February 18th, 2008
05:55 AM ET
15 years ago

Huckabee returns to US, goes bowling

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/18/art.huckabeebowl.ap.jpg caption="Huckabee returned to the country Sunday."] MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (CNN) – Back on the trail Sunday night after a weekend in the Cayman Islands for a speech, Mike Huckabee and wife Janet greeted supporters at a Milwaukee bowling alley and then challenged the media to ten frames.

After declaring, “It’s been a long time,” Huckabee grabbed a 15lb ball and rolled two spares in four turns. It wasn’t enough to beat the press though, the Huckabees were edged out thanks to strikes from ABC’s producer and CNN photographer Rod Griola.

Both Huckabees reveled in taking the journalists’ equipment and turning it on them as they stepped up to the line. Mrs. Huckabee hoisted one of CNN’s 25lb cameras with impressive ease while the former governor of Arkansas dropped to his knees with the CBS producer’s camera to make sure he got the upward angle as she heaved the ball.

After the Huckabees’ defeat, the candidate picked up his anti-establishment message where he left off on Friday. “What we need to do is make sure the people of Wisconsin recognize that they’re going out and voting their own conscience. Not doing what maybe somebody in Washington is telling them, and not doing what the establishment tells them,” Huckabee told reporters. “This vote is about the future of the Republican Party.”

Bowling alleys, it turns out, are not just good places to pick up votes. Mrs. Huckabee told CNN that on her first date with Huckabee – when her name, ironically, was Janet McCain – they went bowling.

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

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  1. Little Toad

    I never thought I'd be part of something as big or as important as this race. I made several small financial donations to Mike's campaign along the way, but I felt especially compelled to contribute more after hearing McCain's high-profile endorsements, one after another, attempt to convince people like myself that coronation is in the best interest of the Republican Party. As far as I’m concerned, McCain has not yet achieved the number of votes needed to have the party’s nomination and coronation is not acceptable or necessary to winning in November – all that double-talk is hockey. What we need is someone who is willing to dig-in heals and put up a tough fight against our November opponents; we need someone who shows true grit in the eyes of socialist slogans like “Yes We Can” and can defeat a party that is fraught with strong rhetoric promising its followers the world using other people’s money… I would rather loose against my opponent with pride rather than go down in shame having accepted defeat. Each vote for Mike, in my view, demonstrates the power of determination as if the last moment on this planet depended on it.

    February 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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