(COMMERCE, Mich.) – At a rally meant to highlight Mitt Romney’s hometown roots in Michigan, a joke delivered by the candidate seemed to make reference to suggestions that President Obama was not born in the United States.
“Now, I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born,” said Romney. “Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital.”
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate,” said Romney. “They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
Romney advisor Kevin Madden said in a statement Romney was referring to his upbringing, not the questions that have been raised by some about the president’s birthplace.
Both Obama and Romney have released their birth certificates.
“The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States,” said Madden. “He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.”
But Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt thinks otherwise, writing in a statement, “Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”
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