Huckabee on Having Gays in His White House: Absolutely, Why Not?

Via HRC’s Back Story comes this clip of Mike Huckabee on last night’s Larry King Live.

On “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: “I probably would let the military make that decision. One thing I don’t think you need is a president who’s trying to tell the military how to run the military, other than set broad policy agenda. The Uniform Code of Military Conduct is the best way to handle that and I would leave it to — to those who run the military.”

On having a gay person in his administration: “Absolutely. Why not? People are competent because — not with anything to do with their sexual orientation. I have people who are homosexual that work for me in the governor’s office. And it was not a qualification. I think you should never (cut off)…”

On his AIDS quarantine remarks: “Well, and I said I think the word isolated. And would I say that today? No, of course not. We know so much more than we did. That was 1992 — 15 years ago. And I know some would say but we knew it then. But, you know, I talked to medical doctors back then and even who have said this to me now, we said we knew, but we weren’t absolutely, positively sure. And the information we were getting was from our government. And, frankly, a lot of people who weren’t trusting our government than anymore than are trusting it now. But would I say that today? No, I wouldn’t, absolutely not, because we do know better now. In fact, I’m committed, as president, to do more to help on both HIV and AIDS funding than we have done in the past, and even include HIV as part of the Medicaid coverage, because it’s consistent with the idea it’s better to prevent diseases than it is to treat them.”

Back Story has the full transcript, plus news that neither Ryan White’s mother or HRC has heard from the Huckabee campaign about his agreement to meet with Jeanne White-Ginder.

Huckabee’s remarks contrast starkly with comments from a book he wrote in 1998, which were recently unearthed.

Mother Jones reports:

Kidswhokill“In a 1998 book decrying American culture, Huckabee was no seeker of common ground. He drew stark lines, equating environmentalists with pornographers and homosexuality with pedophilia and necrophilia. He also declared that people who do not believe in God tend to be immoral and to engage in ‘destructive behavior.’ He drew a rather harsh picture of an American society starkly split between people of faith and those of a secular bent, with the latter being a direct and immediate threat to the nation…In Kids Who Kill, Huckabee argued that school shootings were the product of a society in decline, a decline marked (and caused) by abortion, pornography, media violence, out-of-wedlock sex, divorce, drug use, and, of course, homosexuality…In lamenting the “cultural conflicts” besetting the country, he wrote, ‘Abortion, environmentalism, AIDS, pornography, drug abuse, and homosexual activism have fragmented and polarized our communities.’ Why was he lumping environmentalism with activities he considered sinful? He did not explain further. A few pages later, Huckabee complained, ‘It is now difficult to keep track of the vast array of publicly endorsed and institutionally supported aberrations—from homosexuality and pedophilia to sadomasochism and necrophilia.’ Huckabee did not say what public endorsement of pedophilia or necrophilia he had in mind. But he did seem to be equating homosexuality with both.”

Mike Huckabee talks about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, AIDS on Larry King [hrc back story]


  1. Dan E says

    Well he’s changed his tune.

    I have to say, covering HIV with Medicaid is actually an admirable idea. Not that I would ever vote for Huck, but I hope some of the less insane candidates take up that idea. It ludicrous that you can’t get Medicaid coverage until you have full-blown AIDs.

  2. Sebastian says

    Well, while, I don’t know what’s in his heart, its good that at least he is not on the old “no blacks, gays or Jews” mantra” that so many still hang onto in this day and age when running for office under his party.

  3. anon ( says

    Huckabee: We’ve found out just recently, Larry, that straight people, normal people! also get AIDS! It’s like, who knew?? God, works in mysterious ways, Larry, so why he would punish innocent kids like Ryan White with AIDS is not for me to say–maybe it was something his mother did–I’ll ask her when we meet…

  4. says

    Exactly, Dave. He has his eye on the general election and knows his extreme views on gays, women, etc will hurt him with moderate voters. Thus, he’s soft-pedaling and trying to appear as a nice guy. Another word for that is lying.

  5. Jonathon says

    This man is a fraud and I can only hope that the gay-hating minions that make up the GOP’s base will hear Huckabee’s words and walk the other way.

    Where was the follow-up question? “Mr. Huckabee, given that you don’t have a problem with gay people serving in your administration, how can you support and promote policies that make these same individuals de facto and de jure second-class citizens? With your record and your outspoken views against homosexuality, why should any gay person vote for you?”

  6. Joel says

    I know this wasn’t the point of the article, but he doesn’t think the president should control the armed services? This crack-pot doesn’t even know the job definition of the presidency.

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