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Rick Perry Claims Birther Comments Were a Joke

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Rick Perry attempted to quiet the birther speculation Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with Tampa’s Bay News 9, saying he fully believes President Obama was born in the United States and that any speculative comments about the president’s birth origin were only a joke, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

In the interview, set to air on Sunday, Perry says he was only joking when he expressed doubts about the president’s birth origin in a television interview earlier this week.

Perry is not the first candidate to attempt to turn a political gaffe into a joke. Herman Cain claimed his proposal of an electrified border fence was just a joke.

Perry is in Florida on Wednesday for fundraisers.

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