Vitter Backs Birther Lawsuits

Distrusts 'mainstream media' on Obama birth certificate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2010 7:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sen. David Vitter says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court. The Louisiana Republican, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama's "refusal to produce a valid birth certificate."

With the crowd applauding the question, Vitter responded that although he doesn't personally have legal standing to bring litigation, he supports "conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court." A spokesman for Vitter's Democratic opponent said, "While Louisiana families are suffering from the biggest man-made disaster in history, David Vitter is trying to score political points by perpetuating a completely debunked conspiracy theory." (Read more David Vitter stories.)

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