Washington (CNN) – Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus attempted to pivot the political conversation Thursday from President Barack Obama's birth certificate to the president's policies.
"We're borrowing four and half billion dollars a day and this president is more worried about birth certificates, Oprah Winfrey and fundraisers at the Waldorf Astoria," Priebus said on "CNN Newsroom." "It's maddening and I just wish the president would engage in the real issues that are affecting America."
Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate Wednesday, seeing to put an end to persistent rumors that he was not born in the United States. He said the country was focusing on the "silly" debate instead of the country's economic obstacles.
But Priebus said it's the president's priorities that are out of whack.
"We've got a president who's not talking about the issue," Priebus said. "We've got him going to Jonas Brothers, golfing, doing everything except figuring out a way to save Medicare that's going to go bankrupt in nine years."
Although he said he has been a steadfast opponent of the so-called "birther" movement, the newly elected chairman told CNN's Carol Costello that it's not his job to dictate topics to potential 2012 presidential candidates. For the past two months real estate mogul and possible GOP White House contender Donald Trump has frequently questioned whether the president was born in the U.S.
"It's not my job to play police officer with the candidates," Priebus said. "It's up to the voters to play police officer and go into the voting booth."
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