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Scott Brown Denies Asserting That Obama Was Born Out Of Wedlock, Refuses To Apologize

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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Earlier this weekend, David Kravitz of the blog BlueMassGroup uncovered a 2008 videoof State Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Tuesday’s special election, speculating that then-candidate Barack Obama was born out of wedlock. Today, ThinkProgress caught up with Brown to explain his comments, and asked if he would apologize for the accusation:

TP: You said that he, his mother wasn’t married when [Obama] was born.You’re not apologizing for that video?

BROWN: Excuse me, now I wanna answer this question. I was asked whether the president’s parents were married. I said I didn’t know. That was the extent of the question.

But Brown was never asked about the marital status of Obama’s parents. During the 2008 video, Brown volunteered the assertion that Obama was born out of wedlock:

BROWN: Barack’s mom had him when she was what, 18 years old?

GUEST: And married!

BROWN: Well, I don’t know about that. [laughing]

Watch it:

The unfounded smear that Obama was born out of wedlock emerged from the far-right birther movement, which claims that Obama was also born in Kenya, rather than Hawaii. Instead of backtracking and apologizing for his smear, Brown lied and said he was merely responding to a question about Obama’s parents.

Brown has postured as a moderate — telling the public on Saturday, “He’s my President and I agree with him I think on more issues than Martha Coakley.” But the truth is, Brown has courted the far-right tea party movement, gaining support from anti-immigrant hate groups and nativist political organizations. Brown doubts the science of global warming, and opposes health reform, energy reform, and financial reform. So far as ThinkProgress has learned, Coakley supports Obama’s agenda of reform, and has never questioned the marital status of the president’s parents.

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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Malapertinent
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Big Freaking Deal!!!

Ridiculous hyper-sensitive BS...thick skin people...politics requires a thick skin...

This rhetoric coming from the same likes of folk who SUPPORTED David Letterman's disgusting comments on Sarah Palin's daughter...

Give me a break.  

Raintree
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Yes, misunderstandings are always worse than lies.

cagnew80
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Ummm... based on the quotes in the article, it sounds like he said what he claimed to have said... he didn't know if she was married or not.

And who the heck cares, anyway? If that's the worst they can come up with, then the guy must be pretty decent. I have said worse things then that about BO....

SxyMartini
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:18 PM


Quoting cagnew80:

Ummm... based on the quotes in the article, it sounds like he said what he claimed to have said... he didn't know if she was married or not.

And who the heck cares, anyway? If that's the worst they can come up with, then the guy must be pretty decent. I have said worse things then that about BO....

I'm sorry are you running for a SENATE SEAT? 

SxyMartini
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM


Quoting Malapertinent:

Big Freaking Deal!!!

Ridiculous hyper-sensitive BS...thick skin people...politics requires a thick skin...

This rhetoric coming from the same likes of folk who SUPPORTED David Letterman's disgusting comments on Sarah Palin's daughter...

Give me a break.  

Poor Palin! WWWAAAAAAAAAaaaaaa

crying

samthecat001
by Bronze Member on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:21 PM

lol
the reporter says that he said Obama was born out of wedlock and said that he said he was a bastard and that his mother want married.  the guy simply said "i dont know that" regarding if obamas mom was married when she gave birth.
lol.. whats wrong with this reporter.

SxyMartini
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Why not just say I am sorry if there was a misunderstanding, that's not what I meant.? Is that so hard to do? Guess he doesn't mind being an ***. 

georgia362
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:37 PM

sounds like liberal lies as usual.i hope brown wins he seems like a nice guy.

georgia362
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:42 PM
sounds like a liberal lie.brown seems like a nice guy i hope he wins.its just a liberal attack because they are afraid they are going to lose which i hope they do.
georgia362
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:44 PM

dumbocrats are so afraid they are going to lose and i hope they do.

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