Earlier this weekend, David Kravitz of the blog BlueMassGroup uncovered a 2008 video of 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]
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.