Huckabee Defends AIDS Quarantine Remarks
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.
In addition, he complained that AIDS received more funding than other diseases such as cancer and heart disease:
In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional federal spending can be justified. 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.
On Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace asked about those remarks. Huckabee responded:
Chris, I didn’t say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease and we didn’t really know just how extensive and how dramatic it could be and the impact of it, that we didn’t isolate the carrier.
That’s nothing more than a round about way of saying that HIV+ people should have been quarantined.
Here is the interview:
Click to read the transcript of Huckabee’s interview with Chris Wallace.