The public is “rightfully” making questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president into an issue, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared yesterday.
“Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?” Palin was asked in an interview on the Rusty Humphries national radio show.
“I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers,” she replied.
Humphries asked: “Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?”
“I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records – all of that is fair game,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area.”
Palin said it was legitimate to question Obama’s eligibility, referring to “the weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son – ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.
“Maybe we can reverse that, and use the same [inaudible] thinking on the other one,” she added.
Hear Humphries’ interview with Palin:
Palin also addressed her campaign’s treatment of Obama’s radical associates, such as former pastor Jeremiah Wright and unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers.
“McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area,” she said. “We didn’t call out Obama and some of his associates on their records and what their beliefs were, and perhaps what their future plans were, and I don’t think that was fair to voters to not have done our job as candidates and a campaign to bring to light a lot of things that now we’re seeing manifest in the administration.”
After Humphries’ interview, however, Palin posted a message on her Facebook page under the banner “Stupid conspiracies,” clarifying that she has not and will not press the issue of the president’s eligibility.
“Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask … which they have repeatedly,” she writes.
“But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.”
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