RNC Chairman dismisses birther talk
April 26th, 2011
12:24 PM ET
12 years ago

RNC Chairman dismisses birther talk

Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump has spent weeks raising questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that so-called "birther" claims are a distraction from more pressing issues facing the nation.

"Trump and the candidates can talk about it all they want, but my position is that the president was born in the United States," Priebus told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Priebus said his main priority as party chairman is winning elections.

"I don't think it's an issue that moves voters," he said of the birth certificate chatter. "It's an issue in my opinion that I don't personally get too excited about, because I think the more important question is what's going on in this country in regards to jobs, to debt, and the deficit and spending. Those are the things that people are worried about. People aren't worried about these other issues."

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. casy

    I'm a Independent voter who use to be a democrat. I plan on remaining Independent. The democrats are not going to control my thinking nor will the Republicans or the MSM. My take on the birther issue is that the American People have a RIGHT to know the truth about our president and other elected officials. We know nothing about Obama except the narrative that the MSM want to sell us. I don't know what the truth is something isn't right. The truth is very important. This country is facing huge problems no doubt about that but MANY of us would like to know that the person that is heading the country and in charge of the mess is rightfully holding office. The issue is becoming so big that it can't ignored. A growing number of Americans are wanting answers and I can ASSURE you that this issue is not solely an issue that the "extreme" right is interested in, no matter what the MSM tries to sell to its audience!

    April 26, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    See what $arah Palin and $ean Hannity has started......

    April 26, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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