Mitt Romney joked about the right-wing conspiracy theory claiming that President Obama was born in Kenya, during a rally in Commerce, Michigan on Thursday afternoon.
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised,” Romney declared to loud cheers. Watch it:
Both Mitt and his wife Ann Romney were born in Michigan, though a small group of so-called Romney birthers question the claim, noting that since Mitt’s father George Romney was born in Mexico, “his candidate son is not a natural-born citizen, and therefore Constitutionally ineligible to occupy the Oval Office.” Some believe that Romney himself was also born in Mexico.
The Romney campaign has sought to distance itself from claims that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, through Romney continues to associate himself with prominent birther Donald Trump. Trump is expected to participate at the Republican convention on Monday.
The Obama campaign responds:
“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. 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.”
Rush Limbaugh played the comments during his radio show and noted, “Right on, right on, right on.”