As ThinkProgress previously noted, Tim Walberg — a former GOP congressman and current Republican nominee for the House of Representatives from Michigan’s seventh congressional district — appeared on a local Battle Creek radio show last month and told the host that he doesn’t “know” if Obama is a Muslim or born in the United States.
Now, video has surfaced of Walberg once again addressing the “birther” issue. The congressional candidate told voters at a recent meeting at a coffee shop that, while he’s going to “take [Obama] at his word that he’s an American citizen,” the reason the issue isn’t “resolved” is because the “president hasn’t resolved it yet.” Walberg suggested that Obama call in radio hosts Alan Colmes and Rush Limbaugh, congressional leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and “maybe one justice of the U.S. Supreme Court” and present his birth certificate to them in private. He then explained that there is little that Congress can do to force Obama from “showing certain things,” but suggested that Congress could use the threat of impeachment, but “Republicans don’t have that majority“:
WALBERG: Well I’m going to take him at his word that he’s an American citizen. I don’t know why it’s not resolved, other than the fact that the president hasn’t resolved it yet. [...] If I had to do it I’d just simply of course I had to show my birth certificiate to be on the ballot. If I were gonna do it I’d call Rush Limbaugh, Alan Colmes, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, and maybe one justice of the US Supreme court. Call ‘em all into a room and lay out my birth certificate on a table…and say all of you take a look at it show me what you find. Now go and report it. [...] The Executive has an awful lot of power to keep from showing certain things unless the courts will stand up to him. Or unless Congress in majority will stand up, up to and including impeachment. And Republicans don’t have that majority.
At the same meeting, Walberg also reiterated his position that he would like to introduce private security accounts into Social Security for younger workers, backed drilling in the Arctic Wildlife National Refuge, and blasted the recently-passed health care bill.