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Steve King: 'There's one [birth certificate] in this country we haven't seen'

A strange moment on the floor of the House, captured (off of a TV) on YouTube by a believer in Barack Obama citizenship conspiracy theories who thinks that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is proclaiming his solidarity with that movement. In a wide-ranging speech critical of Obama policies, King described the share of the national debt inherited by children as soon as they were born.

"Little baby with ink on their foot," said King, "stamped right there on the birth certificate -- there's one in this country we haven't seen -- but, the footprint on those we have seen owe Uncle Sam $44,000."

I've asked King's office exactly what he meant here, but it's hard to tell what this is if not a joke about "birtherism." What's the "one" birth certificate he hasn't seen?

By David Weigel  |  June 24, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
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