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

Filed under: Mike Huckabee
soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. AJ, Iowa City, IA

    Huckabee is taking Mitt's message, again! This man is not smart enough to stay in the race. He is just mad that a Mormon has more delegates than he does. I wish the press would call him out.

    February 18, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. voting with pride, not jumping on bandwagon

    Would love a down to earth 1st family such as the Huckabees.

    February 18, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. Virginia

    Does Huckabee think bowling and playing a musical instrument makes him qualified to be president? Shows you what an idiot he is.

    February 18, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. AC

    Say what you want, but you gotta love this guy!

    February 18, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Jerry

    Life has to be great for this man...I mean a few months ago nobody outside of Arkansas knew who he was, he didnt even know who he was...Look this guy is painting himself as a conservative but look where he stand on the issues...He has no chance of winning Huckster is just trying to get paid which he is starting to do....Only in America!

    February 18, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Off to the Caymans to deliver a speech?

    No doubt the speech was attended by average Americans who always make the Caymans their first choice?

    More of the same pandering to the privileged in he hopes of sneaking into the White House to continue the Bush leagcy of favoring the rich and increasing the ranks of the poor!

    Nice job, Huckleberry!

    February 18, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Wehre's Chuck Norris. He & Huckabee hang out alot. Huckabee should have Chuck eliminate the competition :-).

    February 18, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Frank of DC

    Huckabee would have been the best choice for the GOP. McCain will lose to Obama

    February 18, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Ken Austin, TX

    The last sentence of this article is PRICELESS!

    "Mrs. Huckabee told CNN that on her first date with Huckabee – when her name, ironically, was Janet McCain – they went bowling."

    February 18, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Peter Kavanagh

    Huckabee should announce at noon that he is dropping out so that erpub's can shift over and vote for Obama .

    Obama 08

    February 18, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Andrew, Nashville TN

    Journalism 101 should have taught you that it is not, in fact, "ironic" that Janet Huckabee's maiden-name was "McCain". "Coincidently..." would have been the correct choice of words. Irony seems to be a most misunderstood concept, sadly, even for journalists who should be adept in the English language.

    February 18, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. John

    The attacks on Huckabee never cease to amaze me. Basically doing nothing other than to insult him, his state, and his faith in God.

    That and sour grapes -or more likely – those pretending sour grapes so they can be ugly to him while making it appear that they are Mormons. That way they can slam two enemies at once – Huckabee and Mormons by making Mormons appear bigoted.

    My wife's Grandmother was a Mormon and I for one don't believe these people are Mormons at all! After all, Mormons and Huckabee share values both being pro-family, pro-life advocates. And Mormons don't behave at all like these hate mongers. Their drival is an insult to real Mormons.

    February 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Amanda C

    Mike Huckabee has my vote!!! What a great guy!!! If he is not a threat why all the nasty comments! Why do you even bother reading an article about him if you despise him that much! Mike Huckabee will make a great President. If you would take the time to look at his record, he is truly the most qualified to run our country. WE LOVE YOU MIKE!!!!

    February 18, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Dennis

    I love that his wife's maiden name is McCain.

    I think we could do a lot worse than to have Huckabee as President. That said, he is not the candidate I'm currently supporting. His chance at getting nominated is incredibly slim. At this point, his best bet is to get picked up as a VP.

    February 18, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Trev

    Let the guy make some money. Being a person of faith does not make you stupid. I am voting for HILLARY CLINTON but I respect a guy who as figured out that the Bible does not say anything about capital gains tax cuts.

    February 18, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Kevin

    I find it very illuminating that Mike Huckabee is talking about the "future of the Republican Party." You hear that alot from McCain and Romney, too. I thought these candidates were all supposed to be running for president of the whole UNITED STATES! The Republican Party has become the party of pandering to the base, 50.1%, divide and rule politics. Until they do some serious soul searching and recognize the mess that George W. Bush has made of this country, and that we need SOLUTIONS, they deserve to be left out in the cold.

    February 18, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Jason

    I can't help it. I really like Mike Huckabee. Even if his chances are very slim, I'm still gonna vote for him in NC.

    February 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. HeatherNC

    Anyone who attacks Governor Huckabee's intelligence has not been following this race very closely and speaks with little knowledge themselves. I mean, any presidential candidate has a leg up on the intelligence scale. I did not support Mitt Romeny, but I never thought he was a moron. It's just that Huckabee seems to rank higher on the common sense scale when put next to anyone else running for presidents. Americans aren't used to seeing that.

    And you have to admit that there are 3 senators in this election who are all getting a salary as they campaign. So who really cares that the only non-senator took a day to earn a paycheck. I mean, who cares? How could any working American have a problem with that? This hypocritical attitude and this cynicism is just so disappointing.

    Leisure activities that any presidential candidate participates in, even instrument playing, is a comment on personality. Huckabee isn't stuffy. He has a certain musical talent, can bowl. Sure, he could hide his personality–not mention that he plays an instrument–in order to fit a predisposed image that others have. So the guy actually has a personality. I really don't think that counts against him. At this point in the race, a little light activity is refreshing.

    Just check out Huckabee and do yourself a great favor.

    February 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Huckabee needs to stop wasting people's hard earned money and call it a day. He's not going to win, and he needs to stop being delusional and irresponsible.

    February 18, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Barrett A. Metzler, Bearden, AR 71720

    The comments against Mike show this country why we need someone with his faith, his honesty and his humor. The negative comments are made by people who have never seen civility, don't recognize a gentleman's attitude and have listened to too many partisans to recognize what unity really is.

    February 18, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. David, Gilbert Arizona

    We've already had 8 years with a President most people said they would like to share a beer with. I could care less if the Huckster knows how to bowl or how often he gets on his knees to pray. I'm more interested in his past record as govenor and what he intends to do about our economy.

    February 18, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. ben

    If there is one thing I have learned from this campaign, it is how much hate there is out there.
    Many bloggers who support their candidates write inteligent supporting things about their choice . Too many spew out hate against the candidate
    they oppose.
    It makes me wonder if all this hatred is so imbeded in so many people,
    that it partially explains all these sensless murders on school grounds,
    and places like McDonalds restaurants etc.
    We live in a wonderfull country . Where does all this hate come from?
    I wish all these hate mongers would sit down and pray to whatever god
    they believe in to help them get rid of this evil.
    Every single candidate from the very beginning of this race are good decent Americans..

    February 18, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  23. Mike in Austin

    Who cares? Huck-a-wanna-be is completely irrelevant

    February 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Bobby

    Wow, I cannot believe how negative some of you people view Huckabee. I disagree with a majority of his position on the issues and I would not vote for him, but he's one of the most genuine people I've seen run for public office in a long time. Some of you need to gain a sense of humor and humanity.

    February 18, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Shelly

    tsk tsk....bowling on Sunday...what happened to keeping the Sabbath day holy?

    February 18, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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