Mike Huckabee really has issues with AIDS. According to the Associated Press, Huckabee wanted to isolate AIDS patients, according to a 1992 questionnaire he filled out when running for the U.S. Senate.
Huckabee on Huckabee:
Huckabee answered 229 questions submitted to him by The Associated Press. Besides a quarantine, Huckabee suggested that Hollywood celebrities fund AIDS research from their own pockets, rather than federal health agencies.
“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,” Huckabee wrote.
“It is difficult to understand the public policy towards. 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.”
In 1992, it was common knowledge that AIDS could not be spread by casual contact, the article continues.
And then there was this little gem as well:
Also in the wide-ranging AP questionnaire in 1992, Huckabee said, “I feel homosexuality is an aberrant, unnatural, and sinful lifestyle, and we now know it can pose a dangerous public health risk.”
The man has flip-flopped considerably on this issue since then. He now claims that his administration, “will be the first to have an overarching strategy for dealing with HIV and AIDS here in the United States, with a partnership between the public and private sectors that will provide necessary financing and a realistic path toward our goals.”
We can only wonder what that strategy would be. And hope we never find out.
If any Republicans are reading, consider how a President Huckabee would treat your gay son or daughter.