February 15, 1996 in Nation/World

Newt, Magic Differ On Hiv

Associated Press

House Speaker Newt Gingrich rejected Magic Johnson’s appeal on behalf of HIV-infected soldiers Wednesday, saying the basketball star doesn’t understand the realities of war.

Johnson had written to Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, urging them to support President Clinton’s decision to fight in Congress and the courts against a new requirement to discharge military personnel with the virus that causes AIDS.

Johnson, who has the HIV virus, asked Gingrich and Dole to support the repeal on behalf of service members “who, like me, just want to do their jobs and provide for their families.”

But Gingrich said the risk was too great.

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