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. Anonymous

    Republicans, accused by liberals of being humorless, show a sense of humor, to the moral outrage of liberals. that's funny.

    November 29, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Anonymous

    As a democrat I personally found it quite amusing. We can get mad about What Huckabee said about Clinton if we want, but I will tell you that you can expect the Republicans to eat her alive if she is the nominee...she's put herself in that position...

    November 29, 2007 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. Melody, Annapolis MD

    Oh, man he's a funny guy. Why is this heading even on CNN? Let's send Bush to Mars. Give me a break.

    November 29, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Adam, Phoenix, AZ

    I absolutely agree with ending the IRS, and it can be done if we do away with income taxes and go to a national sales tax. Allow those of us with brains to keep the money we earn.

    I do know the Paul campaign has an interest in the national sales tax, but they're not making it part of their platform yet. Ron Paul simply wants to keep lowering taxes, which is fine by me. Bring the soldiers home from this "war on terror" (a war that cannot possibly be "won"), and lower my taxes. Paul in '08!

    November 29, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Maybe going to Mars is better than staying in a country full of critical tycoons. Criticism isn't helping our country but kindness is better!

    Beth from Birmingham, Alabama

    November 29, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. Dan, Illinois

    I agree with Tom Tancredo. Everyone is worried about the government spending too much money...why waste millions of dollars just to send someone to the moon?? GO TOM TANCREDO!!! He is the only one that made sense on that stage and seemed genuine on all of his answers.

    November 29, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  7. Sarah, Oxford, MS

    What a nasty thing to say. That is not the compassion and respect for others I would hope to see in a President.

    What's even more distressing is how many people in these comments seem to not see anything strange about it. Has the GOP really fallen that far in class and social graces?

    November 29, 2007 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Greg Pecoraro, Westminster, MD

    You think saying sending Hillary to Mars was witty? You guys have pretty low standards!

    November 29, 2007 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. BAM, Homewood, AL

    Of course, attack Hillary. No one's gonna notice this guy otherwise...

    November 29, 2007 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. Barbara Taylor, Johnson City Tn

    I cannot believe these men are the best the Republicians can do for candidates for the highest office in this country. After the Nov election, we'll see who should go to Mars! I am not a Republician but the only one of these I would even consider is Romney.Rudy seems to already be on another planet!

    November 29, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |


    November 29, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  12. Ben Smith, St Louis, MO

    I concede that there may be some viable resources there, but but transporting them to and from would be horribly expensive and dangerours. Furthermore, I am confused why so many people think that colonizing Mars would be a way to escape our failing environment: If we had the technology to terraform, we would just do it here.

    November 29, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Marlene Gorin Dallas Texas

    Why send Hillary to Mars? Do we hate Martians that badly that we want to send them our country's most polarizing, mean spirited, nasty, self agrandizing, phony, Hillary Clinton? We could send Bill Clinton and he would gladly go if there are any underage Martian females.

    November 29, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    It sounds to me like Huckabee responded to Steve Nielson's question with a smart*** comment, a general statement that made no commitment, but did not give the simple, yet appropriate,"yes" or "no" response to Nielson.

    How insulting to our intelligence.

    November 29, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. scott brookdale ca

    I would have a special place for Governor Huckabee in my administration too. It's called a re-education camp.
    He could also learn about the myths of religion there too.

    November 29, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Jim H. Colorado

    Rep. Tom Tancredo should open his eyes regarding going to Mars and the benefits that the space program has provided for us.

    November 29, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Jim H. Colorado

    Where can I make a contribution to the Clinton Mars Express?

    November 29, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Marilyn Bryan, Taylor, AR

    How is it that voters can give Republicans credit for fiscal conservatism when they have increased the national debt without fail and
    favored the rich over everyone else.
    It's a sign of our own overspending and profligate wastefulness that allows
    that such is the mark of "true conservatism". True conservatives at least know the meaning of the word.

    November 29, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. pat huntington ny

    This just reaks of immaturity...if this is the kind of stuff these people think and say, it's scary that they've made it this far.

    November 29, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Marilyn Bryan, Taylor, AR

    Do we need another "entertainer-in-chief"?

    November 29, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Huckabee had a lot of good lines in the debate. I guess that I shouldn't be surprised that he wanted to send Clinton up there.

    I have to say that the two candidates that I think really needed to shine failed to do so; they are Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo. Neither of them seem to articulate anything more than their one point platform; Tancredo with immigration which all touched on; Hunter with China cheating on trade (I think is correct, but I don't think there are enough people in Congress to revoke it and enough business people to bring the manufacturing jobs back to the US or at least North America.)

    With the respect due to the two lagging candidates, why are you still here? I don't think you have enough mommentum to get anywhere close to being higher than you are.

    November 29, 2007 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  22. Forrest, Dallas, Texas

    The only reason they want to launch her into space is because they're shaking in their dress shoes over her! Men fear powerful women and Miss Hillary is at the TOP. Shake on Republicans, you have reason to be scared.

    November 29, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. pistolpete

    I particularly appreciated Huckabee's response to the question – "What would Jesus do about the death penalty?" – "Jesus would be too smart to run for public office." I highly respect a politician who refuses to reduce a complex ethical issue to a 30-second sound byte. He's got my vote.

    November 29, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Huckabee did a very good job in the debate last night. He was composed and clever with his comments. I disagree with his notion to send Hillary to Mars however. I wouldn't wish her on any other planet.

    November 29, 2007 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. brooklyn

    I'm not a fan of Hillary's but what a looney statement.

    November 29, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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