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Va. Republican congressional candidate: Not sure Obama born in U.S.

Anita Kumar

Ben Loyola, one of several Republicans competing in a 2nd congressional district primary in the Hampton Roads area to run against U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye (D), said in an interview posted on the blog Bearing Drift that he is not sure President Obama was born in the United States.

When asked if Obama was a "natural born United States citizen," Loyola responded "I'm not sure, and that troubles me."

Read the full interview. The interview from Va Blogger of Too Conservative was conducted in August 2009, but just posted online today.

Loyola spokesman Joshua Clark said today that his boss's answers were accurate -- and that he answered that way because he doesn't know whether the president was born in the United States or not.

Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) denied accusations that he is a birther, after audio posted online of him saying it is not "beyond the realm of possibility" Obama was born in Kenya.

Loyola, a Cuban American who owns an engineering company, has received the backing of two of the nation's most prominent Cuban-American Republican politicians -- former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, who also served as his party's national chairman, and U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart of Florida.

The 2nd District includes Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, and parts of Norfolk and Hampton. The primary is scheduled for June 8 in what is considered one of the top races of the 2010 mid-term elections.

Nye, a Democrat and former foreign service officer, beat incumbent Thelma Drake to win the seat in 2008.

Six other Republicans are also running in the primary, including Scott Rigell, owner of Freedom Automotive in Virginia Beach; Kenny Golden, former Republican Party of Virginia Beach chairman; and Scott Taylor, a businessman and former Navy SEAL who ran unsuccessfully for Beach mayor in 2008.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 16, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
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Is Panama the 51st state of the United States? If it was okay for McCain to be president, why do these birthers still question President Obama's status as a US citizen. Has anybody questioned this candidate about his ties to Castro since he is a Cuban American? We still don't have friendly relations with Cuba and he has the nerve to question somebody else's birthright and loyalty to this country. Amazing!

Posted by: Carole5520 | March 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Sen McCain was not born in Panama. He was born in the Pamana Canal Zone -- a US Territory. Also he was a "native born American" by law as the child of an active duty military member stationed there. Do your homework!

Posted by: NancyLDavis | March 16, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course he was born in Kenya, everybody knows that. I'm disappointed in Cuccinelli for backing off his opinion. Hey Kumar, how's your client, Creigh Deeds these days?

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 16, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I think the reality is how much egg is on all of our faces if it turns out Obama was not born in Hawaii

I agree that it shouldnt matter where you are born as long as you love our values but the definition of a president is that they are born on our soil
So that we insure that the commander in chief is putting Americans in the best interest of his/hers decisions

Obama seems to be Making decisions in the best interest of progressives and Democrats that have votes for sale so the minority is ruling the majority

There are plenty of good democrats fighting against grain of this healthcare reform please send them a Thank You

Posted by: Donald03 | March 16, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

We still don't know do we?
Nor do we know what his grades were in college or anything else because all the records are sealed.
What we DO know is disturbing.
He's closer to a Mugabe or a Castro than a Jefferson or Adams.

Posted by: Etek | March 16, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing that I feel many American citizens seem to be missing: there are usually reasons behind laws, and when those reasons turn out to be arbitrary and no longer work for us, they are usually changed.

Obama was born in America. Fact.

But even if he weren't, how is it important? Birth location seems an extremely arbitrary criteria for judging one's competency as president.

He is a strong leader, a true proponent of this democracy, a wonderful public speaker, and he has great ideas for our country.

That's the American man I want in the White House representing me, not some racist white upper-class evangelical conservative who doesn't have the decency to push aside heresay and rumor in favor of drawing attention to the things that we really need to be talking about in government: policy.

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Posted by: llitkonlyyous | March 16, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

DO they have a supply of STUPID in the water in VIRGINIA???

Posted by: racerdoc | March 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

i am so sick of cubans

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