At a town hall meeting in Louisiana last Sunday, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) appeared to join the ranks of the widely discredited far-right birther movement when he expressed support for conservative organizations challenging President Obama’s natural born citizenship in court. “I think it’s bothered us for a long time,” a town hall attendee told Vitter and asked, “I’d like to ask you Senator Vitter, what you personally know about this and what you personally will do about it — if anything — and that is Mr. Obama’s refusal to produce a valid birth certificate.” Vitter responded that taking the issue to court is a “valid” course of action:
VITTER: I know all the information I’ve been able to get my hands on through the media. But obviously with the mainstream media as a filter, that’s not a whole lot. I personally don’t have standing to bring litigation in court. But I support conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court. I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it. I think quite frankly, and I’ll be blunt, I think if we focus on that issue and let our eye off the ball in terms of this fall’s election, in terms of ongoing policy votes, week in, week out in the Congress, I think that’s a big mistake.
TPM has the video of Vitter’s remarks: