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. ATL Guy

    I can't wait for her to run in 2012 on this level of foolishness and stupidity. She's stupid clown and doesn't even know the half of it.

    December 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I agree with Rebekah, we have the potential to be a great nation like we were back in the early to mid 1900s. Supporting your president means working together with him or her,coming up with ideas; even if you do not see eye to eye with the president. I did not agree with the Iraq War at all, but I was willing to give it a chance. The next step is to become Energy Independent, so we don't have to worry about our energy prices going out of control. The step after that will be to have choice and competition in our healthcare. Just imagine, a United States that is Energy Independent and has a choice for everyone in healthcare. If we accomplish those, we will truely be the greatest nation on earth, better than before. If believe that the US has yet to see its finest moment; I know we have the potential, now lets get going.

    December 4, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Can you imagine the horror if this woman actually became the President in 2012???

    December 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    If SARAH PALIN had a kind bone in her body and was a fair and classy woman, she would have defended our PRESIDENT.

    She should not have answered, "I think the public is still rightfully
    making an issue of it". What a B--. Republican President?????

    December 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. CNN do you job right

    Obama didn't defend Sarah when rumors were flying about Trig not being her son, and Obama wasn't even asked about it. Liberal media is outrageous. Had to ask her, and she answered what she thought of it. She didn't defend Obama, but she also didn't support the 'birthers'. All she said is they have a right to question, just like those who question Trig being her son. Wow. I love Palin more everyday after these meaningless attacks.

    December 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. AEJ

    Sarah will soon be grandma again. She doesn't stay at home or spend anytime mothering/protecting her children.

    December 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. vic nashville , Tn

    Things we need to worry

    We have to worry about two wars
    We have to come up with new ideas to crate jobs
    Millions of Americans with out health care
    Millions of people living in the shadow
    High school dropouts increasing
    Middle class is disappearing

    CNN don’t worry about what Sarah Palin is saying She is crazy

    December 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Sarah still has that nasty little middle school cheerleader mentality. She can be as rotten as a dead skunk on a Florida highway. That is why right wingnuts love her.

    December 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  9. ralph malph

    Sarah Palin's credibility should actually be too low to even qualify as a commentator. Who the hell quits as the governor of a state? Why are we not badgering her about her idiotic decision? I sue hope she gets her shot to run in a republican primary for President. I want to see more of her. She puts her foot in her mouth at every available moment.

    December 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. MikeH

    Palin can blither-blather spewage and nonsense all she wants, I think she is mentally handicapped and truth-challenged, and let it go at that.

    For you right-wing wack-jobs out there who still cling to your mentally-ill notion there is no Obama Hawaii birth certificate, it has been exhibited, end of story. You wack jobs are the same kind of mentally-ill folks as those who say the Twin Towers were brought down on 9-11 by explosives planted by the U.S. Government. You wack-jobs really need to get some professional psychiatric therapy. Some of you may need to be locked away for your own, and America's, safety.

    The Republican turds who pander to you deserve to be sent to live in Iran, America is too good for them. They are the real villians.

    December 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Lisa P

    So it's fair to badger a candidate about their birth certificate in order to raise suspicion among the stupid that they are not a "real" American citizen, or to suggest that the candidate fully agrees with the most controversial or outrageous statements of anyone they might have ever been casually associated with, but not fair to ask what newspapers they read? Palin certainly does have an interesting view of the world, to put it mildly.

    December 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |

    Evangelicals and men love Sarah! And the rest are just plain bored
    or crazy!

    December 4, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. John

    Where is Palin's birth certificate? Honestly, I believe she is reject from an alien planet.

    December 4, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Willsooooon!!!

    Speaking of questioning during the campaign, remember how Palin's popularity dropped with every TV interview?........I'm glad we needed only a few easy questions and mild inquiries to figure out how bad her and Mccain would be

    December 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Nola

    I would like very much for Palin to show the country a copy of her college transcripts and her dipolma to prove to all the citizens of this country that she really has a college degree.

    December 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Christine D.

    President Obama's mother is American so he is American, born in Hawaii or not. Get over it you weasels.

    December 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Baby Boomer

    She is the queen of the idiots.

    December 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. cats

    We've all seen President Obama's birth certificate countless times. I'd like to now see a public copy of Ms. Palin's birth certificate. Let's scrutinize it and compare it's authenticity to that of other elected officials. Why not?

    December 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    Just reading the comments here I'm convinced that Palin grandchild has more on the ball than most of you. Every citizen has not only the right but the duty to make sure that the constitution is followed. There is genuine concern and doubt that Obama is a citizen, and he should prove he is. He has refused to do so so far. The longer he refuses to prove his citizenship, the more suspicious people will be, and righty so.

    December 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Wow, after reading these posts there just does not seem to be a middle ground between the liberals and the conservatives? Neither has the correct path for our freedom, both cry for strict adherence to the constitution when it works in their favor, but both sides continue to enslave the US citizen.
    The tea baggers complain about rising taxes, but do not understand that our taxes go up because the value of the US dollar continues to go down.
    The reason for their failed policies is because they( either the DNC or the RNC) are not in touch with normal life. They are only concerned with the funding they receive from large contributors like Lobbyists, unions, Wall Street, banking, and other global corporations.

    December 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. TangledThorns

    THIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH, ALL SHE IS SAYING IS THAT PEOPLE HAVE A CONSTITUTIONALLY GIVEN RIGHT TO ASK! Sarah Palin was never asking for the document that does not exist, get over yourselves.

    December 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. jrzshor

    to all those liberal maniacs who will lambast palin on this silly issue.
    where was your outrage when folks called to question her down's child (whether she gave it birth or wa she a grandmother) OR, when the media went on the hunt into her child's pregnancy and her silly boyfriend.

    outrage should not be based on political party views. and besides, IT IS ALWAYS YOUR TURN, NEXT!

    December 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Laura

    Just happy to see I'm not the only one that thinks this broad is a joke! And not even a funny one.

    December 4, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Bill from CA

    Ms. Palin...while we're talking about transparency, could you please release copies of the following:

    – Your college transcripts (this may take some time being that you attended five separate colleges in less than five years).
    – Your voting record (this, too, may be difficult being that you have never voted on any piece of legislation).
    – Detailed records on how you spent the "Bridge to Nowhere" money (and maybe an explanation on why you spoke out so publicly against the project while still taking the money for it)
    – An explanation as to why you fought so hard against the release of public documents regarding your involvement in Troopergate, especially since you seem to have become such an advocate for the transparency of public officials.

    I know all of these things may be a tall order, especially with all you have going on. It's ok, can publish all of this once you're done your book tour, which based on your track record, no one expects you to finish anyway.

    December 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. Matt

    You always have freedom of speech in this country, so if people want to continue to ask about Obama about his birth certificate (which has been shown, which the hospital he was born in verified, the article in the news paper announcing his birth was found) that is their right. It just makes people sound like morons to keep disputing something that has been proven. I wonder if these people still believe the world is flat? What do they want? Video of the birth?

    As for Palin though, what a hypocrite. She goes out and blast the media for being unfair to her and asking her inappropriate questions. Don't stand their and say that "I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue" When you won't even give a good solid reason for quitting on the people of Alaska.

    I hope she runs in 2012 because I want to see her lose and be humiliated again.

    December 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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