In August, the Mohave Daily News reported that Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) told a town hall that he was “considering filing a lawsuit” over President Obama’s birth certificate. Franks later clarified that he had considered a lawsuit before the 2008 election, but became convinced Obama was a citizen when he “found several different newspapers that had shown that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii two years after it became a state.” In an interview with the Washington Independent’s Dave Weigel at the How To Take Back America conference this weekend, Franks said that he believes Obama is American, “even if he acts un-American”:
FRANKS: That solved the issue for me. I said, you know, I can’t — I believe he’s a natural born citizen of the United States under the Constitution. And therefore, even if he acts un-American and he seems to go against American interests, I’d still believe he’s a natural-born American citizen.
Later in the interview, Franks told Weigel that “Barack Obama could solve this problem and make the birthers, you know, back off, by simply showing us his long-form birth certificate.” “That’d solve the problem,” said Franks. “There’s some other issue, I don’t know what it is, that he doesn’t want people to see the birth certificate on.”