December 5th, 2009
11:20 AM ET
6 months 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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  1. Boston Guy

    Sarah sold out her state when she quit. How could she ever be President when she will quit when the tough get going. She is a quitter and a liar. You cannot call yourself a Christian and throw out false statements like she does to stir up hatred and hostility. And remember how much she cried foul when the Feds looked into her firing her ex brother in-law? HYPOCRITE!!!! Sarah is just like any other Conservitive "believe like I do and do what I say" or you are a nobody, you are less of a person with no equal rights. They are narrow minded and the biggest hypocrites ever to walk on this earth.

    December 5, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. eds

    She probably doesn't realize Hawaii is a US State...

    December 5, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. KATHLEEN

    SARAH, we don't want anybody near our Government to make comments like, NO BIG GOVERNMENT, LESS GOVERNMENT!

    What that means, in case you are too dumb to know is that,
    MIDDLE CLASS HARD WORKING PEOPLE, FEND FOR YOURSELVES!!!!!

    Have Katie Couric ask Sarah the hard questions, like; Sarah,
    what do you think of "entitlements" like, Social Security, Unemployment, HEALTH CARE with STONG PUBLIC OPTION?
    MEDICARE?????? Most all REPUBLICANS and, unfortunately,
    some DEMOCRATS are against all ENTITLEMENTS. George
    Bush-Cheney wanted to "privatize" Social Security!!!!! I want to see who the h- voted for that one!!!!! Transparancy on that one!!And let's pull up the Picture where Cheney was on National T.V. with his legs
    crossed, stating that AMERICANS SHOULD NOT DEPEND ON ANY
    ENTITLEMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never mentioning the Millions he was
    making from HALIBURTON, FROM A NO BID CONTRACT BUSH AND CHENEY APPROVED!!!!! Is that why they like WAR!!!!!

    Sarah Palin is a snake and loves money, FOR HERSELF, not
    America's hard workers.

    Yeah, let's get another interview for Sarah, with Katie Couric!
    If Sarah thinks that Katie asked her a "hard question' about what
    she reads, let Katie "really" ask Ms. Sarah what she really believes
    about politics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Wheres the univ records?

    I think she made it clear if they have a right to ask stupid questions about her son.Then these nutjobs on the fringe have that right to ask their stupid questions.Its all fair game in politics.Everyone even she, knows he is American.I have never herd her say he is not ,or he should show some original BC document.He did show his COLB,he is obviously American.She knows however on the issue about his university records being kept secret.Her campaine failed to question it more.I wonder why he wont let us see who his professors were,his writings,his test scores.Whats he hiding?Perhaps a thessis on Carl Marx?How many presidential candidates have ever hidden their university records?If you know one please name him.

    December 5, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Linda

    The women is a bimbo!

    December 5, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Mike

    It actually is fine to ask questions like this. But once a question has been answered, completely, throughly and repeatedly like this one has, it's time to shut up and move on.

    Palin is not stupid, but she is intellectually lazy. She is also fairly crafty and totally unscrupulous. She knows that there are a small core of people who just cannot accept the idea of a Democratic president, much less a black one. So she appeals to their worst instincts of bigotry, no matter what the cost, to further her immediate personal ambitions.

    While she can gin up enough of a hate-filled crowd to fill a TV camera's frame, then dramatically inflate the numbers on Fox News, the overwhelming majority of Americans see through this woman for the shameless opportunist she is.

    December 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Peggy

    Lets say for a minute that Obama was born outside of the US-Is anyone disputing that his mother was a US citizen? No–Good, then the child of a US citizen born outside the US is still a US citizen –Anyway you lok at it he is a citizen–go away birthers

    December 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Dee

    You liberals are the best thing to help me lose weight because you all want to make me puke. Palin is right on here. It is irrelevant that she went to several colleges to get a degree. She got one. I d*#* sure wouldn't tell someone I had a degree in three years with a 3.9 and I couldn't figure things out any better than they are doing. NO ONE criticizes and obstructs any more than a liberal democrat. They wear their feelings on their sleeves and they won't play with you if you hurt their feelings; just look at the sorry excuse of a jobs summit w/o inviting the US Chamber of Commerce. The only jobs these liberals can create are the ones where they have to take someone else's money ( called a TAX) and give it to someone else (WELFARE). It's also called welfare capitalism and it's used as a strategy to buy large blocks of voters. DUH! You'd think Mr. 3.9 in three years would have figured that one out, wouldn't you?

    December 5, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Heather in Seattle

    I wonder if racism is a big factor behind these berthers. It's like they still can't believe that a black man won the presidency and are looking for some conspiracy theory to say he's not eligble. Has this ever been an issue with any of the white Presidents before him? Yes unfortunatley Sarah wanted the McCain-Palin campaign to take on more of the sleazy smear tactic but McCain had too much class. Also the Obama-Biden campaign could have gone after her for her husband's affiliations with a party who wants to leave the US and quite a few other shaky connections but they to had too much class.

    December 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Doesn't it look like Sarah has put a lot of weight on?

    December 5, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Terry from West Texas

    Liz in Ga. wrote: "What is so wrong with a person who believes in less government? ..."

    What is this "government" that is intruding into your life, Liz? Restaurant health inspectors? Librarians? Air traffic controllers? Weather scientists? NASA? Medicare? The Army? Bank auditors? The postman who delivers social security checks? Your kid's school nurse? National Guardsmen who will come help you the next time Atlanta floods? The people who built the reservoir that provides Atlanta with water? The people who provide cheap federal flood insurance? Who?

    Conservatives are against "the government" and its "intrusion" into our lives, but they can never come up with a single example.

    December 5, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. kmp

    Wait I am confused now. I thought you Sarah didn't like all of the media attention and thought they were being unfair to you and that is one reason why you decided to resign your govenor seat. Oh that is right you are a hypocrite you want everyone else to play fair but do not feel as though you should play by the rules and once someone starts hitting back at you, you claim sexism, or that they are depressed and needed a ratings boost.

    So Sarah here is a little advice if you are willing to dish then be prepared to get it piled right back at you. Like the saying goes if you cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

    P.S. Stop using your son Trig as an excusse it not only becoming old but I find it sickening that you are constantly willing to subjegate your children to this media spot light. Because no one else it pushing them out there but you.

    December 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Jack Walden

    Why cant CNN ignore the utterances of this dumb piece of empty head and treat her like rest of Republican hot airs eg. Ann Coulter?

    December 5, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Correction, no one has complained about McCain being born in Panama and being able to run for president. You right wingnuts have a vivid imagination.

    December 5, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. E

    So we are not supposed to question her crazy church ramblings that were removed from the internet right after she was put on the ticket, or any of her past associations, because those are sexist and mean. Asking her what books she reads is cruel and unfair.

    But 2 years of refusing to accept a legal document and countless other bits of proof of Obama's place of birth is okay and is patriotic duty... Accusing him of hating America and trying to kill old people is perfectly reasonable... must be nice to be so delusional and hypocritical.

    December 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. mary

    oh please...Palin said its ok to ask questions but it doesn't mean she believes that the president was not borned in the US. The media has really a palin chip on their back. What in the world has a no nonsense, smart, blunt, fiesty,down to earth, fearless women done to deserve such media attacks. I guess i just answered my own question............women shouldn't be this tough and the lamestream media can't allow young girls like my little daughter see this. Its sad...really.

    December 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Dale

    I find it surprising that all of the lawyers in the whole GOP couldn't stop a constitutionally ineligible person from defeating them and becoming president of the US. That's sarcasm. Birthers are just another tinfoil hat conspiracy theory. And now Palin is demonstrating her credibility by joining the fringe conspiracy crowd.

    December 5, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. aware

    We in Hawaii know that Obama did not release his official birth certificate.

    Transparency demands the real thing! :)

    December 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Ryan

    He was born in Hawaii..... they've proven this... and somehow this idiot thinks Hawaii wasn't a State at the time. Anyone who supports her clearly is a moron and proud of being a moron.

    December 5, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. KATHLEEN

    Sarah's book is NOW half price on Amazon! Wonder what it will
    sell for next week, or the next............................................................?

    On the news, it was reported that Sarah is charging people $18.00
    for a small picture of her with them and $36.00 for a larger picture
    of HERSELF with them. I am not sure if she is SUPER-IMPOSED
    in the picture. Maybe, she will mail it to you.

    Fools are standing in long lines to meet her, and she's taking your
    money for her benefit. It IS all about SARAH!!! Do ya think she gives
    a hoot about you and your family. KEEP giving her money for a book
    that her ghostwriter wrote!!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Liz

    So many stupid people on here still saying he hasn't released it, it has been on the web for TWO YEARS!

    You want to see his medical records? well, I want to see yours, oh wait, yours are private? So why aren't his? In fact, shouldn't his be TOP SECRET? He is the President! I didn't see anyone demanding McCain's medical records be released and he was 200 years old.

    You want to see his school records? Fine, I want to see Palin's. I want to see what grades she got in Journalism classes while she claims she is being attacked when asked the most basic foreign policy softball questions ever or to name a newspaper she reads.

    December 5, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. vegage

    She is just a political slag.

    December 5, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Ted

    it is odd that the "certifcation of birth" that Obama produced would not be acceptable as proof of birth or citizenship to pass a high-level security clearance with a defense contractor, yet somehow the American public has given him a "pass" on this to be commander-in-chief.

    The "certification of birth" Obama produced is simply a printout from a computer database, printed on fancy paper the day it is requested. You could print it on your home computer.

    What is required as proof is a true document from the birth, with the official signature and embossed seal. And that has still never been produced.

    Please accept the fact that Obama has never provided acceptable proof of his eligiblity for the Presidency.

    December 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Julie

    Stupid is as Stupid does! Where is hers! Ding Bat!!

    December 5, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. The Lady

    I would like to see your whole families birth cirtificates.

    December 5, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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