Washington (CNN) – After recently saying that President Obama should "answer some questions" regarding his birthplace, Rep. Michele Bachmann now appears to be changing her tune.
Appearing on ABC on Wednesday, the Minnesota Republican was pressed about the president's Certification of Live Birth, a legal document that attests to his birth in Hawaii in 1961. Some Americans, dubbed "birthers," insist on seeing the president's actual birth certificate - a document the state of Hawaii does not publicly release.
"Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos showed Bachmann the Certification of Live Birth - a document that's long been in the public domain - with a signature and official stamp.
"Well, then that should settle it," Bachmann said. "I take the president at his word."
Stephanopoulos asked: "So this story is over?" to which Bachmann responded, "Well, as long as someone introduces it, I guess it's over."
"It's right there," Stephanopoulos replied.
"Yeah. There you go," Bachmann said. "Because that is not the main issue facing the United States right now."
Instead, the congresswoman said, the focus should be on the nation's debt crisis.
Bachmann's words that the Certification of Live Birth "should settle" questions about the president's birthplace are different from what she's said recently on the topic.
Appearing on Fox News earlier this week with Jeanine Pirro, Bachmann said, "It's an interesting issue that has gone on for so long and it's one that the president could have solved very early on."
Bachmann continued: "All he had to do is just answer some questions and show his [long-form birth] document and then have people do an attestation that this in fact is a legal document and it's over, it's done. And I think the president has neglected to focus on answering that question for people, and that's why a lot of people still have it lingering in their minds."
In another Fox interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Bachmann said, "This is the easiest problem to solve. All the president has to do is show it."
Bachmann's latest comments to ABC echo those from a few other potential Republican presidential candidates.
Last week, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said in a CNBC interview that President Obama has passed "the citizenship test." Romney added, "I believe the president was born in the United States."
Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has also recently said he does not question the president's birthplace.
In a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, three out of four think the president was probably or definitely born in the country.
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