Pawlenty calls out Trump
March 29th, 2011
10:40 AM ET
11 years ago

Pawlenty calls out Trump

(CNN) – Donald Trump should quit questioning President Obama's birthplace, says Tim Pawlenty, a potential future opponent of Trump's for the Republican presidential nomination.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Pawlenty said he doesn't doubt Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii and says members of his party should stop pushing the issue.

"I, for one, do not believe we should be raising that issue," the ex-Minnesota governor said. "I think President Obama was born in the United States."

As for his thoughts on a seemingly improbable Trump presidential candidacy, Pawlently said, "I think he's talented. I think he's funny. I think he's interesting."

The comments come a day after Trump pushed the issue farther down the road, telling Fox News he is "really concerned" the president was not born in the United States.

"All of the sudden a lot of facts are emerging, and I am starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country," he said.

Trump followed those comments up by releasing what he said was his own birth certificate to the conservative website The certificate Trump released however is not an official one, according to Politico.

It should be noted that CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace. Hawaii has released a copy of the president's birth certificate - officially called a "certificate of live birth" - and the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth.

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Paul Meeks

    Let's think about how Obama could stop the Birthers cold in their tracks.... hmmm... it's coming to me.... wait for it.... OH I'VE GOT IT!


    March 29, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. FM

    The circus is yet to begin! GOP contenders to be seem all to be entertainers!

    March 29, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Tam

    Good for Pawlenty. Bad and stupid for Trump. Can America slide any further down into the underworld?

    March 29, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Tom

    I think birthers make the republican party look bad.

    March 29, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Michael

    it doesnt matter how much proof of something you have. its not about the truth, its about trying to tear someone down. if lying about somethng will help your cause, some folks see no problem. Of COURSE the republicans know the President was born in Hawaii.. it just serves thier purposes to nurture a bit of doubt about it in order to lead the masses to where they want them to go.

    March 29, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. a Minnesotan

    To all those to the left of the far right of the political spectrum that would consider voting for Pawlenty for President should he get the Republican nomination. This is the furthest left Pawlenty will get. Acknowledging that President Obama was born in the US. He is a smooth talker and can make it appear he is a moderate. His record shows otherwise. Please, please, please, research his policies as Governor of MN. Especially his first term. Thanks!

    March 29, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Tall Ed

    I am no fan of T-Paw, but he is right. The whole birther arguement has been Debunked, and anyone who doesn't believe it has been Debunked will never believe it. My best wishes go out to T-Paws child.

    March 29, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. Barbara48

    The answer is simple. OBAMA, JUST SHOW US YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!! is that too much to ask? no birth certificate, no school records, etc... just what is this guy hiding?? GO TRUMP, you may be gruff....but too the point and we need more straight talk in politics... Pawlenty is campaining already. Stir is up Donald!!

    March 29, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Lonewolf777

    I have always respected Trump as an astute businessman. Now I see him as a man who will whore himself out to achieve any goal and I believe millions of Americans now see him the same way. Sad.

    March 29, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. once upon a Horse

    51% of Republican's voters for the primary claim they don't think Obama was born in the US and sadly that is a large part of the right wing base, thus you are going to have some people like Trump pander to it. The GOP as a whole could end this stupid issue, heck even Karl Rove says that it makes the party look stupid, but they won't because they fear it might turn the loonies away and they want their votes. When you have little to run on like the jobs you created or other things in the economy the only other option is doing what the GOP does best.....use fear and mis-information. So be prepared for more "he's not one of us" junk for 2012. You notice too that when these folks talk on FoxNews about this, the hosts there do very little to dispute them.

    March 29, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Cliff

    Trump is a clown.

    March 29, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |

    Man, I cannot wait for the 2012 election cycle to formally begin. Republicans are awesome comedians.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    March 29, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Michael

    It is good to see Pawlenty standing up for truth and sanity – but what is he going to do without the support of the Tea Party? The ignoranti will never accept President Obama's legitimacy.

    March 29, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Dave

    Tea Party won't like that.

    March 29, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. rob522

    Trump is an idiot.....i question if he was born in the US......the State of Hawaii and their governor both certified that Obama was born there....that is good enough for me......if that is all Trump has to run on....he is going no where.

    March 29, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. Steve Jackson

    Trump and anyone else has the right to question the birth of anyone or say they believe or do not believe it so back off on people that say what they think

    March 29, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Tom P

    What is the cause of the hypocrisy with Obama's birthplace? This came up during the 2008 presidential race but it seems that although the evidence is clear that President Obama was in fact born in Hawaii which was and is a state of the United States. His opponent, John McCain was born in Panama. Now he was born in a navy hospital in what was considered a US territory but he was not born in any state of the United States. He was born in the US on a technicality. Why was/is this never mentioned by the "left leaning media" when this nonissue comes up?

    March 29, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Maria T

    Tim P will never be president. Few will vote for a man who vouches for what he does not, and cannot, KNOW. Fact is, the "hospital" did no such thing. Not even Obama knows where he was born. His parents and grandparents, in particular his mother, are not here to tell us, and if anyone else does know, he or she would be cold by the end of the week if he or she dared to speak.

    March 29, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. daniel byrnes jr

    I feel CNN should put out the information of President Obama's "certificate of live birth"because there are a lot of people that don't believe. The public should be informed that there is not conspiracy...

    March 29, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. Frank D. Thurlow

    All Obama has to do is produce his birth certificate and stop all the controversy. Why does he refure to do so.

    March 29, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Independent In Albany

    That kind of rational thinking just won"t fly witth the neo-con hoards, but I will get him my vote if he keeps it up!

    March 29, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. ellid

    I am no fan of Pawlenty, but it is refreshing to see a Republican who disavows the insanity that is the birther movement.

    March 29, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Ernie

    Joe, Pawlenty is saying this now, but if he were to win the Republician Nomination he would be saying something diferent. He would be saying the American People want to see a "Birth Certificate".
    This goes to show me that Joe Pawlenty is not fit to be President. According to the way I read the article it was telling me that Joe Pawlenty believes that Obama was born in Hawaii. Joe Pawlenty doesn't a prayer to not only win the Republician Nomination but he doesn't have a prayer to become President. He's not strong enough.

    March 29, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    Yep and we landed on the moon too!

    March 29, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. funny

    Timmy, you are not going to pass the purity test with 15% of your party.

    March 29, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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