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. katiec

    I am as guilty as others in my absolute despair that CNN contantly headlines this hypocrit but read that the media will continue
    to focus on articles that get the most blogs.
    So bloggers, maybe if we refuse to comment on their love affair
    and our discontent, maybe CNN will stop this ridiculous reporting.

    December 5, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Steve

    It would be nice if you people ever allowed the truth to be printed
    instead of allowing people to degrade other people over the internet by people that are not even intelligent enough to know what the truth really is or to search out .
    I will bet that not one person whose comments you allowed are smart enough to know that their are 3 distict and separate classes of Citizens of the United States including the monitors on this article.

    December 5, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Liz in Ga.

    Moonbeam, Just because a person's teen makes a mistake does not mean that their parents do not believe in traditional Christian values. How many teens have sex behind there parent's backs? Such a low blow. As far as Alaska succeeding from the Union, With the way the Federal Government has grown and has taken over most of state's rights, I will not be suprised if we do not see more of this coming. It was our Revolutionary "PATRIOTS" who successfully broke away from a tyrannical government, and for what, just to have this government continue to grow by leaps and bounds, and take away our individual liberties. SICK!

    December 5, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. KC

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

    Guess Palin is one of those "Conspiracy-minded voters now.

    Keep yapping Palin you hurt your cause everytime you open you mouth.

    December 5, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Liz in Ga.

    Chad, no one should have even been asking the question if Trig was her baby. Neither Trig nor his mother was the one running for President.

    December 5, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Michael

    She is the worst thing to happen American politics.
    The more she makes and idiot of herself the better it is for Predisent Obama in 2012, she is like a bad itch that wont go AWAY! ! ! ! !

    December 5, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. true daughter of the american revolution

    in addition: roll the tape of the town hall meeting where Palin refuses to quiet the crowd when they call Obama a terrorist., and hints that Obama isn't a citizen...
    the thing about lying – it;s hard to remember them all.

    December 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    Just answer me this: Why is it that Obama & Co have spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep every scrap of paper that would have some link to his birthplace or citizenship from seeing the light of day? Why? What is so horrible about a grade school or high school record? I don't think for a nanosecond that the public would care if he got a D in Geometry or was the AV dude repeatedly. What is he afraid of and does not want the public to find out. THAT is telling in itself!

    December 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Dodie ~ California

    @ James

    I completely agree with you.

    For her to agree with the people regarding the request of President Obama's Birth Certificate, shows she has absolutely no knowledge on the process in which A person can become president. Palin has NO idea of the investigation involved by the FBI and OSI!!!

    Talk about an embarrassment. She continues to amaze me with her stupidity!

    December 5, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. oldblindjohn

    Dear Breath of Heaven Lighten Our Darkness, pour your Holy over us,

    "Family should always be first not government".

    Good slogan, but it is the complete opposite of what your hero belived in the 08 campaign. The republican slogan was "country first".

    So make up your "mind", family or country first. Don't hurt yourself.


    December 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. ulysses mcmillan

    thie is bull

    December 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. Tom in Delaware

    The Left demanded to see Trig's Birth Certicate from Sarah Palin, so why can't Sarah demand to see Obama's......what goes around comes around.

    You Liberals have sown the it time to reap the Whirlwind.

    December 5, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  13. Linda

    Of course we have the right. Gov't of the people, for the people, by the people. Hellooo!

    They ask proof and absent of him providing it, he gives them reasons to suspect. If John McCain refused to show his Birth Certificate, both times he ran for president, no doubt stories would have continued to circulate. Obama's own Grandmother has declared him to have been born in Kenya. Folks don't even insist he was, they just ask the common courtesy for someone asking for the highest office in our country, whose law mandates you must be a natural born citizen, to provide that proof and then we can move on. This is Obama's own fault for these continuing requests and questions, because he has chosen not to provide this simple request.

    December 5, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Gretchen, SD

    Well, if all these loonies are telling the truth, than the US owes President Obama a whole lot of money. He's been paying taxes all these years and he isn't really a citizen.

    The right has just gone plumb crazy.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. steveflesher

    "rod – sorry chump, but she HAS survived. She has survived the most vicious attack every carried out by the state rund media (CNN, MSNBC, etc) and unread people like you in American history. Obama could have never survived such an attack."

    Right on! Can anybody imagine seriously if Barack Obama endured the LSM's relentless attack machine as Palin has?

    Just look at how he reacted to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News!

    Palin is certainly more capable of the job as President. She's shown a much thicker skin and the beauty of an Obama presidency shows how thin-skinned liberal presidents are and how childish their base is when they lack the substance to a true robust debate on issues.

    The downside is, liberals will WHINE WHINE WHINE for 4 years after she wins it.

    December 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. yearofmonkey

    just imagine, she could be the vice-president now... scares the s**t out of me 😦

    December 5, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. lieNoMore

    Come on, Palin is dumber than George W.

    The repukes do have qualified people. Their corporate puppet masters –as well as the corporate media (CNN)– just won't let them lead the charge.

    I suppose the idiots who support the braindead trust i.e. Palin, Quayle, Reagan, George W are to blame too. They will even try to destroy their own party (decent) members such as McCain, George HW & et al.

    December 5, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Hugo

    Death Panel Sarah December 5th, 2009 11:39 am ET

    To Breath of...blah blah blah......
    He HAS produced it!!!!!

    Get your head out of Rush' know what...
    and read something!!!!
    Wrong, they produced a live birth certificate and a newspaper birht announcement clipping. They have NEVER produced a certified birth certificate or student loan and grant documents that would most likely support "Foreign student" applications for Federal monies. Just say if the question of dual citizenship is true, which I personally believe are, he would at the very least be guilty of defrauding the Federal Government, sorry you just can't have it both ways. Fact is, only time will tell now as he is a sitting President, and the Democrats better hope they can keep a closed lid on these aspects or there will be some serious legal questions with regard to anything Obama has executed as Commander in Chief once "praise God"he and his cohorts are out of office.

    December 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. steveflesher

    By the way, I want to congratulate and thank the writer of this article for showing ALL THE INFORMATION so we can properly decide what really happened. There are other articles out there that refuse to put it in context.

    The difference are the responses from liberals. In here, they speak with indignant and phony rage. In the comments of the more biased articles, they speak joyously "oh she's the gift that keeps on giving, we hope she runs in 2012."

    It's really much like the theory of Pavlov's dog for them.

    December 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. lila

    I guess those conservative republican judges that threw out the cases brought to court questioning Obama's Birth Certificate based on the fact there is no evidence to support the allegations in addition to a very real birth certificate that clearly says Obama was born on US soil are not good enough for her. But then... she is not a deep thinker... so who would expect to her think past surface skimming and political opportunism. She has a sever case of untreated ADD and can not focus on issues long enough to understand them in any depth.

    December 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. wnaegele

    I've never gotten excited over 'Bam's birth certificate brouhaha - but you lefties are so driven to nuttery over it, that I am beginning to think there is something to it...also, "defended" in the headline is such a loaded word that it discourages reading any further...

    December 5, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Nellie Bly

    If that's how she feels, then let's demand that she show us her college degree. She so famously stated "back when she had a journalism degree..." What happened to it? It leads one to wonder did she ever have one? And as for our President, we don't need to demand it because we've already seen it. Anyone can find it online. Those birthers will never be satisfied because they disallow the birth certificate and demand to see the "real" one. There isn't any other one to show so they can then claim they haven't seen it or Obama won't release it. You can't argue truth with those that live on lies.

    December 5, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Jerry

    stupid article and stupid story..check out the front page of the paper today...President is still the President. Keep arguing about yesterday while we're working on reform, health care reform and cleaning up the environment and getting off the addiction to foreign oil.

    December 5, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Rosebud

    Her times coming... does she realize that she isn't untouchable anymore. She thought she had lawsuits in Alaska. Its just beginning. Maybe in backwoods Alaska she can say what she wants, but in now she's where she can be sued for her lies...

    December 5, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. B

    This women is living in a VERY different world, All about herself......!

    The media loves it – –

    December 5, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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