December 5th, 2009
11:20 AM 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 (211 Responses)
  1. VON BISMARK -Vienna

    You can't have it both ways! After insisting that it ought to have been a campaign issue last year you would want tohave people believe otherwise. Can you listen to your last interview again?

    December 5, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. paula

    She says , "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".
    She must have been high, or just retarded. They did in fact call Obama out on any and every tiny detail they could think of that would divert attention away from real issues. They called him a terrorist for f**k sake. This woman needs to disappear for good. The planet will be a better place without her.

    December 5, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Kris345

    Real question for air hostess is "People do have right to ask about birth certificate but do you belive that the issue is already resolved in court?"

    December 5, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. jim willoughby

    Unfortunately, Sarah Paliin's opinions and statements get widespread exposure. She has no idea what she is talking about, just babbles on, almost incoherently. She should be in Hollywood, not in politics.

    December 5, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Wes

    And WE have a few questions for YOU Mrs. Palin. Care to go on a reputable show to answer some? You have been dodging that question for quite sometime.

    December 5, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. David

    Wow, but does she want to question her running mate being born outside the U.S. in the Panama Canal Zone? No, 'cause she is "party loyal" and blind to anything within her own party! What a wast of time, Palin continues to dribble with meaningless statements to garner money for her book and own pocket. Perhaps is she REALLY feels this way she shouldn't avoid questions about her own family???

    December 5, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Ex-NC-Pub

    I am an Ex-Republican. Sarah Palin is the reason for the "EX."

    She is an opportunist who responds to anything without any thought. When she sticks her big foot in her empty mouth, she runs to the next media outlet to explain how she was misunderstood or treated unfairly. She is perfect and without blemish... everything is ALWAYS someone elses fault.

    I have never been so tired of anyone in my life; but, alas, the media (Fox and CNN in particular) can't seem to get enough of her. She is the only one I have ever known who walked away from their responsibilities for a "higher calling"... MORE $'s... an become a heroine. She is shameless.

    December 5, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. CJ5

    Will this woman PLEASE JUST GO AWAY!

    December 5, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Grammatically Challenged

    Is the ability to write intelligibly no longer a requirement of journalists? Or have the Democrats taxed the apostrophe out of existence?

    It's "Randy Humphries' program."

    December 5, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Sam

    Just chalk up another example of how much of an air-head she is. After tons of proof, how much more does she need (or really, for her, proof and facts don't matter). And of course she spoke from both sides of her mouth, she did she didn't.

    December 5, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. David in San Diego

    Will that twit never let go? Her 15 months of fame are over. She needs to get a life.

    December 5, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Bob

    The moose speaks again! A little late on this issue and has been said and done.

    December 5, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. rjt

    She is right. American Voters have the right to ask whatever they want of their candidates running for office. Especially when that candidate is running for president of the country. Republican or Democrat it doesn't matter. When the candidates dodge or dismiss those questions then that just adds more fuel for further questioning. This isn't like applying for a job at walmart or something. Obama's associations have already caused him alot of grief (Van Jones, Anita Dunn, and of course now his Social Secretary who is an old buddy of Michelle's is caught up on the fray).

    December 5, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. The Film Professor

    Oh but of course our Sarah would think that this was a legitimate issue!
    Never mind that his mother was born in the US and obviously was a citizen, and his grandfather was a WW2 Vet. Never mind that Hawaii was in fact a state in 1962 when Obama was born there.

    Sarah was correct, however, to put this issue on the same level as the questions about whether or not she was Trig's birth mother. Both of these "issues" are terminally stupid.

    December 5, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. barry

    i think we should test our elected officials and those seeking higher office for intelligence...shouldnt americans know how smart Sarah is???

    December 5, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. JPA

    Where's Scarah Palin's birth certificate? Why does the brotha hafta cough up his proof of citizenship and the white chick is immediately assumed to be a US citizen? Yah. There's no racism here. None at all.

    December 5, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Cole

    If you want to criticize Obama, do it about something relevant. Guantanamo, government transparency, bipartisanship, ect...Do not just make up irrelevant claims in order to continue a smear campaign even after the election is over. I do however expect this from Sarah Palin, as she embodies how ridiculous the American political system has become. Enjoy the American puppet show over the next 20 years before the Chinese take over.

    December 5, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. manemang

    Who should the POTUS show his birth certificate to? The birthers who can not read the birth certificate even when placed on their laps or the semi-illiterate who can not discern what it represents. If the nation can only get the birthers, deathers, lou dobbians, Fat limbaughist, glenn beckers and sarah paliners to read for themselves, only then can we get a realistic discussion about dealing with our national issues.

    December 5, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. michael Gargiulo

    another ridiculous thing coming out of the mouth of this ridiculous woman. go away forever sarah!!!

    December 5, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. pensioner

    yea she says the voters can ask the Pres, but asking her 'what papes she reads' is nothing more than 'gotcha' journalism. Sounds like different criteria to me.

    December 5, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Lee Jones

    Dear Republicans,
    YOU LOST! GET OVER IT! I wish that the American citizens would have treated Pres. Bush the way that they're treating Pres. Obama when he was in office. Then we would'nt be in the desperate situation that we are in now. Pres. Obama has done more good in this one year than Bush did in two terms. Am I missing something? Or do we as a people care more about prejudice than the greater good of our own country? This topic is irrelevant.

    December 5, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Bob (Illinois)

    I am truly amazed how any intelligent person could take this woman seriously. Please stop giving this half-wit so much coverage.

    December 5, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Henry

    Now this is an issue she can comprehand and get into. Everything else is over her head.

    December 5, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Will

    I would not vote for Palin for President of the local PTA. She seems to appeal to those who want only controversy and never address the real issues facing us. She is an air head and would be a total embarrassment for the US as a representative on the world stage. Baked cookies and homespun yarns may appeal to some but they won't be effective when solving the problems of the US and world.

    December 5, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Lee in TN

    Who is Sarah Palin, but a person who has accomplished nothing. Her credentials consist of a failed governorship and a failed run for the presidency. I cannot understand why news agencies spend any time on a person whose opinions are no more valuable than any other citizen. It's time to move on and focus on real problem solvers and not this angry mob called republicans.

    December 5, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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