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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

By Michael D. Shear  |  March 16, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Posted by: llitkonlyyous | March 16, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Has his birth certificate been athenticated? Just kidding. ;)

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | March 16, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

nice to hear some straight talk from a virginian politician for a change. it's a nice break from the back pedaling, flip floping and double speak out of McDonell and Cuccinelli whenever their stupidity gets called out.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 17, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Virginia should be ashamed of both the Gov and the Atty Gen for seeking to create fear, hostility, and intollerance in a progressive State (unitl now)...and, I am not just speaking about the gay righrts issue. It is their combined mentalilty of fear-mongering to the ignorant.

Posted by: fairness3 | March 17, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine = LOSER

The libs will hang him in effigy after they get clobbered in Nov.

Posted by: JTR555 | March 17, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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