Va. Republican congressional candidate: Not sure Obama born in U.S.
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.
March 16, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Anita Kumar , Glenn Nye
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