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Tuesday
Mar012011

Mike Huckabee Falsely Suggests Obama Grew Up in Kenya

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Potential 2012 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said he “would love to know more” about President Obama's birth certificate and mistakenly referred to the president’s experience “growing up in Kenya” in an interview on a New York radio station on Monday.

Huckabee made the comments in an interview with conservative talk radio host Steve Malzberg, who asked the former Arkansas governor whether he thought it was troubling that “we don’t have a health record, we don’t have a college record, we don’t have a birth certificate” for Obama.

“I would love to know more,” said Huckabee, who is a Fox News host and is currently in the midst of a nationwide tour for his new book. "What I know is troubling enough."

“If you think about it, his perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather,” Huckabee said, “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.”

Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 and raised there, and spent several years in Indonesia. His father was from Kenya, but Obama did not travel there until later in life.

Hogan Gidley, the director of Huckabee's political action committee, sought to clarify the former governor's remarks on Tuesday.

“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," Gidley told ABC News. "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.” 

Huckabee’s most recent comments contradict statements he made in a Good Morning America interview last week with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. Then, Huckabee dismissed birther conspiracies as “nonsense.”

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