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On The Record

Anita Kumar

Last week, we introduced you to On The Record , a new regular feature here on the Virginia Politics blog -- a funny, outrageous or otherwise memorable quote from someone in the state's political world. Have a quote you want to share? Email me at

Now onto our second installment:

Today's quote: "All they've got to do is look at the birth certificate in Hawaii. To me that is convincing evidence...This is a distraction from discussion of real issues that do matter. I'm convinced he was born in United States, that he was duly elected president and he's proposing some really bad ideas for our country," George Allen said in an interview with my colleague Sandhya Somashekhar.

Allen, the former Republican senator and governor, was responding to a question about the so-called "birther movement" -- comprised of those who do not believe Barack Obama is a natural born citizen, a requirement to be president of the United States. Recent polls show that a majority of Republicans do not believe, or say they do not know, if Obama is a citizen. But Allen has made it crystal clear he does not fall in that category. Three years after he made an infamous political gaffe, a conciliatory Allen is stepping back into the spotlight in part by campaigning regularly for gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell, prompting speculation of a comeback.

What do you think about Allen's quote? Share your thoughts with us below.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , George F. Allen , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell  
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ignoring his opinion on the president's policies, Allen is 100% correct that Barack Obama is a natural born citizen. Deal with it people. This birther nonsense just exposes how stupid some people can be.

Posted by: Alferd | August 14, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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