McDonnell: I Am Not a Birther
Okay, he didn't say that exactly. In fact, one might fairly surmise that Republican Bob McDonnell wanted to change the subject pretty darn quickly.
But during an online video chat with The Richmond Times-Dispatch, McDonnell had this exchange with reporter Tyler Whitley.
Whitley: Do you believe that President Obama was born in the United States?
McDonnell: President Obama is a citizen; he is the president of the United States.
That's all, folks.
Perhaps this issue goes away, perhaps it doesn't. There is much Democratic buzz right now about polls (of varying reputation) showing how many Republicans don't believe Obama was born in the United States. But McDonnell's quick dismissal of the issue, which he has called a "distraction," could suffice.
Disclosure: The Times-Dispatch's "Ask the Candidate" chat relied on questions from viewers, including this e-mailed submission from me.
For those wanting to listen to the audio directly, here it is.
August 4, 2009; 5:44 PM ET
Categories: 2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell
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