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How many Republican congressmen are ‘birthers’?

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Blogger-activist Mike Stark has been staking out Capitol Hill recently, trying to get Republican congressmen on the record about whether or not they believe President Obama was born in the United States. Only a couple of GOP congressmen were willing to state without reservation that Obama is the legal and constitutional President of the United States. Many others said they “think there are questions” and would “like to see the documents.” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) began running away from Stark — literally — to avoid answering the question. Another congressman avoided Stark by hiding in a book store and pretending to look at pens. Watch it:

For more about the “birthers,” read today’s Progress Report on “The Wacko Wing.”

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In the video, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) refuses to answer the “birther” question by telling Stark, “I’m focused on health care issues.” McCotter today introduced a frivolous resolution demanding Obama apologize to the Cambridge police.

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,Eric Kleefeld adds, “The most interesting non-answer came from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who happens to be the Vice-Chair of the House Republican Conference — the fourth-highest position in the leadership — and also gave the Republican YouTube address this past weekend. ‘We’re all going to find out,’ said McMorris Rodgers. When asked again, she said: ‘Oh, I’d like to see the documents.’”

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,A spokesman from Rep. Tom Price’s office tells ThinkProgress that the congressman in the video who calls Stark “the scum of the earth” is Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID).

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