Romney takes dig at Obama over birth

2012-08-24 22:06

Michigan - US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a dig at President Barack Obama on Friday over his birth certificate in comments that re-ignited a controversy over the Democrat's eligibility to be president.

"Nobody ever has to see my birth certificate," Romney told a rally of about 7 000 people in his home state of Michigan.

"They know this is the place where I was born and raised," he said to the laughter of the crowd.

Speaking alongside his wife, Ann, and running mate, Paul Ryan, Romney's comments were a reference to widely discredited theories that Obama, whose father was from Kenya, was not born in the United States and thus is not eligible to be president.

Conservative fringes of the Republican Party - including high-profile Romney backer Donald Trump - have argued that Obama was not born in Hawaii as he says.

Obama has released multiple copies of his birth certificate that show he was born an American citizen to try to end "birther" controversy.

Romney's camp tried to dampen the effect of his birth certificate remark, which was made at an outdoor rally at a farm near Detroit.

"The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States," advisor Kevin Madden said.

"He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised."

Romney, who has been pressed by Democrats to release his complete tax records, mentioned the birth certificate despite saying recently that the campaign had taken a nasty tone.

"Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them," Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt s aid.

" Governor Romney's decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America."

It was the second controversial comment by Romney in less than 24 hours, even as he tries to focus his campaign on Obama's job record.

Romney said in Minnesota on Thursday that "big business is doing fine in many places", seemingly contradicting his message that companies are struggling under Obama.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-24 23:11

    Srsly? This is the campaign plan? The most troubling issue for ordinary citizens is the President's birth certificate? Eish. These guys are no better than our own politricksters. Deflecting attention because they have no real solutions for *real* issues.

      fishycraig - 2012-08-25 01:05

      Works both ways. Some of the attacks from Obama have been below the belt as well. Just don't let the whole liberal side of the president think that he and his cronies wouldn't do it. You gotta hate politicians sometime...

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-25 00:16

    What is this, I cannot understand people like this man Romney, l will be suprised if thi is the man American people want to run their country.This people of Romney's party are more like the ANC.

  • mark.barker.370 - 2012-08-25 06:43

    Why doesn't Obama want to release his college records! He wants to question Romney's tax records - Romney needs to hammer this retard on his college record. The Prez is hiding something that will cost him the White House. The only thing Romney is hiding is that he has made tons of ca$h.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-08-25 06:48

    The amount of evidence is staggering, not the least of which is the report by a certain police department in the USA on the authenticity of the physical document itself, but still the evidence is ignored. The mainstream media has been instructed to leave it alone, so they have. But they go further. Anybody who so much as mentions the subject is branded as a “birther”, which is akin to being ridiculed for making the case for a flat earth. They then pull out the race card. Sound familiar?Among thinking Americans, their president is likened to the Hans Christian Anderson tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. There a some amusing parallels between our situation here in RSA and that in the United States. We think, Oh cool. America elects their first non-white president, and all is well. We swallow all the stuff put out by CNBC, CNN, BBC et al and are happy, but in the US there is a non-violent civil war going on outside of the mainstream media. They are split down the middle and there is a bitter conflict going on over this man. On the other hand, Americans look at us and say, Oh cool, they have a black president now, the transformation has been peaceful, and all is well. However, we know better. Our emperor wears the clothes of no crime, no education crisis, no corruption, no fraud, no theft of public funds, no crisis in the ANC, and so on, but we know he and his party are really naked.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-08-25 06:52

    Some Simple Questions . . . 1. Back in 1961 people of colour were called 'Negroes.' So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is “African-American” when the term wasn't even used at that time? 2. The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961 lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama's father was born in “Kenya, East Africa". This wouldn't seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. How could Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate".

      don.mahon - 2012-08-25 07:08

      Actually. From 1920, it was know as the colony of Kenya.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-08-25 06:59

    More Simple Questions: 3. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place Of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home", Respectively. The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate? Dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978? ( 4. Why hasn’t this been discussed in the major media? Perhaps a clue comes from Obama’s book on his father. He states how proud he is of his father fighting in WW II. Barack Obama’s “birth certificate" says his father as 25 years old in 1961 when he was born. That should have put his father’s date of birth approximately 1936. WWII was basically between 1939 and 1945. Just how many 3 year olds fight in wars? Even in the latest stages of WW II his father wouldn’t have been more than 9. Does that mean that Mr. Obama is a liar, or simply chooses to alter the facts to satisfy his ego, imagination or political purposes.

      LanfearM - 2012-08-27 10:12

      Well that proves it, Obama was born in Hawaii, his mother is a white US citizen, his father was a Kenyan. If they forged it, do you REALLY think they would have made so many "mistakes". You are grasping at straws jeremy002! As don.mahon pointed out to you above. Besides, it is amusing that Romney must sink to that tired old level because tackling the real issues is beyond his ability to understand. All he understands is that he is rich, and everything in the US must benefit him and his rich buddies.

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-08-25 08:04

    Reading this article makes me realise that "quoting out of context"is not just a South African political tool.

  • gideon.rossouw - 2012-08-25 11:50

    Are these annoying Republicans back on that worn out old track? Really pathetic. Romney is such a political creature, he will embrace any right-wing strategy if he thinks it will bring TeaParty votes. Why voters would want these rich kids with no real knowledge of actual life (Like Romney, his VP choice Ryan, British PM Cameron, and his Chancellor of the Exchequer) to govern them is just a mystery to me. Silverspoon, posh boys the lot of them. They live in an imaginary world where the state has no role in addressing social problems, a fantasy shaped by their super privileged upbringing. This does not mean that the role of the state should not be debated, but let us get real here and not focus birth certificates.

      raymon.mcnelly - 2012-08-25 19:07

      The birth certificate issue is but the tip of the iceberg. Obama is plunging the U.S. into financial ruin. He, and very powerful people behind him wants to destroy the United States and create a totalitarian state. How else could Obama have pulled this deception off? Proper vetting by the intelligence agencies should have discovered that there's something fishy with his papers, and his social security number issue, etc. the fact that they turned a blind eye just proves that very powerful and influential people are behind Obama.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-08-25 18:19

    A Republican, Tod Akin recently made the most bizarre statements regarding rape and pregnancy, rather sort that out!!

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