New York (CNN) - In an interview with CNN's "In the Arena" host Eliot Spitzer, Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick admitted racism may be playing into the birther movement.
Patrick, a close friend and political ally of the president, campaigned for him in 2008 and plans to appear with Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign.
When asked whether questioning the president's birth certificate can be linked to racism, Patrick said, "Well, there might be."
"I think there are people who are organizing around their anger rather than around particular issues." Patrick said. "Anger and fear has been a tool used politically for a long time in the world and is being used I think by the national republican party today.