Kaine: Cuccinelli's birther comment 'ridiculous'
Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) called the so-called "birther" remarks by the state's attorney general "ridiculous" and blamed the comments on "the realm of psychology."
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II (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.
Cornered by reporters at the White House after a lunch with Obama, Kaine -- the chairman of the Democratic National Committee -- lumped Cuccinelli in with those who call themselves "birthers."
"I scratch my head in amazement that somebody in a position of that altitude would express an opinion like that," Kaine said. "It's ridiculous. This president is an American citizen, duly elected by the voters. But some people just can't accept that and they are still having trouble accepting it. I think that's what the attorney general is, maybe in that camp."
Asked whether he thought Cuccinelli's comments were "a racial thing," Kaine shook his head no and said, "I just think it's maybe in the realm of psychology."
-- Michael D. Shear
Michael D. Shear
March 16, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories: Ken Cuccinelli , Timothy M. Kaine
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