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. Ronald K. Smith, Fort Worth Texas

    The comments made by Mike Huckabee stating the many lives were saved due to medical technologies from the DIRECT RESULT of space exploration. Can Mr. Huckabee provide documented proof of such a statement, and with the concurence of the AMA?.

    November 29, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  2. Eric, OH

    Mars isn't far enough!

    November 29, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  3. Barbara O'Brien, Statesville, NC

    Wow! Huckabee has almost reached the level of a nine year old.

    November 29, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. david,newton,iowa

    It is so sad how debates in Las Vegas Nevada and in Florida were set to suit the favourite candidates the CNN want. I feel bad how some candidates are being swiftboated. In Nevada was Obama campaign that was being targeted and in Florida was Romney. Someone help me here. These candidates have bad past just like other and it is so hurting to see how they were being swiftboated and put down.

    November 29, 2007 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  5. Izabela, Ridgefield,CT

    Once Hilary becomes the president she will send him to Mars.
    I wouldn't vote for a sarcastic jerk.
    We need somebody with a character.

    November 29, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  6. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    After 7 years of President Chaney and 3 trillion dollars of new debt & an oil war, one of the few realistic comments was that we cannot afford this Mars expedition, not now. JFK did not have 7 trillion dollars of national debt crushing the nation's middle class and darkening our future. It took to fools like Reagan and Bush to do that (the later under strict guidance of course). But of the debater's only Ron Paul comes across as new policy. The rest have not repudiated Bush and his generation of incompetence/corruption. And not one of them had a plan to capture, punish and expal the 12 million criminal immigrants. About the same as the Dem's there. Both are willing to sell out the American worker, just do it in different ways. A pox on all of them.

    November 29, 2007 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  7. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    Huckleberry's responses–like this absurd comment...were to glibb and without a lot of substance. His catch phrases, and clever (but empty) comebacks. Show he is a great communicator–but is either skillfully elusive about his agenda–or doesn't really have one and he's making it up as he's going along. My opinion of Chuck Norris intellectual skills has also changed.

    November 29, 2007 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  8. Everett Cahalane

    Hillary on a "Rocket" to Mars. Mature, guys. Real mature. No wonder no ones voting republican in 08.

    November 29, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  9. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Will from Iowa: I agree with you completely.

    Any of the gentlemen (with the exception of Ron Paul) would make an excellent president.

    November 29, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  10. jw texarkana ar

    he is very funny the preacher is laughable

    November 29, 2007 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  11. Andrew, Atlanta, GA

    God – I think these GOP candidates ARE from space. What a terrible excuse for a political debate.

    November 29, 2007 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. jerry,worcester,ma

    Cnn debates set up, twisted to accomodate the candidates of their choice?. Do We have serious issues facing this country?

    November 29, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. Mike, Dallas TX

    "You bet I'm better of then I was 7 years ago and so is everyone else!"

    The war on terror is a complete failure. There are thousands of more attacks per year then before Bush and co. How about the state of our constitutional rights and the use of torture? A complete disgrace. This will go down as the worst administration in modern history. You are delusional.

    November 29, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  14. Wayne, Greenville TX

    This joke is at least 45 years old. On Vaughan Meader's "First Family" comedy album, JFK is asked "When will we send a man to the moon?" Imitating JFK, Vaughan Meader says, "As soon as Senator Goldwater is ready to go!"

    November 29, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. Brian Tampa, FL

    It was refreshing to see some positive thoughts about the US. It was also nice to see a debate where every answer didn't involve blaming GWB and then proposing spending more money in Government programs to fix the problem. There were four men on the stage who are much better candidates than anyone on the Democratic side. Get ready for eight more years of the GOP in the White House.

    PS It was Huck who made the quip about sending Hillary to Mars, as usual Dems can't get their facts straight.

    November 29, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. Jo, ATL GA

    And this guys call themselves Christians. What a shame.

    What would Jesus do and he could not answer a simple question. If all his life he wants to be Christ-Like why do into politic if Jesus wouldn't.

    I can trust someone that can't life up to his mentor..

    November 29, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  17. Katie, Garland Tx

    Sending Sen.Clinton to Mars is no big deal, since most Prez candidates on both sides, don't live on this planet in the real world anyway.
    How about they come back down to earth and tackle the problems that most Americans live with on a daily basis?
    Find some solutions that salvage what
    is left of a dying middle class before it's too late.

    November 29, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. DJames

    HA HA HA that's sooooo funny !
    But Mr. Huckelberry, please keep your focus on really important items like abortion, gay marriage, guns and the bible. And I'll be sure ta vote fer ya !

    November 29, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. Andre' J. Perrin Richardson, TX

    This proves Huckabee is a big jerk, which is a typical Republican trait.

    November 29, 2007 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. WDRussell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    Well, speaking of Mars. When George first took office, he said he wanted to spend trillions to invade and occupy Mars, whatever happened to that plan?

    November 29, 2007 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  21. therealist

    Even if it were to cost 1 trillion dollars, it would still be cheaper on America than Hillary's planned tax increases..

    November 29, 2007 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  22. Lee, Whitefield, NH

    I wonder how many commentors here are actually Republicans?

    Go Huckabee!!!

    November 29, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. Meghan, Philadelphia PA

    That was a pretty funny comment! Even being a Hillary Clinton supporter, I can still appreciate a witty crack.

    November 29, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  24. Ann Coulter

    Someone ought to poison his creme brulee. Oops, did I say that out loud?

    November 29, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  25. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Aren't they the jealous suck ups...the whole DARN world would have been a heck of a lot better if the Supreme Court would have sent the two of them there instead of giving them the presidency and vice presidency. While I am thinking about it, we ought to send THE FIVE REPUBLICAN JUDGES to OUTER SPACE.

    November 29, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
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