LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is calling the racially charged writings of three Republican House candidates embarrassing, but says he doesn't believe they reflect the views of the state or the GOP.
The Democratic governor told reporters Tuesday the writings by state Rep. Jon Hubbard, Rep. Loy Mauch and House candidate Charlie Fuqua are sad, but don't represent the state.
Hubbard wrote in a 2009 book that slavery was a "blessing in disguise" and Fuqua advocated deporting all Muslims in a 2011 book. Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a war criminal and defended slavery in dozens of letters to a Little Rock newspaper.
Republican leaders have distanced themselves from the comments, and the GOP has said it won't contribute any more to the three candidates.
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