Scott Brown Swears He Never Claimed ISIS Could Breach U.S. Border (But He Did Claim That)

In Tuesday night’s New Hampshire senatorial debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked Republican candidate Scott Brown (R-Northeast) what evidence he had to support his claim that ISIS threatened to breach the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brown’s response: “With respect, I did not say that — what I have said is ISIS is real. When you’re talking about how people come into the United States, we have evidence and we have known that we have people coming through the border illegally.”

But Brown did say that, as Bloomberg Politics’ Dave Weigel pointed out, and a host of equivalent statements, in everything from a foreign policy speech to campaign ads. He was, in fact, one of the most vocal connectors of ISIS and the border in a campaign season lousy with them.

The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly rolled its eyes as the theory that ISIS, a regional terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, is stalking the U.S.’s southern border. Perhaps this was why Brown backed away from the claim when actually pressed for evidence of it. Campaign ads don’t ask followup questions.

Watch the video below, via C-SPAN:

[h/t Bloomberg Politics]

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