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December 9, 2007

Huckabee, Still A Bigot

by Kevin

Mike Huckabee reiterated on Fox News Sunday that he is still a bigot:

GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said Sunday he won’t run from his statement 15 years ago that AIDS patients should have been isolated.

Huckabee acknowledged the prevailing scientific view then, and since, that the virus that causes AIDS is not spread through casual contact, but said that was not certain. He cited revelations in 1991 that a dentist had infected a patient in an extraordinary case that highlighted the risk of infection through contact with blood or bodily fluids.

“I still believe this today,” he said in a broadcast interview, that “we were acting more out of political correctness” in responding to the AIDS crisis. “I don’t run from it, I don’t recant it,” he said of his position in 1992. Yet he said he would state his view differently in retrospect.

Huckabee, as a Senate candidate that year, told The Associated Press that “we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague” if the federal government was going to deal with the spread of the disease effectively. “It is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents,” he said then.

So Mike Huckabee still believes AIDS patients are more dangerous than rapists.

Don’t worry though, the Republican Party will probably nominate him based on these statements alone.

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4 Comments

  1. That is all we need is more stigmatization. People will be less inclined to find out what they have contracted under his administration.

    Comment by uhm — December 9, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
  2. Before the primary season, I figured if McCain was the GOP nominee, I was going to vote third party. But now, I think that third party motivation is up to two. A Huckabee administration scares me for the simple fact that it seems he will blatantly try to legislate his version of morality on the American people – that is, using the federal government to enact “good works.” Now I understand that faith generally influences one in all aspects of life, but it is not the place of government to promote one’s version of faith through bigger government. Leave that to the state police power through the several legislatures.

    Comment by Adam — December 10, 2007 @ 5:19 am
  3. I’m not sure that I would call Mike Huckabee a bigot. I think he is just plum arrogant and has the liberal mindset in a conservative wrapper that he knows what is best and is willing to use the power of government to enforce it.

    Comment by Ken H — December 10, 2007 @ 5:23 pm
  4. I was thinking of supporting Huckabee because I initially thought he was more conservative than Mitt. I now realize how shallow he is, using his so-called religious credentials to garner votes. I’m voting for Romney. His platform is strong national defense, fiscal conservatism, and family values. Huckabee’s platform is his version of what he calls “Christianity”.

    Comment by HT Springer — December 12, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

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