Huck and AIDS

Mike Huckabee's 1992 comments about homosexuality -- "sinful," he says --- aren't going to be terribly controversial with his supporters in Iowa, although the press may harp on them (to his benefit, probably).

His belief, back then, that AIDS patients should be quarantined -- completely (willfully?) ignoring the mechanism of transmission -- is much weirder and harder to defend.

CBS' Joy Lin is on the trail with Huckabee in South Carolina this morning and reports that the governor did not take questions about the AP questionnaire per se, but did do a little pre-speech inoculation.

“Many of you know that I’m a human being that’s going to make a whole lot of mistakes, in fact you’re going to hear that I am a human being that’s made a lot of mistakes. In fact, if you don’t know that yet, just keep reading all the press releases from my opponents,” said Huckabee to a chuckling audience. “And when they can’t find enough, they’ll make some up.”

In any event, Huckabee is nowhere near his 1992 position today. He supports dramatic increases in HIV/AIDS prevention funding.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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