Romney campaign sticks with Trump, despite birther comments
May 26th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign sticks with Trump, despite birther comments

(CNN) – Donald Trump, whose penchant for questioning President Barack Obama's place of birth showed no signs of abating Friday, is helping presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney raise money. Isn't such close proximity to the "birther" conspiracy embarrassing for a candidate who's serious about becoming the next president?

That was the question posed by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger to Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom Friday.

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"I can't speak for Donald Trump, but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States," Fehrnstrom said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Fehrnstrom, it turns out, doesn't need to speak for Trump. The celebrity business magnate spoke out for himself in a Friday interview with The Daily Beast, saying he still had questions about Obama's birthplace.

"Look, it's very simple," Trump said in the Daily Beast interview. "A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book."

The interview continued, "He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital."

Trump was referring to literary agency who, in a promotional catalogue from the 1990s, listed Obama has having been born in Kenya. An employee of the agency recently acknowledged that it was her mistake.

Trump isn't buying it.

"Now they're saying it was a mistake," he told the Daily Beast. "Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, 'Oh, I mean Hawaii.' Give me a break."

Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate in April 2011, showing he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Soon after it was released, Trump announced he would not make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump's latest foray into birtherism comes just days ahead of a big campaign event with Romney in Las Vegas. The event, which will also feature former candidate Newt Gingrich, is set to take place Tuesday at Trump's International Hotel on the Strip.

Romney's campaign is also raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters who donate $3 to the campaign.

"I want you: Dine with the Donald," a campaign flier proclaims, along with a drawing of Trump in the post of Uncle Sam.

The campaign offers: "Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle; Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom; Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney."

Will such close proximity to an avowed birther damage Romney's credibility? Their rivals certainly hope so. Obama's campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt labeled Trump the "birther in chief" on MSNBC Friday.

But Fehrnstrom, quoting a member of the Obama White House, said a politician's supporters don't speak for the candidate himself.

"You know, not too long ago, Jay Carney, the spokesman for the White House made a statement which I think is correct, and that statement was that a candidate can't be responsible for everything that their supporters say," Fehrnstrom said. "And in this case, Mitt Romney has made it clear that the place of the president's birth is not an issue for him. He accepts the fact that he was born in Hawaii. And we have many important challenges facing our country, and that's what we'd rather talk about."

Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. todd

    in 1991 obama admitted he was born in kenya!!

    May 26, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  2. sick of republican phonies

    Evert time I see that phony's smarmy fake smile I want to punch him in the face.

    May 26, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  3. luke,az

    The Republican party is going downhill fast. Where are the moderates? They are dissappearing at an alarming rate.

    May 26, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Motley

    Who cares about some of the backers of Romney,... why not do the same about the backers of Obama then??? There are just as many loons backing Obama as there are backing Romney,...

    It is embarrassing that so many of Americans fall for the nonsense slants that the media pulls,... and base their opinions and votes more on this kind of stuff

    May 26, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. CRAIG

    Where's Trump's birth certificate?

    May 27, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  6. tired of the pandering

    so what is the problem,, look at the people obama has taken money from,, bill maher, and his ilk,, come on guys, are you that stupid to think this is a problem.. he never did really write off jeremiah wright or admit that he had heard all his hate before,, trump aint running,, he can say and do what he wants,, and he DID force the fool to produce a more legitimate photocopy that he really didn't want to have to produce,, gee,, a lowly citizen made the idiot do something,,

    May 27, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  7. joe

    Let's make it very simple....WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR OBAMA. Not a photocopy, not a "promise " from a clerk in Hawaii. If you really look at the evidence , There are definitely questions that need to be answered.

    May 27, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. mickey1313

    Thi sproves how ignorant the repub-a-tards are. It is evidant that the POTUS is american, and they still pull this slander out of there, we'll say hat. Its not like when bush released his milatary records, and they redacted so it wouldnt show his discharge for failure to comply with a drug test.

    May 27, 2012 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  9. bnfl

    I think most of you were born on the moon!!!!!!! That you can support this poor excuse of a president. It is amazing how many stupid people we have in America.

    May 27, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  10. midgick

    Love Trump. Next to Palin and Limbaugh, these clowns show the true face of today's GOP Party. Romney can't run away from his remarks and thought. Can't rewrite history, can't change what he really is. Thta's one a the few things that the age of electronic reporting has done. If it smells like cow manure, looks like cow manure and feels like cow manure, then guess what?? It is cow manure.
    If the GOP party could come up with a viable,honest, hard working American who's sole purpose is to better this country, then I'd vote for him/her in a second. Until then, I'll stay with the man who's in the Oval Office now. At least I know who and what he is.

    May 27, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. Squigman

    When idiots collide.

    May 27, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    And this matter still gets this length of article and tv coverage... why dont you all media concentrate on the real issues Jobs jobs jobs economic recovery and debt reduction immigration, energy policy and do some serious and meaningful reporting on Obama policy list and Romney policy list in those areas. Do ameaningful comparison and then get democratic pundits to debate republican ideas and vice versa the third debate with both sides pundits together. You can inter sperse the whole thing with politicians from both sides doing the same 3 way exerecise and that fills an awful lot of air time and blog time especially if Key political claims are political fact checked by an independent fact checker outside CNN. or any other TV news media.
    By the way trump just Farted again. Look that up in the shorter oxford english dictionary and it does not mean he speaks a lot of hot air and wind, its much more precise and hilarious, and coming from his mouth and insignificant.

    May 27, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. Robert

    You know what I wish? I wish that politics were all about the actual issues. I wish Romney would give us details of his vision for a better America, and I wish the same of Obama. I also wish that ALL media would stop making such a big deal about the smallest BS. Obama was born in Hawaii. Move on!! Let's talk about how to fix this economy and what to do about the trillion dollars in student loan debt. I don't want to hear about any birther/mormonism/muslim crap. Tell me why YOU are good for the job, not about what you think the other guy can't do.

    May 27, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  14. Observer91

    Well ladies and gentleman, if this issue goes all the way to election day (and you know it will) then I can safely say that it makes President Obama's victory that much more likely.

    May 27, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  15. SNAPPA

    Donald Trump is a very disturbed man, he has mental issues that will reveal some kind of brain tumor or brain disease and we will lose Donald Trump before the end of this year, thankfully.

    May 27, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  16. Thomas

    GO Romney/Trump 2012 & 2016 – Trump/?/? – 2020 & 2024 – The winning combination ALL THE WAY!!!

    What are you smoking ?

    Why not a Mitt Romney / Jerry Springer 2012 ?

    May 27, 2012 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  17. djb

    As Bill Maher said, "I mean, Mitt Romney comes from a Mormon background. I don't know how many wives he has. I'm not saying that I believe in that, I'm just saying he was born on a Mormon compound. I'm not a 'Wifer' but for some reason he's never shown his original marriage certificate."
    "He said that Romney may or may not have multiple wives, but he clearly has “the blood of a nomadic polygamist tribesman and I think that has shaped his worldview.”
    Romney’s marriage license, was only the “short-form license.” Why, for example, is the singular word “SPOUSE” typed above his wife’s name instead of “ONLY SPOUSE?”

    May 27, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  18. sqeptiq

    Mitt Romney has either sold his soul to the devil in return for the presidency or he has no soul to speak of.

    May 27, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  19. sqeptiq

    Romney dances with the devil and the devil will take him home when the dance is over.

    May 27, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. JOe

    Look everyone, two mufti-millionaires sticking up for each other. Isn't it cute? Obama 2012!

    May 27, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  21. Thomas

    Biden touts Obama's foreign policy in West Point address.

    You wouldn't post my comment , so I'll post it on here.

    I remember on commencement / graduation day at the US Naval Academy when Dick Cheney spoke . The war in Iraq was around the corner. He spoke like a true neocon , of a man who never smelled war first hand. A true executive who is devoid of consequences.

    Joe Biben's commencement speech is that of a Vice President , and a Father of a son who served in Iraq .Unlike Mitt Romney's five sons who avoided military service.

    Biden deserves respect , sacrifice for ones country means more then how much you are worth monetarily.

    May 27, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  22. James PDX

    Jesus comes back and tells all of America that their country is great, but cannot be truly blessed until all Americans follow him. The conservatives say, "Before we make you our leader, what country were you born in and we demand to see your long form birth certificate."

    May 27, 2012 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  23. gar

    Trump is not only an embarrassment to the Romney campaign, he is an embarrassment to himself. What a pathetic fool.

    May 27, 2012 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  24. jstein

    This is news? Wow cnn, is really scraping the bottom of the barrel right now.

    May 27, 2012 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  25. sittingduck

    Remember, this is the least offensive candidate the Republican Party could come up with.

    May 27, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
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