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Mike Huckabee wanted to quarantine AIDS patients

[UPDATE from RUSS:  Huck’s on Fox News Sunday trying to defend his statements.  Said that in late 80s and early 90s we didn’t know a whole lot about AIDS.  Chris Wallace actually called him on it and stated that in 1985 we knew it wasn’t “casually transmittable”.  Huck responded that a woman testified in 1991 that she got AIDS from her dentist.  Huck continues that he was being generic, that our AIDS policies in back in the day were more concerned with political correctness than epidemiological realities.]

From the rapist/murderer-releasing Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor who is surging in the polls, a view into his mindset (and “Christian” thinking) about AIDS. This is from a questionnaire back in 1992 during a senate race:

“If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague. It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS. 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 also didn’t feel any more funding was necessary, even given his above hysteria.

“In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified,” Huckabee wrote. “An alternative would be to request that multimillionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor (,) Madonna and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries increased amounts for AIDS research.”

Now, you wonder what Huck thinks about his statements today. As usual, he makes sh*t up that isn’t true. He tries to cite that no one knew about how HIV was transmitted at the time.

Huckabee said in a prepared statement released by his campaign Saturday afternoon that he called for quarantine when there was a lot of confusion about how AIDS is spread. He said he wanted at the time to follow traditional medical practices used for dealing with tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.

We now know that the virus that causes AIDS is spread differently, with a lower level of contact than with TB,” Huckabee said. “But looking back almost 20 years, my concern was the uncertain risk to the general population – if we got it wrong, many people would die needlessly. My concern was safety first, political correctness last.”

When Huckabee wrote his answers in 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact.… The nation had an increased awareness of AIDS at the time because pro basketball star Magic Johnson had recently disclosed he carried the virus responsible for it. Johnson retired but returned to the NBA briefly during the 1995-96 season.

Sigh. Huckabee also said this in the questionnaire — someone should ask if he still believes this:

“I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”

Will the MSM give him a pass? Do you think any of his rivals will dare to blast him on this, lest it be interpreted as defending the homos?

Huck on immigration, after the jump.And how about Huck’s realistic plan to handle the 12 million + illegal immigrants already here — require them to go home and return and enter legally:

“It’s tough,” he said, “but I also think it’s fair, giving people 120 days to go back and then start the process all over. People will say, ‘Well, how will they go back?’ Well, they got here. They’ll figure out the same way they got here to go back.”

Let’s see — if some of these folks are off the economic “grid,” how on earth does someone start the 120-day clock? Oh, why am I bothering to ask questions about this insanity? I guess it sounds rational to someone out there.

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