July 23rd, 2010
02:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Candidate accused of being a 'birther' walks back statement

Kansas congressional candidate Tracey Mann says he is not a ‘birther.’
Kansas congressional candidate Tracey Mann says he is not a ‘birther.’

(CNN) - Two days after a Kansas newspaper revoked its endorsement of a Republican congressional candidate because it came to believe he is a so-called "birther," the campaign is telling the paper the candidate is no such thing.

Twice in the span of 30 days, Republican Tracey Mann has called on President Obama to come forward with proof of his American citizenship. But now his campaign tells the Hutchison News the candidate "misspoke" and has long believed the president has proved his citizenship.

The pushback from Mann's campaign comes after the paper, emphatically withdrew its endorsement of him.

"The reason [for withdrawing the endorsement] is that it turns out Mann is what is known as a birther," the newspaper's editorial board wrote Wednesday night. "He questions the citizenship of President Barack Obama despite evidence that is irrefutable to most objective, rational people – including a birth certificate released by the Hawaii secretary of state and birth announcements printed in Honolulu's two major newspapers."

The newspaper based its judgment on Mann's most recent comments Tuesday, made after the endorsement was published, that he did not believe President Obama's American citizenship was a proven fact.

"I think the president of the United States needs to come forth with his papers and show everyone that he's an American citizen and put this issue to bed once and for all," Mann said on KSAL's "Friendly Fire" radio show. He made similar comments during a candidate forum in June.

On Thursday, Mann's campaign manager, Jake DeVantier, told the Hutchinson News that Mann "misspoke" on the radio show and that he "has seen sufficient evidence to prove Obama is a citizen."

"He believed Obama was a citizen when he said that on the air," DeVantier added.

According to the newspaper, Mann is a frontrunner in the race for Kansas' first congressional district.

DeVantier, nor anyone from the Mann campaign, responded to CNN's calls or e-mail for comment.


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Mike Mazzla

    More and more conservatives show the country that their crazy birth accusations, religious BS, etc overshadows any serious thoughts they have on issues that matter. But unfortunately this country is filled with ineducated yokels who go along with such nonsense.

    July 23, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Please

    "He believed Obama was a citizen when he said that on the air," DeVantier added.

    Then why did he say it, to spread fear and hate, to pander to his base? Good for the paper

    July 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Doc

    Another candidate who flip flops on a stance. Watch him later blame the "liberal" media for attacking him with his own words.

    July 23, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    This is what Republicans offer, right here...

    ...Obama show your birth certificate...

    10% unemployment, economic trouble, 2 wars raging, but No No No No No No....

    ....Obama has to show his Hawaiian birth certificate for the 4 the time so morons like birthers can say its a fake again...

    ...oh please spare me your stupidity.........

    July 23, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. CHUCK

    When are we going to move on from this crap. Who cares what the so called "birthers" think..They can go to polls in 2012 and voice their opinion that way. This is not news.

    July 23, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. JFK

    Well we know what the intelligence level is of the demographic Mr Mann is courting. This is politices at its most PATHETIC! Say no to the Tea Bags, Say no to the Party of No! Neither are fit to lead this country.

    July 23, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    You can't have it both ways dude! If you are going to consort with birthers and support their ignorant ideas, then be prepared to be considered as one of them.....buh-bye!

    July 23, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Grundoon

    Good for Hutch!! These Tea Baggers and Birthers are nucking futs!

    July 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. want a better government

    Basically another GOP ahole. His campaign manager says he really believed Obama. That makes him a bigger ahole. God, when are we going to get people who are upstanding and have some dignity?

    July 23, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Sean

    So if he believes it and "has seen sufficient evidence to prove Obama is a citizen," then I guess we're to conclude that he only said those things to court the people out there who, for whatever reason, still DON'T believe it?

    How are we supposed to ever move forward as a society when some people have no comprehension whatsoever of the difference between rhetoric and objectively supported facts? The "birther" movement is 100% rhetorical, while the objective evidence clearly indicates the fact that Obama is indeed a citizen. Get over it and move on so we can actually try to have some reasoned discussions on policy.

    July 23, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Grundoon

    If he believed the president had proven citizenship when he made these statements then he is guilty of political pandering. The people in Hutch are smarter than this guy thinks they are. He's toast.

    July 23, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Cosmo

    " the candidate "misspoke" ' – don't you just love the honesty and integrity?

    July 23, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Are birthers born to T-baggers? The all seem to have no sense at all.

    Show me your papers. Get used to the prejudice brought about by the Arizona nutjobs. McCain/Palin included.

    July 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. kakaraka

    Woah, these candidates say stupid things over and over again but when this backfire, they walk away from it and apology. What a hypocrisy. Vote them out all. Senate need ethical people and not flip floppers who say stupid things and later say they mispoke. No room for hypocrisy in US senate. Period.

    July 23, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. bertina

    Call him for what he is, a panderer who will try to get votes no matter the truth.

    July 23, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. thor

    With so many important issues that need to be dealt with leave it to the media to fabricate a phony story to bring down a candidate to help their friends on the other side of the political spectrum.The birther story is just so much la!! la!! land that no body in right mind should care about. Why does the media continue to push this in the way that they do?To push this idea that republicans are made up of a bunch of wackoos! Get real What about all those democrats that say that 9-11 was due to a plot by our government and that we blew up the World Trade center ourselves.Hog wash !!!

    July 23, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. okstate

    So it seems Republican Tracey Mann is a liar, and not a very bright one at that.

    Surely there is a better canadiate for Congress......

    July 23, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. josiah

    How can anyone continue to stand up for the Republicon's when they prove over and over again that they will literally say anything to get / stay elected – even if it collides with the truth or even what they've previously said – someone so eager to sell his soul and spin his stances on a dime ought to give us all pause.

    July 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. geecee

    Why don't all these haters simply request a certified copy of Barack Obama's birth certificate from the Hawaii Division of Vital Statistics. For a small fee, they will be able to get an exact copy. If they are not satisfied with the "on-line" version, they can have their very own and frame it. Meanwhile, these psychotic conspiracy theorists who want to believe that 48 years ago, an 18-year-old white girl had a baby with a Kenyan man and actually thought that someday her son would run for President of the United States and she probably should get his Record of Live Birth, Birth Certificate, or whatever they call it in Hawaii "altered" so it would appear he had been born in Hawaii and not out of the Country. That really makes a lot of sense – well, evidently it does to the Orly Teitz type of nuts. Just plan sick in the head.

    July 23, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. michael

    politicians are scumbags....ALL OF THEM .With tactics like these no wonder we have no trust in our elected officials..to this day i cant beleieve we all so stupid as to believe this scum and actually have them sway our feeble minds!!!!!

    July 23, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Steve- Illinois

    As a fiscal conservative, I hope Kansas doesn't vote for this guy. People need Representation by elected officials who have a little common sense!! Think about this whole birther thing for a minute. Hillary spent something like $20 million of her own money, running against Obama. The Republicans spent 100's of millions trying to beat him. Does any reasonable thinking person truly believe that either Hillary, or the Republican party, both with millions in resources, wouldn't have exposed this? Doing so, would have automatically taken Obama out of the race.

    Common Sense!!!

    July 23, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. grant

    Another lying scumbag republican.
    Don't these idiots understand everything they say is filmed or recorded.

    July 23, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    Republican Tracey Mann has called on President Obama to come forward with proof of his American citizenship two times within 30 days. Now if he did it once and walked it back, it could be said "he mispoke". The fact that he said it twice in 30 days was no mispeak. Fact of the matter is he has been caught in it and now the lable is hung around his neck.

    July 23, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    In other news this moron has also accepted the world to be round he remains unconvinced that the earth actually revolves around the sun...but remains open to those new sciency ideas.

    July 23, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Really???

    His comment was pretty clear that he was challenging the citizenship issue on Tuesday. His campaign manager saying he knew there was no issue when he said it is quite obviously a flat-out lie. He wants the votes from the wing-nut fringe, but he is afraid to admit that he doesn't buy their misinformation. He will make the perfect politician.

    July 23, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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