January 11th, 2008
03:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Huckabee pays homage to Motown

Mike Huckabee visited the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit Friday.

Mike Huckabee visited the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit Friday.

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - If you don't count the Pistons and Red Wings, Detroit is known for two things: automobiles and Motown.

So it made sense that Mike Huckabee made an unscheduled stop at the Motown Historical Museum Friday after giving a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Michigan's languishing manufacturing sector.

Huckabee and his wife Janet had a private guided tour of the legendary R&B studio, which was opened by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959 and became a musical juggernaut, launching the careers of soul legends like the Temptations and Marvin Gaye.

"I've never have been to Motown," Huckabee said, calling it "one of those spots on a musicians life's tour that you've got to make sooner or later." He called Motown's success a testament to why music and arts education needs to be a priority in the American school system.

Their tour ended in the famous "Studio A," where the museum guide instructed Huckabee and his wife to perform a choreographed version of "My Girl" for reporters and camera crews, who laughed as Huckabee smiled and mumbled his way through the chorus.

After the tour they poked around the gift shop before leaving.

Huckabee made another off the record stop after that, meeting with Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at his downtown office. The campaign said Mayor Kilpatrick had called Huckabee earlier in the day and requested he stop by to chat.

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Michigan • Mike Huckabee
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. John S. Maine

    Huck went to Motown to play Dixie!

    January 11, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Nate

    It seems to me that anyone who would immediately write someone off as an ignorant bigot simply because that person is a Baptist from the south is... well... an ignorant bigot. Really folks, some of the accusations about Huckabee are just absurd. Do you really believe these things or do you just think pushing slander and lies will help the candidate you support win? I'm not sure I've ever seen a candidate as wrongfully attacked as I've seen people attack Mike Huckabee, which is all the worse since he has run a positive clean campaign. Really what kind of America do you want? Go to mikehuckabee.com and get yourself a dose of truth. Don't believe every lie you here in an attack advertisement or irresponsible media.

    January 11, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  3. John S. Maine

    Huckabee needs a little dental work too. I think his high taxes ran most dentists out of the state of Arkansas during his tenure! Take a bite out of that one!

    January 11, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  4. Read a book

    Bob from Seattle said: "Is their any better instruction on earth that deals with how a man and woman should conduct marriage?? All marriages should be so blessed. Maybe divorce rate would crumble. "

    If that is true, please explain to me why the divorce rate among evangelical christians and baptists are the highest.

    Denomination (in order of decreasing divorce rate) % who have been divorced

    Non-denominational ** 34%
    Baptists 29%
    Mainline Protestants 25%
    Mormons 24%
    Catholics 21%
    Lutherans 21%

    ** Barna uses the term "non-denominational" to refer to Evangelical Christian congregations that are not affiliated with a specific denomination. The vast majority are fundamentalist in their theological beliefs.

    January 12, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  5. Clement

    Romney is just more of the same Wall Street corporate think that got us in our current mess in the first place. Mike Huckabee represents Main Street values.

    January 12, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  6. Steve Blaine Washington

    McCain is planning world war 3. Load those nukes and let em fly. Boom Boom,
    mushrooms clouds everywhere.

    I guess you know about the connection between at least McCain, Liberman, Giulliani, Huckabee, Gingrich and the Christians United for Israel regarding the plans to start Armageddon and to create the 2nd Coming by getting the USA and Israel to attack Iran with nuclear bombs so everyone can go to Heaven. Only they forget other nations including at least Russia and China have nuclear bombs also. Another mistake is to think that God would trust these type of people to reside in Heaven where they could create other mischief.

    January 12, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. Annie 51 years in Michigan

    Fellow polical analysts....please have some class. Quit attacking the wife of the Holy Man. It was cold and rainy in Detroit today, and imagine what it must be like for her to have to listen to that guy all the time. No wonder she looks bummed out.

    January 12, 2008 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  8. Greg West

    Wanted to say that I was one of the first Internet users to try and lure Fred Thompson into the Presidential race. After his ATTACK toward Mike Huckabee last night, I don't want him to be President at all. He has been lazy and now wants to play dirty politics to gain some support. He's out for me! But, I would consider voting for his wife. Yet I know who would be the best man for the job. MIKE HUCKABEE has my vote.

    January 12, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  9. Ross Lippincott; Davenport Iowa.

    Jen Cedar Falls, IA January 11, 2008 10:21 pm ET

    Huck is the biggest joke to get this far in an election since, uh…..thinking……uh……
    oops, no one comes to mind.
    The guy is making a mockery out of the job of President of the USA!
    Get him off the stage!

    Jen, maybe George W. Bush??
    Just trying to help.

    GO OBAMA/EDWARDS-08!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2008 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  10. JohnT

    This all just more pandering. In fact, none of the candidates as president would be able to do anything to improve Michigan's, or the general US, economy. The factory jobs that are gone are gone, and they won't be coming back. Not only that, now white collar jobs are following them at a furious pace, to China, to India, to wherever. When will the media begin asking real questions in these debates, and when will the candidates begin giving realistic answers? Short answer. Never.

    January 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. David - Oregon City

    Michigan & South Carolina,

    America’s only choice for President is clear. Don’t be suckered in by the elite media’s propaganda. Tens of millions of dollars was donated by Wall Street to purchase the White House in this election. Some candidates are just too old or too liberal to win. Please remember, the rest of the country is waiting and depending on you (Michigan & South Carolina) to give us the opportunity to elect Huckabee and say no to big government that does not work, Wall Street, and the elite media. Those Americans who never had a set at the table, who don’t have the big money or a voice in this election are waiting to cast their vote for Mike Huckabee. Please provide America’s true conservatives the opportunity to vote with you and elect Mike Huckabee President. No more Presidents from Camelot!

    January 12, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. JT

    Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will take ten minutes to listen to Mitt speak with an open mind they will see that he is brilliant. The dems and media know that Mitt would crush anyone in a one on one debate. Thus the dems and media are still talking up Ron Paul, the Huckster and other losers.

    McCain is just another Sr Senator veteran who has no winning ideas like Bob Dole in 1996. Obama/Oprah or the Clintons would have a very big victory against McCain.

    Now that the news is out that Rudy is low on money, Mitt is the only candidate that can go the distance and win in November. If the people of Michigan do not wake up and give Mitt a win that would make the dems and the media very happy indeed.

    January 12, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. Mrjimbo, TX

    Mitt Romney is the man we need in 08....

    "Greg West", since when has it become an attack to voice your candidates record?
    the Huckabee/McCain camps have the Dirty Politics masters so far....

    The media is driving the Campaign Vans of McCain and Huckabee, gots to wonder why that is?????

    January 12, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. path173

    After fighting in Vietnam, I thought everything would be peaches and cream, now look! Wonder what the veterans of Iraq and Afganistan are thinking about what their life will be like when they come home, just a thought, Will their be jobs, will the gas prices continue to rise, houses continue to be foreclosed, will it be peaches and cream like I thought, no answers from politicans just talk and talk and everything will be the same as it was when I came home from vietnam.


    January 12, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Jim Nicklin RET. Navy CPO

    Mr. huckabee has anyone ever mistaken you for Jim Nabors ? You remind me of Gomer Pyle . Goooollleee . Just kidding you are the best of the bunch. I would like to here more about what you would do for Veterans after you are elected. I suggest a pay raise for all active duty military, And go for Tax free Retirement checks for all retired Veterans . I gave 26 yrs. of my life to this country why do they still want a big chunk of my retirement money . Also Remember Veterans Don't Need Library's . Vets need Hospitals , Nursing Retirement Homes , And cemetary's . Maybe Mr. Bush Will do this for the vets. Of his war..instead of a Bush Library . He has plenty of room on the Bush ranch in Crawford, Tex. I can just imagine a Hospital with a Dick Chenny ward for all the gunshot victims, A Don Rumsfield ward for all the mental case's And a Condie Rice ward for all the brave young women who gave up so much to serve thier country, I salute them all..

    January 13, 2008 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
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