Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Tuesday night denied that he previously suggested that Islamic State militants could cross the southern border into the U.S.
During the New Hampshire Senate debate, moderator Chuck Todd asked Brown what evidence he had to suggest that the southern border is “the most obvious pathway for terrorists to enter our country.”
“With respect, I did not say that — what I have said is ISIS is real,” Brown responded.
“Is there a possibility?” Brown continued. “It’s been raised that there are opportunities for people to come through that border. What are their intentions, I’m not sure, but they have made it very clear that they want to plant a flag in the White House.”
Yet Brown has made comments suggesting that ISIL could cross the southern border.
Todd quoted Brown’s September foreign policy speech in which the former senator said that “a porous border is the most obvious pathway for terrorists to enter our country.”
And in a September interview on Fox News, Brown made similar comments about ISIL.
“As you know, what happened recently with the beheading of one of our own, there’s deep concerns that there are members of ISIS actually coming through the border right now,” he said. “We need to secure the border, once and for all.”
Brown even said in a campaign ad that if elected he would address the ISIL threat by securing the border.