Rick Perry Talks Obama Birth Certificate

'Trump doesn't think Obama birth certificate is real,' he tells interviewer
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2011 12:38 AM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2011 2:40 AM CDT
Rick Perry speaks to a gathering of conservative Christians at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Presidential Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Is Rick Perry the new birther candidate? The Texas governor told Parade he's incapable of reaching a definitive conclusion as to whether Barack Obama's publicly released birth certificate is "real," though he ultimately pirouettes away from the controversial issue. When asked in yesterday in Parade if he thought the president was born in the US, he carefully offered: "I have no reason to think otherwise."

Perry was told by the interviewer that wasn't a definitive answer ("Well, I don’t have a definitive answer," he responds), and was reminded that he has seen the president's birth certificate. "Have I?" Perry asked. He then mentioned that he has discussed Obama's birth certificate with Donald Trump, who "doesn't think it's real." When pressed further, Perry responded: "It doesn't matter. He's the president. It's a distractive issue."

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