"Bachmann: ‘I have no reason to doubt that [Obama] wasn’t born in the United States.’"
On CNN’s Larry King Live last night, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was asked if she agreed with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that birthers are “crazy.” “That’s a non-issue,” replied Bachmann. “In my district, it’s a flat out non-issue.” King and guest James Carville pressed Bachmann to answer the question, but she continued to dodge it by saying her constituents just wanted to know “where are the jobs?” Eventually, King put her on the spot and she voiced support for the birthers:
KING: Congresswoman, I am — Congresswoman, the only thing was the question was simple — do you believe the birthers? Forget the district, forget the jobs for a moment. Do you believe President Obama was born in the United States?
BACHMANN: I have no reason to doubt that he wasn’t born in the United States. I have none. The only place that this issue comes up is on the left. You don’t hear people on the right bringing this issue up.
Bachmann appears to have misspoke though (she intended to say she has no reason to doubt Obama “was born” in the US). Later in the interview, when asked if she believed that Obama was “born somewhere else,” she replied, “The president has shown his birth certificate.” Watch it:
In the same segment, former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer tried to compare birthers to Democrats who thought President Bush didn’t win Florida in 2000. “There were many people who called him illegitimate and said that he lost Florida despite there being no evidence of that being the case,” said Fleischer.