Sarah Palin Gets On The Birther Bandwagon Then Gets Off (Update)
In an interview with conservative talk radio host Rusty Humphries yesterday, Sarah Palin was asked if she would get behind the “Birther” controversy and her response is sure to raise some eyebrows. When asked if she “would make the birth certificate an issue if (she) ran?” Palin called the conspiracy theory a “fair question.” She also compared it to the “weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about, that Trig isn’t my real son.” Update – Palin clarified her position via her Facebook page.
The birth certificate controversy centers around Barack Obama‘s legitimacy as President because he hasn’t proved he was born in the U.S. Though this theory has been debunked by numerous sources, Palin appears to believe it to be a legitimate issue. And while she never claimed that she would raise the issue, she made clear that she wouldn’t have to, because the public already is.
Palin also placed the birth certificate conspiracy theory in the same category as voting records, calling it “fair game” and adding that “the McCain-Palin campaign, didn’t do a good enough job in that area.” During last year’s election the McCain’s campaign claimed to have lookedinto the birth certificate question and, like every other serious examination, dismissed it.
Transcript from the conversation:
Humphries: Sarah Palin here on the Rusty Humphries show. One of the questions that Jason asks, “would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?”
Palin: I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think enough members of the electorate still want answers.
Humphries: Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?
Palin: I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past associations, past voting records, all of that is fair game. You know, I gotta tell you, too, I think our campaign, the McCain-Palin campaign, didn’t do a good enough job in that area. We didn’t call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were, and perhaps what their future plans were, and I don’t think that was fair to voters, to not have done our jobs as candidates and as a campaign to bring to light a lot of things that now we’re seeing made manifest in the administration.
Humphries: I mean, truly, if your past is fair game and your kids are fair game, certainly Obama’s past should be. I mean, we want to treat men and women equally, right?
Palin: Hey, you know, that’s a great point. That weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about, that Trig isn’t my real son, a lot of people say, “Well, you need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,” which we have done, but yeah, so maybe we should reverse that and use the same type of thinking on the other one.
Update – Last night, Palin clarified her position via her Facebook page:
Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.
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