Trump sticks with 'birther' argument, Romney sticks with Trump
May 29th, 2012
02:20 PM ET
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Trump sticks with 'birther' argument, Romney sticks with Trump

(CNN) - Donald Trump did not back down on Tuesday from his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace, which, paired with the Obama campaign highlighting Trump's remarks, served to keep the issue alive on the day he is to fund-raise alongside presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"I've never really changed. Nothing's changed my mind," he said on CNBC of his skepticism toward Obama's birthplace.

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In April 2011, Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate, which showed he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Natural born American citizenship is one of the Constitutional requirements for the presidency.

"Is it the most important thing?" Trump asked in the interview. "In a way it is. You're not allowed to be the president if you're not born in the country."

Obama's campaign released a web video on Tuesday that said the 2008 GOP nominee "John McCain stood up to the voices of extremism in his party… Why won't Mitt Romney do the same?" In the video, McCain is seen addressing a woman who called Obama an "Arab," saying, "He's a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with."

The president's deputy campaign manager suggested Romney's alliance with Trump in light of the tycoon's statements calls into question how he would serve as president.

"Mitt Romney's continued embrace of Donald Trump and refusal to condemn his disgraceful conspiracy theories demonstrates his complete lack of moral leadership," Stephanie Cutter said in a Tuesday afternoon statement. "If Mitt Romney lacks the backbone to stand up to a charlatan like Donald Trump because he's so concerned about lining his campaign's pockets, what does that say about the kind of President he would be?"

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday the White House was forced to address the issue last year, "but not because we chose to, but because it was such a ridiculous distraction from the important business that we should be doing here that the president is committed to doing and Congress should be doing to help the economy grow and help it create jobs."

"We can revisit that but I think the American people are pretty fed up with this kind of nonsense," he said.

Although Romney and Trump are to fund-raise in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the candidate on Monday chose not to rebuff Trump's suggestions.

"You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," Romney told reporters when asked about the issue. "But I need to get 50.1% or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people."

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email on Tuesday, "Governor Romney has said repeatedly that he believes President Obama was born in the United States. The Democrats can talk about Donald Trump all they want – Mitt Romney is going to talk about jobs and how we can get our economy moving again."

In his television interview, the wealthy real estate mogul said, "I walk down the street, and people are screaming, please don't give that up."

"A publisher came out last week and had a statement about Obama given to them by Obama when he was doing a book as a young man a number of years ago in the '90s: born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia," he continued.

The literary agent apologized earlier for the mistake, which appeared in a promotional catalogue for an Obama book in the 1990s.

Despite his views and the investigation into Obama's birth records, Trump maintained on Tuesday, "I don't consider myself birther or not birther" and said he is "not fanning flames."

He also acknowledged interest in creating his own super PAC, saying, "we're looking into it right now."

"We're thinking about five or ten million dollars," he said. "I haven't thought about it too much. We haven't given it a lot of energy but we're starting to think about it very strongly."

The Tuesday fundraiser is scheduled take place at Trump's Las Vegas hotel.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Another Mind

    Romney can't do any worse!

    May 29, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Mike

    This is the best publicity Obama could ask for. Racism may be alive, but like the last dinosaur soon to become extinct along with the party that supports such a joke.

    May 29, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Another Mind

    Can't do any worse!

    May 29, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Eva Patchkow

    If Trump didn't have such a long history of doing and sayng outrageous things to grab headlines, I'd actually have to wonder if he's not a plant by the Dems designed to embarrass Republicans. Unfortunately, it looks like Romney lacks the backbone to avoid having Trump take advantage of him for his own publicity purposes. Romney has a long history himself of embarrassing Republicans, and sadly he's living up to our worst fears about him.

    May 29, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. jdl

    The Donald should be careful because Mittens has an affinity for blonde men with bad haircuts , let the cutting begin !!

    May 29, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. REPUBLICAN ARE THE GREATEST

    President Obama was born in Kenya, and this is a fact, Democrats do not have to be born in the USA, they think they are special.

    May 29, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Well, now that The Donald is in the game again seeking attention and Mitt stupid enought to hang with him is reaon for the republicans to really run an hide. LOL...What a funny summer we are going to have and the entertainment with the rest of the Physcopaths from Fox and the looser EX Presidential canidates makes a good recipie for TOTAL DISASTER and the laughing stock of the GOP....

    May 29, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. anoel2005

    If Bush had written a book in which he said "I was born in Kenya." How long would it be before the Democrats would have him impeached for lying to the American people when he took his oath?

    Instead we have a President who said he was born in Kenya in his own books and we are called racists for bringing it up.

    May 29, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. NDBlue

    Common Sense has no common sense.

    May 29, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Maggie

    Pathetic democrat/liberals supporters. Already drank the Obama koolaid so they do not have a mind of their own. Its like they are in a trance. You better wake up fast before he destroys our country.

    May 29, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. 1crusader

    Trump doesn't believe this lie himself; and Romney is not presidential.He has no backbone.He'll do anything to win.All he wants , as he said is to get50.1% of the vote.He doesn't care.

    May 29, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. dan

    The whole thing seems borderline raciest to me. If he wasn't an american then they would have never accepted his application. It's not that hard to figure out.

    May 29, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Terry

    Hey I have an idea...lets talk about anything except what matters most right now.... the Economy and the terrible job Obama has done as POTUS.

    May 29, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Pander Bear

    Go birthers go! Y'all are completely crazy and make the GOP look even more out of touch – if that's possible.

    May 29, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. NC Mom

    Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's office has received the necessary information about Obama's birth certificate to put the matter to rest. It has been verified independently. Trump just likes to hear himself talk as usual This is an embarrasssment at this point. Let's move on to something relevant.

    May 29, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. What Now

    FIrst, Trump's comments are designed to keep the uneducated far right stirred up so they will go out and vote for the republican. This serves Trumps agenda as he is most interested in no regulations for his business and could care less about middle class America. Plus, it keeps in in the spotlight. Second, does anyone really think that if Obama had not been born in the US that we some how wouldn't know by now? Really, just think of all the money that's been spent on this by the far right. It's just a political ploy, no one in their right mind really believes this nonsense.

    May 29, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. riamb60

    I remember Trump saying in an interview when George W Bush was still POTUS , that he wanted to see a president that would get us out of the wars.
    Well here you have it, that is just what Obama is doing, he should be going hand in hand with Obama rather then Mittens.

    May 29, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Eric

    Hey Donald, nothing has changed in my mind either – you're still an idiot

    May 29, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Thinks2010

    What a pair. Romney will change his mind about anything to curry campaign funds and votes, and Trump who clings like a barnacle to any idiocy that keeps him in the spotlight. They are the yin and yang of self-promotion.

    May 29, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Libs Are A Disease

    Keep at it Donald! The liberal media may mock you but know that the truth will eventually carry the day! I'm hoping Romney releases the proof of Obama being a Kenyan as his October surprise! Then the entire Democrat party will fall apart at the hands of that fraud!

    May 29, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. 1twinsfan

    n his television interview, the wealthy real estate mogul said, "I walk down the street, and people are screaming, please don't give that up."

    Even I thought the Trumpster would be smart enough to realize that those are Democrats shouting this to him. I guess he fell for it.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 29, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Forgot password

    I am more interested in if Donalds hair is real. Has that ever been certified?

    May 29, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Bill

    Why does Mittens continue to associate himself with this clown? If he thinks it is helping, he sorely misinformed. But hey, this is Mitt Romney. The candidate who has the spine of a slug.

    May 29, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Mario

    Trump and Romney two big OLD COWARDS. Let keep Romney and his Tea Party out of Washington

    May 29, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Merry Prankster

    @Maggie.......What do you know about Koolaid anyway? You're either on the bus or you're not. Don't knock it till you've tried it!

    May 29, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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