Earlier this year, it was reported that Mike Huckabee was linked to the promotions of controversial cures for diabetes and cancer.
The New York Times noted in March that Huckabee appeared in an Internet infomercial for the "Diabetes Solution Kit," in which he stated, "Let me tell you, diabetes can be reversed. I should know because I did it. Today you can, too.”
The kit turned out to be dietary supplements made of cinnamon and chromium picolinate, which Huckabee later admitted didn't cure his diabetes.
Folks on Huckabee's email list got an advertisement in January that suggested there was a cure for cancer hidden in the Bible, noted The New York Times. The ad linked to HealthRevelations.com, which asked, "Did our creator 'encode' a cancer cure on the 859th page of ancient Bible?"
There was a disclaimer on the email that claimed Huckabee didn't endorse the Bible cancer cure ad.
Huckabee, who recently announced that he was running for president in 2016, appeared on CNN today where he tried to distance himself from the Bible cancer cure ad, noted RawStory.com (video below).
When asked by CNN host Jake Tapper about the cancer cure ad, Huckabee replied:
Well, I never signed that letter. I mean, I have a huge email list that I developed over many years. And we did, in fact, rent it out to entities.
But my gosh, that’s like saying, you run some ads on CNN, do you personally agree with all the ads that run on CNN? I doubt you do. I’m sure there’s some for maybe, I don’t know, catheters or adult diapers, they’re not products you use or that you necessarily believe in. I don’t hold you responsible for that.
In that same way, I don't think people who understand how advertising works would hold me responsible for something I didn't personally sign up for or endorse.
However, Tapper doesn't own CNN, while Huckabee does own his e-mail list.
Tapper reminded Huckabee that there's a difference between catheters and adult diapers, and "hucksterism, in terms of selling Bible verses curing cancer."
Huckabee again pointed out that Tapper probably doesn't use all the products advertised on CNN, which Tapper doesn't own, and added, "I didn’t actually run that part of my company."
The Hill reported in 2014 how Huckabee lectured Christians about needing to have a "Biblical understanding of personal stewardship and responsibility."