Pawlenty calls out Trump
March 29th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
4 years ago

Pawlenty calls out Trump

(CNN) - Donald Trump should quit questioning President Obama's birthplace, says Tim Pawlenty, a potential future opponent of Trump's for the Republican presidential nomination.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pawlenty said he doesn't doubt Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii and says members of his party should stop pushing the issue.

"I, for one, do not believe we should be raising that issue," the ex-Minnesota governor said. "I think President Obama was born in the United States."

As for his thoughts on a seemingly improbable Trump presidential candidacy, Pawlently said, "I think he's talented. I think he's funny. I think he's interesting."

The comments come a day after Trump pushed the issue farther down the road, telling Fox News he is "really concerned" the president was not born in the United States.

"All of the sudden a lot of facts are emerging, and I am starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country," he said.

Trump followed those comments up by releasing what he said was his own birth certificate to the conservative website Newsmax.com. The certificate Trump released however is not an official one, according to Politico.

It should be noted that CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace. Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate - officially called a "certificate of live birth" - and the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth.


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. maine liberal

    "the Donald" let me see your qualifications to be prez.
    I want all the names of the names of the attending nurses and doctors to swear that they were present.

    Interesting that the donald wants nurses and doctors names, than calls people a liar when family members say they remember Obama;'s birth.

    March 29, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Bob in PA

    The Don is completely within his rights of free speech. Anyone who says otherwise is trying to stamp it out. All his points have been well made, and most certainly he is right in his assertions. Every modern president should be required to produce a birth certificate and publish his full resume including school records. The job of POTUS should not be a popularity contest based on rhetoric. Each candidate is applying for the most powerful job in the World and we the people have a responsibility to interview each applicant based on all the facts.

    March 29, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Pawlenty must have donned his *moderate* hat for his appearance on Morning Joe. Wonder if he has a personal dresser to help maintain those much needed *political hats* of his: *moderate* when mugging for MSNBC, *conservative* when mugging for CNN, and *TeaParty* when mugging for FOX. Going to be a long, long campaign for Tim. Considering his extensive absences in Minnesota during his 8 year Governorship, I seriously doubt Pawlenty has what it takes to keep a campaign going . . . let alone a four year Presidency. Seriously, the guy lacks substance . . . no matter what crowd pleasing hat of the day he wears.

    March 29, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. RINOVT

    At last, a Republican with some common sense! After all, Obama's mother was American, so he's American regardless of where he was born!
    To paraphrase INS rules.
    Birthright
    Any person born on U.S. soil regardless of parental status (such as an illegal immigrant parent) is automatically an U.S. citizen. All persons born to either an American mother or father outside of the United States are also automatically a U.S. citizen as well.
    The irony is that the same set of rules that gives citizenship to US born children of illegal immigrants also gives citizenship to children of at least one US citizen parent even if born outside the USA.
    Back to Pawlenty, I'll bet he can also pass the US citizenship test that most Americans fail. We should give it to everyone who wants to vote, if you don't pass, you don't vote.

    March 29, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. MB Seattle

    Good for Pawlenty. I am not an R but this nation would be better served if the Republican's party offer up serious canidates. It will take a two party process to fix this mess. The Donald, Palin and Bachman are all side shows to a poorly performing Republican party. Enough of the entenament and lets get on with the difficult work this nation faces. As an American expect better from them. Stop the celebrity side shows please.

    March 29, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Bob Texas

    A GOPer with a brain. Must have made a mistake and went with the wrong party.

    March 29, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Terry

    Thank God. It's nice to have a Minnesotan talking like they have some sense after listening to Michelle Bachmann talk like an idiot.

    March 29, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Peggy

    Don't like him, wouldn't vote for him. But give Pawlenty props.

    March 29, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. KathyC in Minnesota

    The ISSUE here is NOT where the President was born and is he a Citizen! The ISSUE is, what plans to the GOP Presidential field have to move this country forward?

    So far, the answer is, The GOP DO NOT have plans. All they want to do is attack the progress that hs been made.

    March 29, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. notfooledbydistractions

    Hey tPaw, Trump is just throwing the rubes a little red meat – just before he goes backstage and laughs his butt off at the stupidity and the gullibility of a segment of this population. He doesn't believe the birther tripe, he's playing to the bottom feeders and garnering publicity that he needs to fuel his oversized ego. Anyone still believing the birther nonsense, just doesn't have the sense they were born with, they're choosing to remain wilfully ignorant. Too bad the fools don't realize that they're the butt of the politicians votes, they're easy prey.

    March 29, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    Somebody call PETA, Trump and other birthers are beating a dead horse!

    March 29, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. GrogInOhio

    "The certificate Trump released however is not an official one, according to Politico."

    So... is Donald Trump an American? Can he prove he was born here and qualified for elected office? Idiot...

    March 29, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. barb

    Trump just can't get enough of himself in the spotlight. Thank you Mr. Pawlenty for speaking out.Aren't there enough SERIOUS issues facing this country to tend too, Mr. Trump?

    Here's a thought! How about all the millionaires planning to contribute to the multiple political/presidential campaigns instead make that contribution to a worthwhile agency that is struggling because of the failed economy?

    March 29, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. DownriverDem

    Let's be honest here. Repub Americans do not like the fact that a black man and his family are living in the White House. (I am white). Repubs will not accept who our country really is. We are the folks you saw standing in Grant Park on election night 2008. Repubs do all they can to appeal to the racist whites in our country. They are totally disgusting.

    March 29, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Christopher

    This isn't about facts. This is about hate and you cannot convince people to abandon their hate with facts. Even I were to build a time machine and take these idiots back and let them witness Obama's birth in Hawaii first hand they would still not believe it. They and Fox News would simply say that I had built a "Liberal" time machine and that I had changed history. Obama is right to not address this anymore. It is pointless.

    March 29, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Max

    Even as a democrat, I actually liked a lot of what trump said about China etc,
    but I never thought trump would go that low and go into this "Is Obama from here" issue.

    I cant imagine that he's that dumb – so it can only means he's taking that low road.
    What a shame. HE didnt even needed that to get people on his side.
    Now he just alienated himself for a lot of people, and discredited himself in a big way.

    March 29, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. joesnopy

    Ok, Pawlenty is running for President. The first one to come out and not brown nose the birthers and the racest part of the Tea Party.

    March 29, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Rsprings

    He's right get off it. It just gives the Demonuts something to rally around and distracts from the objective of unseating Obama.

    March 29, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Mike in MN

    I'd still never vote for him but he just gained a little respect in my eyes.

    March 29, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Give me Trump over Pawlenty, any time.

    March 29, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. AK_steve

    Wow, a GOPer talking sense? Who wadda thunk it?

    BTW, anyone notice that the left column of CNN Political Blog is all pics/articles of far right-wingers (Trump, McCain, Palin (twice), Bachmann and Gingrich). What is that about?

    March 29, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. FoolKiller

    Politico is now saying that this is a Certificate of Live Birth and not an official Birth Certificate, so Trump can't run for President. Liberal, thy name is hypocrite.

    March 29, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. josephine

    Trump is a genius. He is not going to run yet he is getting enough press for people to watch his tv show. Free advertising.

    March 29, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. CEL1

    Ah, a Republican with at least some good sense. I salute you Mr Pawlenty. I won;t vote for you, but at least, in this one shining moment, you have spoken up for truth and justice.

    March 29, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Pawlenty is a smart man, if mccain should pick him and not the knitwit from alaska McCain would of been the president today..
    I am gald he picked the Wasila idiot..

    March 29, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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