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. Ed K.

    Huckabee seems like a very nice guy but the Christan Taliban of the party doesn't have as much pull as they did when Bush was elected. If the party could get rid of the Ann Colters and the Glenn Becks it might be a good party for aging Democrats sense the MTV crowd has taken over their party.

    February 18, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. Snarf, Atlanta

    Huckabee supporters are so delusional. It's a good thing they aren't going to have anyone to vote for in November. They can stay home and thump their Bibles, while the rest of us go and choose between two secular candidates - just like our foundfing farthers wanted us to.

    February 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Joyce, Indiana

    You socialists sound like a brood of vipers to me -"those nasty comments". Another vote for Huckabe here.

    February 18, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Bakin, LA, CA

    Hahaha...a down to earth first family...
    LIke his son that tortured and killed a dog at a summer camp?
    Or the same son who was removed from an airport for carrying a gun?
    NIce People...

    Get rid of Tax Hike Mike...Only Ron Paul is worthy of the Pub Nomination...the rest of them are just a bunch of big government Libs..

    February 18, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  5. Janel, St. Paul, MN


    Well said. And for me, that man is Barack Obama!

    February 18, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    These people are truly two country bumpkins.

    February 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Valerie

    Huckabee is the only candidate I trust to lead our nation. Calling traditional values "radical" promoted by only a "fringe conservative minority" should motivate voters to rush to the polls in droves. I'm voting for Huckabee in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday.

    February 18, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Pat

    Guess if playing the saxaphone, playing golf and being governor of Arkansas is enough to get Clinton elected, then I think Huckabee is equally qualified.

    February 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. what?

    It is time for him to drop out gracefully. If he really does feel his moral/religious standards are of utmost importance there are
    plenty of more useful places for his energy and money.
    This is a country–be very careful about making such a diverse
    country a Baptist church. Drop out Huckabee and let the more
    capable McCain get on with the next phase of reforming a party
    that could really benefit from him.

    February 18, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Jacque Bauer

    Erik has it exactly right. Let Joe Six Pack hang with the gang at the bowling alley. We need the absolute best and brightest to lead us in this dangerous and competitive world. People with much more important things to tend to.

    Anything less puts us on the down escalator at a time when other countries are taking the express elevator up!

    Unfortunately, after Romney dropped out, the remaining lists on both sides have no one of that stature and capability left.

    February 18, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. angela

    Mike Huckabee represents conservative America...We love you Mike and support you all the way!

    February 18, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. See Through the Lies

    Stop the bias; Stop the lies...!

    Go Huckabee!!!

    February 18, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Cary Lacayo

    He needs to get paid, so the bills get paid just like all of us. He does not get tax payer salaries as the other candidates. People need to just listen to him and then make comments. Give him a chance, he got my vote and YES he is the conservative choice for all those out there that care about being a conservative. Mccain will lead us into problems, will lead us into liberal situations, will lead us into compromise with the democrats.

    Go to Huckabee.com and see for yourself, don't just follow the rest...

    February 18, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. John

    1,200,000 abortions (read innocents murdered) a year. It's worse than I realized.

    And only Hucabee is willing to stand 100% for their right to live.

    He has my vote even without his many other qualifactions like ten and a half years of executive experience, a strong border, abolish the IRS, a comittment to a strong armed forrces, etc.!!

    February 18, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. max25

    Huckabee is an awesome, down-to-earth guy. He is incredibly smart and has strong views on the most important issues that face this country as we look into the future. We need Huckabee to lead of us the right direction, which he will do! Go Huckabee!

    My vote is for Huckabee!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    Is the following an IRONY or just pure COINCIDENCE?

    "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."

    This is an improper use of the word "ironically," methinks.


    February 18, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    And, what special interest group paid for this trip and speech? The Cayman Islands??

    Wow. Preach on brutha, preach on.

    February 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. That's Reality

    In response to Virginia – No Huckabe does not think bowling and playing an instrument qualifies him for the presidency. Perhaps this is your perception of him because this is what the media presents to you. You and every other voter should realize you need to do a little of your own work to find out what the candidates are really all about. One candidate I haven't been able to find enough info on to know where he REALLY stands is Obama, which is why I find it ludicrous that people would support him. How do you know where a candidate stands when he votes "present" on a piece of legislation rather than yes or no? His battlecry word is "Change" which could very well mean a change to something FAR WORSE....yes, it could get worse than it is!

    My vote goes to HUCKABEE.

    February 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Dale

    go away false prophet!

    February 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Gary

    I believe Huckabee is what our country needs in the coming years. I do not know what challemges he will face but I believe he knows how to solve problems. And the USA/We do have major problems. I do not believe he has a chance to win but I will curtainly not count him out. "Go Huckabee"

    February 18, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Corey, Maryland

    This has as much to do with politics as Hillary's fetish with Mango Ice cream...

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    February 18, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Logan

    I decided not to vote for Huckabee after he lied about his rival's positions and after constantly making mean, cheap shots about another candidate every chance he gets. He seems so hate filled. Plus, he has shown poor judgment by pardoning over 1000 felons and by encouraging the release of a rapist who then went out and raped and killed a girl. That and his flip-flops on immigration and taxes are too much to take. Huckabee is a disaster and his unwillingness to get out of the race when McCain will win unless he dies, just shows you he is in it for himself and not the important causes of the party.

    February 18, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Jon Moffett

    David, so what you are saying is Mike Huckabee is a threat to win this race? And as far as record goes, I would rather have someone who is not looking to shake hands across the aisle. I want someone who will stand firm on his principles. I have not seen Huckabee change an answer this entire election process. Now McCain on the other hand..........

    February 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Moe, NY

    Hopefully, the Republican Party has no immediate future in America...not until they clean up their act anyway. They have a lot of explaining to do...from Bush right on down. I am looking forward to a lot of the current (including the ones that already have jumped ship, or have been ousted) administration being brought to justice for their corrpution and lies. The worst possibly senario for America right now would be to put another Republican at the helm.

    February 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hey, Sebastian from Germany:

    Nobody can ever be in favor of abortion but as a 77 year old woman that is a decision I will never have to make. I DO NOT feel I have the right to make that decision for younger women. Where do you get the right to make that decision for complete strangers. It is a problem you
    personally will have to make. Talk about having balls!

    February 18, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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