“Birther” talk bubbles up again
The “birther” question rises again in a wide-ranging interview with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry in “Parade.”
The Texas governor dismissed the questioning of whether President Barack Obama is a native-born U.S. citizen as a “distractive issue” — after responding to several questions about the issue.
Asked whether he believes Obama was born in the USA, Perry said he had no reason to think otherwise. But the governor suggested he was not certain about the birth certificate released by Obama.
“Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate,” Perry said.
But you’ve seen his, the interviewer said. “I don’t know. Have I?” Perry asks.
Perry said the birth certificate came up at his meeting last month with Donald Trump and that the real estate mogul and TV reality show host doesn’t think it’s real.
“I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter,” Perry said. “He’s (Obama) the president of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.”
Trump took up the birther banner and ran with it while he considered whether to join the field of Republicans vying for the nomination to challenge Obama in 2012. Trump decided to sit this one out.
So is Trump going to support Perry’s candidacy?
“You’ll have to ask him, but I’d certainly like to have the Donald’s support,” Perry said in the interview. “He is a job-creating machine, and that’s what I’m all about.”