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S.D. secretary of state: Obama's citizenship may be 'scam'

Chris Nelson, who's retiring after two terms as South Dakota's secretary of state to challenge Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), gets asked by Kevin Woster whether he believes President Obama is a citizen of the United States. Nelson doesn't know.

[M]eeting the constitutional qualifications to be President is a very important issue. If President Obama isn’t constitutionally qualified, it would be the biggest scam ever perpetuated on the American people. MANY people contacted me as Secretary of State prior to and after the election asking how Obama could be on our ballot given this controversy. Absent a court finding that he isn’t a natural born citizen, we have to take the certification from the National Democratic Convention at face value.

Of course, most people have taken "at face value" Obama's certification of live birth from Hawaii, released by the campaign in 2008, as proof of where he was born. Interestingly, Nelson's less-well-established primary challengers don't take the bait, and blow off the question.

Few pollsters have measured this race, but Rasmussen Reports has found Herseth Sandlin -- who voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- leading Nelson by a statistically insignificant margin.

By David Weigel  |  May 10, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Fringe  
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