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Businessman and possible 2012 GOP contender Herman Cain says he understands why people want President Obama to bring out some proof of his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
He said in an interview with Shark-Tank.net he respects people who believe Obama “should prove he was born in the United States of America.”
He was responding to a question about billionaire Donald Trump’s flamboyant challenges to Obama to just produce his birth certificate and close the issue.
He said Trump was “not off base, just like the people who have been challenging his place of birth the last couple of years.”
Cain continued, “It’s just not an issue that I have studied enough to have a view on one way or another. I’ve been on the radio for five years fulltime. That wasn’t an issue, quite frankly, that I spent a lot of time studying. And I respect people who believe he should prove his citizenship.”
He continued that there is a very simple way for such issues to be resolved.
“If I were president and someone were challenging me on that, I’d produce my birth certificate. End of discussion, so that it doesn’t remain a big distraction,” he said. “I know there are people who have dug up some facts on this side, some people who have dug up some facts on [the other] side.”
“I, frankly, have not looked at all the facts.”
He said Barack Obama’s long list of incidents in which he disregards America’s Christian heritage may be intentional.
“I have been able to get the pulse of the American people of not only what’s in their head but what’s in their heart,” Cain told CBN News Correspondent David Brody in an interview. “What’s in their heart is they love this country. They love the values upon which this country was founded, and they don’t like it when the president omits ‘endowed by their Creator’ from reciting the Declaration of Independence.”
Brody asked Cain, “Do you believe that was intentional by the president?”
“I believe it was intentional because he did it three times, two of which I know about, and a friend of mine actually knows of a third one,” Cain answered. “With all of his teleprompters, how could you not put that in there? No. I believe it was intentional.”
As WND has reported, Obama has an established record of omitting references to the Divine: prompting a letter from the Congressional Prayer Caucus for incorrectly replacing the nation’s motto of “In God We Trust” with “E pluribus unum” in a speech at the University of Indonesia, omitting the phrase “endowed by their Creator” from documents submitted to the United Nations, drawing criticism for omitting the same phrase three times in a little over a month and, by WND columnist Chuck Norris’ count, dropping “their Creator” a total of seven times in a two-month span last year.
Cain, a radio talk host, WND columnist and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, is one of only a few GOP potential candidates to announce formation of an exploratory committee to seek possible nomination for president in 2012.
The issue of Obama’s eligibility has been in the news since before his election. There have been a multitude of lawsuits and other challenges over his eligibility under the Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural born Citizen.”
Many contend that means a child of two U.S. citizen parents, and Obama’s father was a Kenyan national when he attended college in the U.S. He later returned without any effort to become a U.S. citizen.
Other challenges contend Obama was not born in Hawaii as he claimed, suggesting an out-of-the borders birth, and resulting ineligibility. The “certification of live birth” from Hawaii that his campaign released is a “short form” summary of a birth record that does not necessarily indicate a Hawaiian birth.