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Huckabee and Aids ...



Much is being made today of Mike Huckabee's 1992 comments regarding AIDS. 

I have three thoughts:

1.  I am not convinced that Huckabee's past stand will hurt him in a Republican Primary -- particulary in the Iowa Caucus ...
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2. Regardless of whether his comments were right or wrong, Huckabee has wisely avoided backtracking.  When you backtrack in politics, two things usually happen:    a) You don't win over your enemies, and b) you actually anger your supporters who agreed with you from the beginning ... 

3.  It's important to put the comments in context; Just a year earlier -- in 1991 -- Magic Johnson announced publicly that he was HIV-positive.  This was a stunning revelation, and most people believed Johnson would be dead within a few years.  Obviously, that was not the case.  While AIDS had been around since the 80s, the perception has changed dramatically in the past 15 years.

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