U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says President Obama has neglected to clearly demonstrate he’s eligible to hold his office, and says it would be simple for him to do so.
“It’s an interesting issue that has gone on for so long and it’s one that the president could have solved very early on,” Bachmann told Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro last night.
“All he had to do is just answer some questions and show his [long-form birth] document and then have people do an attestation that this in fact is a legal document and it’s over, it’s done. And I think the president has neglected to focus on answering that question for people, and that’s why a lot of people still have it lingering in their minds. None of us can prove, none of us can do attestation. Only the president and someone who is legally tasked with attesting to the validity of that document can do that, and I think that’s what the president should do.”
Bachmann, who is considering her own run for president next year, said, “One thing I know is that people have weighed President Obama in the balance, and he’s been found wanting. I think we have a real opportunity to win back the White House. And it’s not about again a political party winning, it’s about taking the country back. That’s the bigger issue, and I really think it’s going to happen in 2012.”
Regarding her own potential candidacy, Bachmann told Pirro she’d make a formal announcement “probably sometime in June as to whether or not I’ll be in this race, but I have laid groundwork in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, meeting with influential people in the state, but also meeting with voters on the street and it’s been a wonderful response that I’ve been getting from people.”
In a previous interview, Bachmann said if she were to run, she’d quickly establish her constitutional qualifications for the presidency.
“I’ll tell you one thing, if I was ever to run for president of the United States, I think the first thing I would do in the first debate is offer my birth certificate, so we can get that off the table,” she told radio host Jeff Katz last month.