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Perry: I Have 'No Doubt' Obama Is a US Citizen

Says he was just having a little fun with Donald Trump
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2011 4:00 PM CDT
Rick Perry Has 'No Doubt' That the President Is a Citizen
Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds up the tiny tax form he says that Americans would fill out under his plan.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

(Newser) – Rick Perry made clear today he is not in the birther camp—and he says was never there to begin with. "I have no doubt about it," he tells Florida's Bay News 9 when asked whether President Obama is a citizen. Pressed on his recent comments, here and here, Perry said it was all in jest. “I don’t think I was expressing doubts,” he said. “I was having some fun with Donald Trump. ... Look, it’s fun to, you know, lighten up a little bit." At Mediaite, Dan Abrams provides an overview and concludes that the blame for this mini-tempest lies squarely with the media, not with Perry. Mitt Romney had a clarification of his own today. (Read more Rick Perry 2012 stories.)

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