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Huck smartly uses AIDS quote controversy to smack Romney upside the head


According to the AFP via Breitbart:
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, former Arkansas governor Huckabee said he would probably "say things a little differently" now than when he was asked his views on AIDS 15 years ago.

"But what I'm not going to do is to go back and now try to change every story I've ever had. I'm going to simply say that that was exactly what I said. I don't run from it, don't recant from it," he said.

As a Senate candidate in 1992, Huckabee told The Associated Press that if the US government wanted to deal effectively with AIDS, "we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague."
Emphasis added, of course -- and what a nice, neat shot at the candidate (a) whose camp is pushing the AIDS story hardest while (b) being the last person who should be encouraging scrutiny of past statements and positions.

Contrast this example of embracing an embarrassing past statement (while, of course, trying to explain past rationale and present change of heart so as to limit campaign damage) with that certain *other* candidate, who has cut and run like a frightened cat from past positions and statements (like going from "I am the pro-choice candidate in this race [against Ted Kennedy]" to making a claim of being the "only consistent conservative" in the race).

Even when an opponent is trying to pull the rug out from under his improbable candidacy, Huck can turn the tables effectively (not that it's the toughest thing to smack the Romney camp around, as they tend to resemble the Keystone Kops far more often than they would like).

He's a smooth operator. Now if only he weren't so rabidly opposed to free trade, immigration enforcement, and fiscal conservatism...


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