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Huckabee and Hollywood

Will Mike Huckabee be a friend to Hollywood?

Here’s a sidelight from all of the controversy swirling around Mike Huckabee’s 1992 comments about AIDS patients.

In an AP questionaire he filled out while running for U.S. Senate, Huckabee suggested that AIDS patients be isolated. On Sunday, he told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” “I’m not going to recant or retract from the statement that I did make.”

But Huckabee also questioned the need for additional federal funding for AIDS research, and wrote that “an alternative would be to request that multi-millionaire celebrities, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna, and others who are pushing for more AIDS funding, be encouraged to give out of their own personal treasuries in increased amounts for AIDS research.”

In other words, entertainment can be called upon to step up and help, even to the point of filling the federal government’s void. It’s certainly a different approach to Hollywood than other GOP candidates’ campaigns have taken in recent election cycles. They have tended to condemn the liberal elites of the business.

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