Mike Huckabee A Birther? Presidential Hopeful Believes Obama Grew Up In Kenya – Update

Presumptive presidential hopeful and Fox News weekend anchor Mike Huckabee sat down today with conservative radio host Steve Malzberg today to talk about, among other things, where President Barack Obama was born and raised. Somewhat surprisingly, Huckabee came pretty close to revealing himself as a “birther”, or in other words, a conspiracy theorist who believes that Obama is ineligible for the Presidency of the United States because he was not born in the United States.

This very well might change the odds of Huckabee potentially earning the GOP nomination and will raise questions on how his Fox News cohorts will cover his candidacy and political positions moving forward.

Writing for the NY Times Caucus blog, Michael D. Shear reports on the specifics of Huckabee’s comments:

The comments were prompted by the conservative radio host Steve Malzberg, who asked Mr. Huckabee, “how come we don’t have a health record, we don’t have a college record, we don’t have a birth certificate — why, Mr. Obama did you spend millions of dollars in courts all over this country to defend against having to present a birth certificate?”

The former governor responded, “I would love to know more. What I know is troubling enough.” Mr. Huckabee, who is now a Fox News host, then talked repeatedly about his concerns that Mr. Obama was raised in Kenya.

“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather,” Mr. Huckabee said.

The question of whether or not Obama was in fact born in Hawaii has become a flashpoint for conspiracy theorists who believe that there is a government led cover-up over the president’s place of birth, though even most right-of-center commentators like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly have dismissed the conspiracy theory.

Update: Politico’s Ben Smith has a statement from Huckabee’s spokesperson that says the former Governor was simply confused:

“Governor Huckabee simply misspoke when he alluded to President Obama growing up in ‘Kenya.’ The Governor meant to say the President grew up in Indonesia.”

“When the Governor mentioned he wanted to know more about the President, he wasn’t talking about the President’s place of birth – the Governor believes the President was born in Hawaii. The Governor would however like to know more about where President Obama’s liberal policies come from and what else the President plans to do to this country – as do most Americans.”

Listen to the audio clip, courtesy of WOR radio below:

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