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Romney touches on ‘birther’ issue

Published: Sat, August 25, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Republican Mitt Romney raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, jokingly declaring “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate” as he campaigned Friday near his own Michigan birthplace.

Romney later insisted the remark was just a joke and not meant to question Obama’s citizenship. But the comment risked creating an unwanted distraction for Romney in his last few days of campaigning before the Republican National Convention begins Monday. It came a day after Romney caused another stir by declaring that big business was “doing fine” in the current struggling economy in part because companies get advantages from offshore tax havens.

Romney made his birth- certificate remark at a large outdoor rally in Michigan, where he grew up and where his father, George Romney, served as governor. He was joined onstage by his wife, Ann, and running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Romney told supporters that he and Ann had been born at nearby hospitals.

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised,” Romney said.

The crowd of more than 7,000 responded with hearty laughter.

But Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt swiftly denounced the remark, saying Romney “embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them.”

Romney was asked about his comment in a CBS interview later in the day.

“No, no, not a swipe,” Romney said. “I’ve said throughout the campaign and before, there’s no question about where he was born. He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us, and coming home. And humor, you know — we’ve got to have a little humor in a campaign.”

The authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate has been questioned by some Republican critics who insist Obama is not a “natural-born citizen” as required by the Constitution. Obama released a long-form version of his birth certificate last year as proof that he was born in Hawaii in 1961.

But polls show some Republicans remain unconvinced. A Pew Research Center poll taken in April found 19 percent of Republicans, when asked where Obama was born, said they weren’t sure, and 6 percent believe he was born in another country.


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, anything that will raise doubts ...that is what politics is all about.

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2greene(167 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Well played SSD.

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3isaac45(405 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

wow, trump is running romney's election campaign....say or do anything huh,mitt....call him the spinner because he's the rubberband man

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4jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I would like to see more of Fast & Furious. Many people have died because of this, one in the US & many in Mexico.
No one has died because of Mitt's taxes.

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5Papamafia(5 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This man is a complete fool and americans are willing to put this fool in office. I guess most americans are so rich they do not care if they loose there Medical or Social Security, because if this man gets into office that is what is going to happen. Remember you heard it here first from Papa Mafia so do not come crying when this becomes a reality.

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6cambridge(4064 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Papa....You hit the nail on the head. It is amazing when you realize these fools voting for romney are voting against their own best interest.

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7redeye1(5614 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Papamafia Right now under BO , SS and medicare are losing money every week with this so-caled tax reduction that the people are getting now. If something isn't done SS and medicare will be GONE! I don't see BO do anything to keep it going ,so its fools like you who believe whatever BO tells you. Maybe if you took a look at these programs you would better understand what Mitt is saying. But you are probably one of those people who say hurray for me and screw you. You know a typical liberal!!!!!!!

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Some how the true Repubs in office have convinced that the 99% should protect the 1%. If any one believes Willard is looking out for anybody but himself and the extremely rich, they are really blind and can,t see the true Willard.

Willard. You are no commedian. Keep your day job. You know. Firing people. Selling companies. Outsourcing to other countries.

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9georgejeanie(1488 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Go MItt, lets get this country back on the right track. Enough hand outs, and make people accountable for the actions.

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10jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

During the RNC, next week, the Repubs will talk about jobs & the economy.

At the DNC, the Dems can't talk about jobs & the economy, they will let Flook (that's how my webster collegiate dict. says to pronounce Fluke) talk about abortion, Planned Parenthood, and contraceptives.

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11AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I think we all should pay the same rax rate. Why should some people get to write off all their expenses. I buy clothes for work but can't write them off. Its the Willards IE 1% that write the laws and make every tax advantage forthemselves. Dems and repubs alike. If one makes ten thousand or ten million, same tax rate.

Now, businesses and tax incentives make sense to me. But I hate arguement that taxing the rich will hurt employement. Bullcrap. If IBM is paying top CEOs millions then they should pay the same rate as the regular workers. Taxing the CEO has nothing to do with IBM or GM or anyother companyhiring folks.

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12DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Go ahead. Vote again for the Food Stamp President. Misery loves Company. Sad Sacks!

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13jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This needs to be brought to the attention of every voter you know.

Notice:S.S. and the military are NOT on this list.

These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end.

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy- $445 million annual savings.
* Save America's Treasures Program-$25 million annual savings.
* International Fund for Ireland- $17 million annual savings.
* Legal Services Corporation-$420 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Arts-$167.5 million annual savings.
* National Endowment for the Humanities-$167.5 million annual savings.
* Hope VI Program-$250 million annual savings.
* Amtrak Subsidies-$1.565 billion annual savings.
* Eliminate duplicating education programs- H.R.2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, and eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
* U.S. Trade Development Agency-$55 million annual savings.
* Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy-$20 million annual savings.
* Cut in half funding for congressional
printing and binding-$47 million annual savings.
* John C. Stennis Center Subsidy- $430,000 annual savings.
* Community Development Fund-$4.5 billion annual savings.
* Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid-
$24 million annual savings.
* Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half-$7.5 billion annual savings
* Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% -$600 million annual savings.
* Essential Air Service-$150 million annual savings.
* Technology Innovation Program-$70 million annual savings.
* Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program-$125 million annual savings.

* Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization-$530 million annual savings.
* Beach Replenishment-$95 million annual savings.
* New Starts Transit -- $2 billion annual savings.
* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts-$9 million annual savings.
* Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants-$2.5 billion annual savings.
* Title X Family Planning-$318 million
annual savings.
* Appalachian Regional Commission-$76 million annual savings.
*Economic Development Administration-$293 million annual savings.
* Programs under the National and Community Services Act-$1.15 billion annual savings.
* Applied Research at Department of Energy- $1.27 billion annual savings.

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14jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership-$200 million annual savings.
* Energy Star Program-$52 million annual savings.
* Economic Assistance to Egypt-$250 million annually.
* U.S. Agency for International Development- $1.39 billion annual savings.
* General Assistance to District of Columbia-$210 million annual savings.
* Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority-$150 million annual savings.
* Presidential Campaign Fund-$775 million savings over ten years.
* No funding for federal office space acquisition-$864 million annual savings.
* End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
* Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act -- More than $1 billion annually.
* IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget-$1.8 billion
savings over ten years.
* Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees-$1 billion total savings. WHAT THE HELL IS THIS ABOUT?
* Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees-$1.2 billion savings over ten years.
* Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of-$15 billion total savings.
* Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT???
* Eliminate Mohair Subsidies-$1 million annual savings.
* Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-$12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL!
* Eliminate Market Access Program-$200 million annual savings.
* USDA Sugar Program-$14 million annual savings.
* Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-$93 million annual savings.
* Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program-$56.2
million annual savings.
* Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs-$900 million savings.
* Ready to Learn TV Program-$27 million savings.. WHY?????
*HUD Ph.D. Program.
*Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.
* TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place?

Send to everyone you know.

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15tnmartin(518 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If one is allowed to use facts instead of Obumble-approved talking points -
The Republicans were not the originators of the birth certificate issue. That would be one Hillary Rodham Clinton, in the Democrat primaries four years ago. Yell at her if you wish.
Obumble provided some support for the question. His book, or at least one put out under his name, listed him in his OWN Bio, as having been born in Kenya, a reference hurriedly scrubbed only in 2007. Was he lying then, or is he lying now?
His having spent well over one MILLION dollars to keep his records sealed, while slanderously accusing rivals of all sorts of awful behaviors, is a bit much. Even for him.
Why did he have to surrender his law license anyway?

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16WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

AAC and the others prove they're idiots, again! Mitt paid two million eight hundred thousand dollars in federal tax in 2010 alone and you are complaining about what exactly? You think we should all pay the same *rate*? How about we all pay the same AMOUNT. Low earners like you and the other dimwits here get away nearly scott-free while the earners and burners pay for it all. *That* is totally unfair. Let's all pay the same amount I say. Total national budget divided by number of citizens. Pay it. That is fair. This is the land of equality. Let's all pay an equal share. Or is equality, as usual, not *quite* what you brats want? Equal share would be more than fair to all, especially the higher earners that currently pay for it all while super big mouths like you reap the benefits in spite of the fact that you *still* cannot find a way to keep your stupid trap shut.

Keep voting Democrat, you dummies!

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17jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I think most of the posters, on this message board, are on the dole with their hands out for more. That's why they vote Dem.

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18DSquared(1778 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

If the tax laws are so unfair, Why didn't Barry( The Liar in Chief) and his minions change them in the first 2 years when they controlled the House and Senate? Because THEY have the most tax cheats! See Tim Geitner, Sec of Treasury.

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19andersonathan(683 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

LMAO You people hired a guy with out knowing a thing about him other than what the media said about him. Rolled over everyone in the way who opposed him. Dragged people and their family's through the dirt [Palin, Joe the Plumber]

A simple grade transcript, class schedule, maybe some papers he wrote? let alone a BC Lets get real some one who buries himself behind 1-200 lawyers and spends a few million in fees to "Stay Private" has something to hide and you all want IRS returns from Mitt LMAO

Obama Economic plan did not get a vote at least Ryan's [the real deal, not Timmy] did.

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20Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

My God, it was just a tongue in cheek comment. Society really needs to lighten up. Have some fun in life for a change. Geez.

And before you go off about Mitt, I'm still undecided. So save your blasting the guy.

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21jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The Quote of the Decade:
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 Pass it on 'til eternity...

(it was so nice of him to give us this great quote for posterity!) SO, USE IT!!!
Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%.
Please send it on if only to one person.

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22jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Here is a SHOCKER


His first speech is apparently just after his election to the US Senate.

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23jojuggie(1702 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, he said it.

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