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. Wnbresn

    The birthers are not the "public" Sarah. The birthers are in the same category as the flat earth society or the grassy knoll groups..nothing but ignorant conspiracy nuts...They are in such a small number compared to the rest of the USA that they don't even count..

    December 4, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. single mom

    Questioning a candidate's place of birth IS a legitimate issue.
    Demanding to know if a candidate's CHILD is actualy his/hers is irrelevant.
    The first relates to Constitutionality, the second only to personal attacks.

    December 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. CF

    We havent seen Palin's birth certificate either. How do we know she is really born here? How do we know she is really one of us? How do we know she is not a deep-cover communist planning to infiltrate America and destroy us all? These are legitimate questions that the public has the right to demand answers to.

    December 4, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Vic of New York

    What's so interesting about Palin is that she makes a great Geiger Counter:

    If you want to identify dangerous Wacko's and treasonous Americans, all you have to do is bring her around in a cage and watch the vermin come out of the walls!

    December 4, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Abby

    Why didn’t you inquire about the birth certificates of the other 43 presidents, you pre-judge-ist not-so-smart person you? Keep talking and feeding the lowest instincts of your followers rather than uplifting and you will be a bigger joke than you already are if that’s possible.

    December 4, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. You Betcha

    Ohhh my dear Sarah.

    As much as I like you, and voted for you. You have to let this one drop. I agree there were not nearly enough questions asked about Obama. Mainly with Rev. Wirght.

    But that is yesterdays news.
    I really am tired of hearing the Obama folks when they keep bringing Bush up to blame for everything. So please, as a supporter, rise above the level of them by not worrying about yesterday.

    Move above all of this " normal " media and political slander my dear lady. Rise above those beneath you. Show the USA a class act and prove to us, you are capable of taking the chosen one out of office in 2012. But to do this, you need to move past yesterday

    December 4, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    OMG! She is CRAZY!

    December 4, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    The ditz doesn't have a clue or a brain cell.


    December 4, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Bracing for liberal impact......

    December 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Jamie from Riverside

    Oh Sarah,
    Are you next going to tell us it's fair to question whether or not the Earth is flat?

    December 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. political junkie

    Oh good – another BIRTHER. What a bunch of nutcases,
    and Palin's 2 cents just cements that opinion in the minds
    of informed, educated people.

    December 4, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Laverne

    I don't understand why Obama has to show his certificate and prove something over and over again when no other politician has been demanded to show their birth certificate, their word was enough. People act if he was born on another planet. I guess this goes back to the fact SOME say he is not one of us. Shame on you because he is just as much one of us as anyone else. Why are some Americans stuck on stupid!

    December 4, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. coach

    The Republican party has an amazing challenge to attract moderates while promoting Palin and this line of thinking.

    December 4, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Buford

    OMG...will this ever end. Before you can ever run for office you have to have all your paper work in order and given to congress. This is so waste of time. The President is 100% American.

    December 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. chelle

    My lord, the woman can not articulate anything clearly!!!! That paragraph is so mangled as to be almost indecipherable. So does she, or does she not, support chasing this phantom birth certificate that the birthers insist on seeing???

    December 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Bjoerlingfan

    This is getting completely out of hand. No presidential candidate, President-elect, or sitting President has ever been held to such a ridiculous standard with regard to his birth certificate. This is all nonsense whipped up by a bunch of conservative crackpots who just can't handle that fact that, a) their guy lost, and b) a black man beat him. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. There is legal documentation to back this up that has been confirmed by Hawaii state officials. I guarantee you, if Barack Obama's name was John Smith none of this would even come up. Shame on the republicans who are perpetuating these lies! And shame on Sarah Palin for not lifting a finger to dispute these bogus claims, and in fact encouraging them!

    December 4, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. S M R

    Just sitting here shaking my head.

    December 4, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Rebekah

    Good grief, what is wrong with people, we will never be a Great nation again until we can all move passed our differences and start rebuilding this country! A start would be all this conspiracy BS , get over it! He is the President, as American citizens we should help our President even if we don't think the exact same way! I guess for both republican and democrats being right all the time is better than doing the right thing for all of America's people

    December 4, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. Chandler

    Sarah Palin is such a detriment to our society. She shamelessly puts out information that has no factual basis. She repeatedly lies, and this is brainwashing big portions of our society who trust her. The lies that she spouted during the election are still believed to be true by a huge section of the Republican party. She needs to take accountability for her falsehoods at some point.

    December 4, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. Lucas Leverett - Nashville TN

    Yes, it's always better to incite the mindless idiot rabble than to claim membership among them.

    December 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Lynne

    So it is okay to question others about something that has been thrown out of court and proven without a doubt, but no one can question Quitter Palin. Why is it CNN wabts everyone else questioned by Congress or interviewed but constantly gives Palin free press and a pass for eberything she says or writes??

    December 4, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Sam

    Palin's half-right (unusual for her because she's usually never right on any issue). People do have a right to ask legitimate questions about such things as Barack Obama's birth certificate. But this question was answered definitively quite some time ago , yet the right wing conspiracy theorists continue to push the issue. Truth is, these whack jobs will never be happy with any answer.

    Palin also seems like more than a bit of a hypocrite. She's the one who continues to whine about how unfairly the press treats her, yet she continues to propagate this behavior by suggesting that the tinfoil hat wearing, koolaid drinking, Faux News watching right wing imbeciles who continue to questions the legitimacy of President Obama's election or his credentials are raising legitimate issues.

    December 4, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. noname

    This woman is despicable. Low intelligence and no moral compass. Not to mention a quitter. She left the governorship for more money and fame. Yes Sarah, let's look at the record.

    December 4, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    Why are we still hearing from this idiot? this issue has been settled a long time ago. Mc Cain was born in panama. so what the heck. but palin is one of those people that believe the world is only 5 thousand years old. CNN DO EVERY ONE A FAVOR. QUIT WRITING ANY THING ABOUT THIS NUT.

    December 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. shirley

    In my opinion, Sarah Palin is just trying to stir up problems regarding Obama. Why doesn't she take care of her own family. That should keep her busy enough. Instead she travels all over the country selling her book. Her poor kids do not have a normal home life.
    I would never, ever vote for Sarah Palin for president.

    December 4, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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