1:09 pm Aug. 24, 2012
At an event in Michigan today, Mitt Romney made a joke about his birthplace and, implicitly Barack Obama's.
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate," Romney told a big crowd, in an appearance with his running mate, Paul Ryan. "They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
Democrats pounced on the remark as an example of Romney embracing the birther movement, which is premised on the idea that the president was secretly born outside the United States, and the long-form birth certificate from the State of Hawaii that he released last year, along with announcements in local papers, are all part of an elaborate conspiracy.
The most conspicuous proponent of that view is Donald Trump, the Manhattan real estate developer, who Romney at first shied away from, then later embraced publicly with an endorsement ceremony in Las Vegas and a fund-raising contest in which the prize is a meal with the two men.
Trump was not given a slot at the convention, but does have a special "surprise" planned, which appears to involve him "firing" an Obama impersonator.
“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them," said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for the Obama campaign in an emailed statement. "It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”
The Romney campaign has said Romney was just highlighting the fact he was born in Michigan.
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