ABC News Michael Falcone reports:
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 told Malzberg, “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.”
At another point in the interview, Huckabee said, “one thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, very different than the average American.”
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.
Huckabee’s apparent openness to engaging in questions about Obama’s birth in the radio interview contradict statements he made in a “Good Morning America” interview last week with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Then, Huckabee dismissed birther conspiracies as “nonsense.”
“If there was any shred of truth to it, Hillary Clinton and her wonderful investigative opposition research machine would have found it and would have used it," Huckabee told ABC news. "For Republicans to even be bringing it up, I think it's a waste of energy and time.”
ABC's Steven Portnoy contributed reporting to this post.
Watch Huckabee's "Good Morning America" interview last week: