His constituents asked for the investigation because of the damage that could be done should a 2012 candidate be placed on their election ballot based on a fraudulent document.
Businessman and presidential contender Herman Cain told WND Obama’s eligibility “should have been something that the United States Congress took up before he took office or up to this point. Now at this particular point, my focus is, ‘What do we do to get this economy going?’ If he is not eligible, that is not gonna be something that I am gonna focus my energies on because I want to get elected president to help people get jobs.
“If the United States of America didn’t do its homework and its due diligence, shame on us! I hope we don’t allow that to happen again just in case there’s something there to that.”
When asked if he personally thought Obama was constitutionally qualified to hold the office, Cain said, “I have not studied all of the information on his eligibility, so I don’t have an opinion on that. I’ve seen only some of the stories, but I have not studied all of the evidence weighing both sides in terms of his eligibility.”
The Tampa debate was co-hosted by the Tea Party Express, a group which prides itself on championing adherence to the Constitution.
But its chairwoman, Amy Kremer of Atlanta, was not high on addressing the natural-born-citizen matter during this campaign.
“There are so many issues out there, and I know that there are people who are focused on that issue, [but] I think we need to focus on the next 14 months in getting a conservative candidate – a Republican conservative candidate – that can defeat Barack Obama, and that’s where I think we need to go.”