July 23rd, 2010
02:21 PM ET
12 years ago

Candidate accused of being a 'birther' walks back statement

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/23/art.traceymann.0823.mann.jpg caption ="Kansas congressional candidate Tracey Mann says he is not a ‘birther.’"] (CNN) - Two days after a Kansas newspaper revoked its endorsement of a Republican congressional candidate because it came to believe he is a so-called "birther," the campaign is telling the paper the candidate is no such thing.

Twice in the span of 30 days, Republican Tracey Mann has called on President Obama to come forward with proof of his American citizenship. But now his campaign tells the Hutchison News the candidate "misspoke" and has long believed the president has proved his citizenship.

The pushback from Mann's campaign comes after the paper, emphatically withdrew its endorsement of him.

"The reason [for withdrawing the endorsement] is that it turns out Mann is what is known as a birther," the newspaper's editorial board wrote Wednesday night. "He questions the citizenship of President Barack Obama despite evidence that is irrefutable to most objective, rational people – including a birth certificate released by the Hawaii secretary of state and birth announcements printed in Honolulu's two major newspapers."

The newspaper based its judgment on Mann's most recent comments Tuesday, made after the endorsement was published, that he did not believe President Obama's American citizenship was a proven fact.

"I think the president of the United States needs to come forth with his papers and show everyone that he's an American citizen and put this issue to bed once and for all," Mann said on KSAL's "Friendly Fire" radio show. He made similar comments during a candidate forum in June.

On Thursday, Mann's campaign manager, Jake DeVantier, told the Hutchinson News that Mann "misspoke" on the radio show and that he "has seen sufficient evidence to prove Obama is a citizen."

"He believed Obama was a citizen when he said that on the air," DeVantier added.

According to the newspaper, Mann is a frontrunner in the race for Kansas' first congressional district.

DeVantier, nor anyone from the Mann campaign, responded to CNN's calls or e-mail for comment.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. JPT

    Heh, dem tea party candidates seem to waffle a wee bit.

    July 23, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. rdepontb

    These rhetorical, for-the-home-crowd games somehow seem to work for Sharron Angle, and I'm sure Tracey Mann's campaign thought, "Why not say what we want, when we want, where we want? We can always walk it back later or just ignore any follow-up. Works all the time!"

    July 23, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Yet another FOOL GOP who "misspoke" after being called for his moronic birther yappings. What a pack of LOSERS.


    July 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. greg in jax

    Misspoke... doesnt he mean pandering to his base.

    July 23, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    These tea bagger candidates ARE birthers, racists, and want to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, and repeal the healthcare law, the financial reform law, equal pay for women, lower interest loans for students wanting to attend college, and cut off all unemployment benefits.
    Republicans are dangerous to the future of America and to the recovery of the American middle class. We MUST get ALL of them out of office in November so we can keep moving forward.
    NO for the Party of NO in NOvember!

    July 23, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. chelle

    So what do you suppose Mann is going say his remarks actually meant?

    July 23, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Michael in Houston

    clever trick and cowardly.
    Your just another creep that likes to throw out your inaccurate garbage and when your called on it you pretend you never believed it.
    I love how you anti Obama freaks spit out your poison to appeal to a segment of voters (in this case complete idiots that dont believe Obama is US citizen) and then when your statement gets in front of the minastream, you back away denying you said or believe it.
    Not even elected and your already a pathological liar.

    July 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. John B.

    Mann is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. While his campaign says that "HE" believes that the president is a citizen, he convienently furthers the Birther myth when he speaks on the radio. Shameful politics.

    July 23, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Bubba

    This just in: Mann wears Flip-flops, and can only produce a "Certificate of Live Birth" when asked to prove he is a citizen himself.

    July 23, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why do people still question Obama's citizenship? I am sure that if Obama had been White and McCain been Black that people would be questioning McCain's citzenship since he born outside the US.

    July 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. ficheye

    What can you expect from a group of people that think Hawaii isn't a state? They think that it is owned by Japan.

    I think that that is what all the furor is about. As soon as it is made clear that Hawaii is a state, then we will move on to other unsubstantiated beliefs. Obama is a manchurian candidate, Obama is responsible for the yellowcake uranium claim, Obama outed Valerie Plame, things like that.

    July 23, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Boytjie

    "He believed Obama was a citizen when he said that on the air," DeVantier added.


    So exactly why did he say it? Either he is a liar ot just another crazy conservative runing for public office.

    July 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    So what's the big deal? Obummer's birth location is of minuscule importance compared to his incompetency and love of big government Socialism!

    Democrats are in BIG TROUBLE and everyone(including Barry, Harry and Nancy) are fully aware of it. Because their days of a 4-year stranglehold in Congress is now down to a mere 103 days, watch them push their Socialist Agenda even more before Nov. Cap and Tax is next folks! They just can't help themselves because they know what's best for the stupid American People! Boot these scumbags to the unemployment line once and for all!

    July 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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