WASHINGTON – Former Republican House majority leader Tom DeLay says he has “no idea” whether Barack Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as president because he refuses to show his birth certificate to the American people.
In answer to a question from Newsweek about statements he previously made with regard to Obama’s eligibility, he stated: “What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said: ‘Why wouldn’t the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate?’ You have to show a birth certificate to play little league baseball. It’s a question that should be answered. It’s in the Constitution that you have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States to be president.”
Asked whether be believed Obama was a citizen, DeLay responded: “I have no idea.”
In August, in an appearance on Matthews’ MSNBC show “Hardball,” DeLay was asked if he is a “birther.”
“Well, I’d like the president to produce his birth certificate,” said DeLay. “I can. Most illegal aliens here in America can. Why can’t the president of the United States produce his birth certificate? … Chris, will you do me a favor? Will you ask the president to show me his gift certificate – I mean, his birth certificate?”
DeLay’s outspokenness on the subject stands in stark contrast to any current member of Congress.