2007 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  24. Ray, Sarasota Fl

    Is this the best the Republicans have to offer? Of course, CNN's choice of questions left more than a lot to be desired. Although the questions gave the candidates an opportunity to pander to the extremist elments of the Republican Party's right wing, they did little to elucidate the candidates' positions on substantive problems facing our Country. Oh, I forgot, criminalize abortion and give everyone an AK47 and all our other problems will disappear.

    November 29, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  25. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Sally:You posted "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!"

    First of all this was a Republican debate. You expected intelligence?

    Second of all, why the audience would laugh, take a look at where it was held. It was probably the best place for a hillbilly hoedown.

    November 29, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
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