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Mitt Romney Defends Birth Certificate Joke: ‘Not A Swipe’ At President Obama

During an interview on CBS Evening News yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the controversy over a joke he made earlier that day about the legitimacy of his birth certificate. Romney insisted that the joke was not a “swipe” at President Obama, and insisted that he does not have any doubt that the president was born in the United States.

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Scott Pelley brought up Romney’s birth certificate joke and asked him why he said it. Romney explained that he was just excited to be back in his home state of Michigan, and felt like injecting some “humor” into his speech. When Pelley pressed Romney further on his joke and whether it was intended to be a swipe at the president, Romney firmly denied it.

“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 as well.”

Romney clarified once more that he believes that Obama was born in the United States, saying, “I’ve said that probably 30 times by now, and 31 certainly won’t hurt.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of CBS:

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