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Cuccinelli denies he is a 'birther,' says audio blog post is 'hypothetical'

Anne Bartlett

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli (R) denied accusations Monday that he is a birther, saying that audio posted online of him saying it is not "beyond the realm of possibility" President Obama was born in Kenya reflected "a hypothetical legal answer" to a question.

"I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in America. I don't buy into the claims that he wasn't," Cuccinelli told The Post in a statement.

The Virginia politics blog NotLarrySabato had in the morning posted audio it obtained from a source who recorded Cuccinelli speaking during the post-election transition period:

The full story by Garance Franke-Ruta and Rosalind S. Helderman is on the Washington Post's 44 blog.

By Garance Franke-Ruta and Rosalind S. Helderman  |  March 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Here's the audio. There's nothing hypothetical about it. He's a birther, pure and simple.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-3nkQYONic&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: cincykid1 | March 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

One thing I never get about the birthers - just say for argument sake that Obama was born on Mars - if his mom is a US citizen (and no one ever questions that the white mom isn't from America) isn't he a US Citizen? It's not like if you have a baby on vacation in another country, that baby is not a US Citizen (or say in the Panama for example). Aside the absolute ridiculousness of the birther conspiracy, it doesn't make any sense anywhow. Wow, Cooch certainly is a great legal mind! How embarassing.

Posted by: jak2 | March 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Of course he denies it. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. The man is a cowardly bigot, what else is he going to do?

Posted by: JoelB8 | March 15, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Cincykid,

You are using logic to try and figure out a Birther. Big mistake. Won't work. Birthers have an answer for every single reasonable objection you have. The 'mother is a citizen' thing you bring up? They will go into a long explanation about an obscure Hawaiian Law regarding 18 year mothers or something, or some utter nonsense about the British Commonwealth status of the father.

These are sentient beings who spent a couple of weeks trying to fathom a fake birth certificate some Birther bought in Kenya. Right, some Birther bought a 'genuine' Obama Birth Certificate from a low level Kenyan government employee. He actually forked over good cash for it. Think about it, the folks that send out Nigerian Bank Account emails are probably thinking, 'darn, I wish I'd thought of that.'

Or the stupidity of 'He needs to release his birth certificate'! It is released, just go to the Courthouse in Hawaii where it is and look at it. Lots of news people have done so and reported on it.

If Jesus Christ himself came and swore on a stack of bibles, that Obama was born in Hawaii, it would not sway a Birther one iota.

Posted by: alon2 | March 15, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

EVERY DAY another surprise from the VA A.G.

What a bright, progressive guy; The Commonwealth can put him right up there with Madison, Jefferson, Patrick Henry.

Or, perhaps Macaca Allen and Gilmore are his peers. Yeah, I think these two are Kenny's likely compatriots. If he could keep his mouth shut for a few more years maybe we'd be spared the shame of his ignorance. Maybe.

Posted by: suzeq | March 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

EVERY DAY another surprise from the VA A.G.

What a bright, progressive guy; The Commonwealth can put him right up there with Madison, Jefferson, Patrick Henry.

Or, perhaps Macaca Allen and Gilmore are his peers. Yeah, I think these two are Kenny's likely compatriots. If he could keep his mouth shut for a few more years maybe we'd be spared the shame of his ignorance. Maybe.

Posted by: suzeq | March 15, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

EVERY DAY another surprise from the VA A.G.

What a bright, progressive guy; The Commonwealth can put him right up there with Madison, Jefferson, Patrick Henry.

Or, perhaps Macaca Allen and Gilmore are his peers. Yeah, I think these two are Kenny's likely compatriots. If he could keep his mouth shut for a few more years maybe we'd be spared the shame of his ignorance. Maybe.

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Posted by: llitkonlyyous | March 15, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

He may or may not be a birther. If he is not, he certainly showed himself as not strong enough to just tell the person that there is no reason to believe that Obama was not born in the US and is not a citizen and that perhaps he should move on with his life. This pandering to the lowest common denominator is just as disturbing as if he was actually a birther. What would he have said to a Klansman? A Nazi? Someone who thinks the earth is flat?

Posted by: didnik | March 15, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

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