Mitt Romney "birther" comment no joke

Mitt Romney "birther" comment no joke

Mitt Romney made a comment that is really indefensible.

"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised," Romney said Friday while he was campaigning in Michigan.

Alluding to the fear mongers who believe President Barack Obama was not born in the United States is beneath someone who aspires to be president of the United States.

And this is even more ironic considering Romney's family history in Mexico.

His grandfather, Gaskell Romney, fled laws that would have prevented him from having more than one wife. He moved to Mexico after the Edmund Act was passed in 1882 banning polygamy in the United States.

Romney's father, George W. Romney, was born in Mexico and moved to the United States at at the age of 5. His citizenship was called into question when he ran for president in 1968 and that too was unfair. Both his parents were U.S. citizens.

Let's also remember that Sen. John McCain was born in a military hospital in the Panama Canal zone when his father was in the military.

But his citizenship was not furiously questioned like President Obama.

Romney is right that people don't question his birthline.

But they still question President Obama.

A birth certificate isn't proof enough for them. It's absurd that some people, including Donald Trump, actually believe these conspiracy theories.

Even though Romney has previously discounted such nonsense his latest comments show he will do or say just about anything to win votes. Later he remarked his birther comment was a joke. That is no excuse.

As the Republican convention begins Monday in Tampa, it is fair game to question or attack Obama's policies. The Republicans will try make their best argument as to why we need a new president. You can agree or disagree with those arguments.

But to continue to question our president's birthplace, to cast doubt as to whether is really an "American," is nothing to cheer or celebrate.

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