December 4th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin defends Obama birth certificate inquiries

Sarah Palin says 'members of the electorate still want answers' about President Obama's citizenship.

Sarah Palin says 'members of the electorate still want answers' about President Obama's citizenship.

Washington (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended the public's right to question the legitimacy of President Obama's birth certificate, but noted that she is not demanding for it to be released.

Appearing on conservative radio host Rusty Humphries program, Palin said that she supports people inquiring about it.

"I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue," Palin said in the interview with Humphries. "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 that members of the electorate still want answers."

Humphries, whose radio show airs on about 300 stations across the country, went on to press Palin about whether it is "fair" game to ask such questions.

"I think it's a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records - all of that is fair game," Palin responded.

She also criticized her own presidential campaign for not asking enough questions about Obama.

"The McCain-Palin campaign didn't do a good enough job in that area," the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate said. "We didn't call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were and perhaps what some of their future plans were and I don't think that was fair to voters to not have done our job as candidates.

The interview aired at 10:30 p.m. ET, and just a few hours later Palin made it clear in a posting on her Facebook page that she, personally, is not asking to see it.

"Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose," Palin said. "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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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. wait a minute

    This shows how ignorant Sarah Palin is to even support the inquiry.
    How can she be anything more than governor of Alaska?

    December 4, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. Justin

    "Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask..."

    That's all it is. Paranoid conspiratorial nonsense.

    December 4, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Danny

    I think the public deserves to know Ms. Palin's IQ score.

    December 4, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. George

    She would. She is the icon of ignorance in the GOP. I have seen smarter frogs than she is. Wow what a LOSER!!!

    December 4, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. John J, IN

    Just goes to show you, that you can take the idiot out of Alaska, but she is still just an idiot.

    December 4, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. ted

    can i go throw up now. really. then can we see your husbands track record on why he wants to succeed from the union?

    December 4, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Gary

    I don't recall seeing Palin's birth certificate either. Is it just me or does Palin have to inject herself into the news at least once every two weeks.

    December 4, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Chris

    Is anything Palin says relavent?

    December 4, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. mjm

    She makes a GREAT point in regards to Trig. One that I'm sure will be lost on most libs that can't wait to share their hate for Palin.

    There were people who actually had the nerve to question whether Trig was her child. How disgusting was that?

    Compare that to people wanting to see Obama's birth certificate.

    Libs are sick....maybe that's why the push for the public option.

    December 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. cybertheolibnut

    Since Obama cries "transparency" the American People have all right to call him out on such issues!

    December 4, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. felicia

    Sarah palin is no competition for President Obama, he will chew her up and spit her out.

    December 4, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Please shut up Sara Palin becasue you have done more damage to yourself then anybody could have done. You are a hatful, spiteful and evil person so please go away and be shut up for a change. Everything that comes out your mouth is stupid crap. You and the sooner you realize it the better everybody will be. You are just trying your hardest to get back at President Obama for winning. You are a sore losers with a Jerry Springer Family.

    December 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Vern

    OMG!!! Everytime this woman opens her mouth I feel bad for her. Can she please just shut up and go away? She will never be POTUS!

    December 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. FactCheck

    I'd like to see Palin's high school diploma. Fair is fair.

    December 4, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Stephen in Texas

    She has become such an embarrassment to the republican party. She is so stupid if they don't think they asked the tough questions of Obama. Tough questions like, "what do you read?"
    She is sounding more and more like Michele Bachmann, what a disgrace to conservative politics and the media.

    December 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. Tiffany

    If the voters ask you anything, you wouldn't know the answer and you would just blame the media! "GOV."

    December 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Georgette

    God help us.

    December 4, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. Dwayne

    Are you serious? You repubs are pathetic.

    December 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Would you pay $16 to have your picture taken with this nimrod?

    The republicans threw everything they had at Obama, and even made up trash, but they still lost big time.

    December 4, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    What an (expletive deleted) mealy-mouthed hypocrite! No one, absolutely no one, has moaned and complained more than Palin about how she was treated ... this from a lady who resented the question about what the job of the vice-president was ... 'cause she didn't know the answer! No, Sarah ... the VP does Not run the Senate!

    BIrthers and haters would have the evidence but are so blind that they wouldn't believe President Obama was born in Hawaii if they had been in the delivery room and saw it with their own eyes... talking to them is like teaching a pig to sing: waste of time and only annoys the pig!

    December 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Molly Weasley

    Why do Republican politicians who should know better keep pandering to the lowest common denominator just to score political points with an ever-shrinking base that's willing to be stupid?

    The birth certificate has been published in magazines, online, you name it. The right-wing conspiracy theorists can't talk about anything serious, so they keep going back to this garbage.

    If a right-wing radio host wants to discuss something real, fine. Talk about the economy. Have a real discussion about health care. Discuss what's the best plan of attack in Afghanistan. Discuss the best ideas on how to combat climate change without hurting the economy. Whatever.

    It's time to let that crap go.

    December 4, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    This woman will just not go away.If this is her strategy for her presidential run then GOOD SPEED!

    December 4, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Robert Sisler

    She will be the next President and you mooncalf's are out in the cold!!!!

    December 4, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Navy Vet

    Just remember that Ms. Palin when people question and enquire about your past associations including that radical Alaskan group you belonged to and everything else.

    December 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Jesse from Berlin

    Isn`t time to move on?...Why is it that only the Republicans talk about Obama`s birth cert`. The only way for a Republican to declare his or her candidacy is to bash Obama... ..,

    December 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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