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McDonnell: I Am Not a Birther

Amy Gardner

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.

By Amy Gardner  |  August 4, 2009; 5:44 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

Oh, the intrigue!!!

As a Reverse Birther, this is obviously a coded message. Anyone can be a citizen, but to be Prez you must be born in the USA. So his saying that he "is a citizen" means he doesn't believe he should be President.

This whole Birther shtuff is sooo stupid.

Posted by: Greg S. | August 4, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

He's not a birther, he's a teabagger!

Posted by: bs2004 | August 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

He's not a birther, he just represents birthers. Swell.

Posted by: nodebris | August 4, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The Ds are getting their heads handed to them in two polls and all they can talk about is this? If this keeps up expect McD to win by 20 pts, and Bill Howell will have 58 Republicans in the House.

Posted by: jebw958 | August 4, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Can someone spell Activist Journalism?
What is the purpose of an article like this?
What a waste of paper & ink.

Posted by: letsfroggy1 | August 5, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

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