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Mitt Romney Releases Birth Certificate

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney has added another element to the “birther” storyline by releasing a copy of his own birth certificate -- or, as the document states, a “Certificate of Live Birth” from Michigan.

Romney released the document Wednesday, just a day after Donald Trump repeated his own claim that President Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore not allowed to occupy the White House.

Before releasing his long-form birth certificate last year in response to Trump’s demands, Obama had made public his own “Certificate of Live Birth,” which some claimed wasn’t a real birth certificate.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Orly Taitz, an early leader of the movement to delegitimize Obama’s candidacy for the presidency, maintained that Obama’s long-form document is fraudulent — but she also said Romney should “absolutely” make his long-form certificate available, too.

When he was running for president, Obama signed on to a bill in the Senate that would make it clear that John McCain is eligible to be commander-in-chief — he was born outside the United States, in the Panama Canal Zone, when his father was in the Navy there.

Romney and Trump raised money together Tuesday night in Las Vegas, and the Obama campaign has hounded Romney for tying himself to the billionaire real estate mogul.

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Romney Says He Needs Donald Trump’s Support Despite Birther Views

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney did not distance himself from Donald Trump on Monday, despite the reality TV and real estate mogul’s continued skepticism about President Obama’s birth certificate.

A top Romney adviser said recently that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee believes Obama was born in the United States and the validity of his birth certificate, which has been released by the White House, should not be a campaign issue.

When asked about Trump’s remarks last week questioning whether Obama was born in the United States, Romney said he doesn’t agree with everything his supporters believe, but in the coming election he’ll need their support.

“You know I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters on an airplane before taking off for a campaign appearance Tuesday in Colorado and Las Vegas.  “But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

In an interview with The Daily Beast last week, Trump pointed to old promotional material for Obama’s publisher that listed the president as being born in Kenya.

“A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book, he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia.  His mother never spent a day in the hospital,” Trump told The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove.

Romney is scheduled to appear with Trump in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

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'Birthers' Still Doubtful Despite Obama's Birth Certificate

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Whether it's Donald Trump or the Arizona secretary of state, it's clear that there are people who will never be convinced that President Obama was born in Hawaii.  And thanks to recent movements in the Republican Party, Democrats may have an opportunity to tie these nonbelievers to Mitt Romney.

The birther "controversy" reignited this week in Arizona.  There, secretary of state Ken Bennett had asked Hawaii to verify Obama's birth certificate -- the long-form document that the president released last year in response to demands by reality TV host Donald Trump.  A key detail: Bennett is the co-chairman of Romney's campaign in Arizona.

Hawaii told Bennett that the birth certificate was real, and Bennett, apparently satisfied, declared the matter closed.

Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney, responded by pointing to Romney's previous quotes about Obama's citizenship (Romney thinks Obama was born in the United States).  But when asked if it was inappropriate for Bennett to investigate the matter altogether, Saul didn't respond.

Some liberals have parodied Bennett's effort by asking him to investigate Romney's birth certificate from Michigan.  Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Bennett, said the office is considering the request.

"Right now, we are determining whether or not that's necessary, and it's under consideration," Roberts said.

Democrats also revived Trump's flirtations with birthers on Thursday, as Romney announced a contest to share a meal with the real estate mogul for a $3 donation to his campaign.  Trump famously crusaded against Obama's claims of citizenship last year, creating a media frenzy that led the president to put his long-form birth certificate online for everyone to see.

"Once again Mitt Romney is failing the moral leadership test," Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Melanie Roussell said in a statement.  "Instead of rejecting Donald Trump's 'birther' conspiracy theories and divisive attacks, he's endorsing them by campaigning and fundraising with him.  Romney has shown time and again that he's not ready to have his John McCain 2008 type moment by speaking out against these types of attacks against the President.  This type of false and extremely divisive rhetoric has no place in the political discourse of our country and Mitt Romney should stand up against it instead of standing with Donald Trump to raise money for his campaign."

Newt Gingrich has tried again to distance himself from the birther movement.  Asked Thursday evening on MSNBC why some Republicans continue to beat the birther drum, Gingrich smiled and said, "Beats me."

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Arizona Secretary of State Satisfied with Obama Birth Documents

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The state of Hawaii has confirmed the birth of President Obama in the state, so now his supporters in Arizona who wish to vote for him will get their chance.  Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who earlier this month threatened to keep the president off the Arizona ballot and called for more information about the president's birth certificate, said Wednesday that Hawaii had provided the confirmation he was seeking.

"Late yesterday, our office received the 'verification in-lieu of certified copy' from officials within the Hawaii Department of Health that we requested in March.  They have officially confirmed that the information in the copy of the Certificate of Live Birth for the President matches the original record in their files," Bennett said in a statement Wednesday.

Birthers believe President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen and have sparked debate about his eligibility to be president.  Bennett has insisted that he is not a birther, but defended his request Wednesday, saying that it was his "responsibility to certify the ballot to the state's 15 counties."

"At the request of numerous constituents, I merely asked Hawaiian officials to verify the information contained within President Obama's original both certificate.  They have complied with the request and I consider the matter closed," Bennett said.

Bennett has not confirmed whether he will request a formal verification of presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's Michigan birth certificate.

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GOP Lawmaker Stokes ‘Birther’ Drama

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Cliff Stearns, a senior Republican investigating the White House’s Solyndra energy loan guarantee, told reporters Tuesday that he is still not convinced that President Obama’s birth certificate is valid.

“I am, shall we say, looking at all the evidence,” Stearns, R-Fla., said at the Capitol Tuesday, just weeks after he waded back into the debate during a town hall meeting with constituents last month.

In April 2011, the White House released President Obama’s long-form birth certificate to the public, showing that he was born in Hawaii and is a U.S. citizen, but skeptics from the so-called “birther” movement have continued to question his eligibility for the presidency.

When Stearns met with his constituents on Feb. 25 in Belleview, Fla., one man insisted that the president was not born in the United States and should be impeached. Stearns then asked the audience, “Is it legitimate?” -- drawing the score of the White House.

Last week Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s communications director, called into question the legitimacy of Stearns’ Solyndra investigation into the Energy Department’s $535 million loan guarantee to the now bankrupt energy company, considering his concerns over whether the president is a natural born citizen. Stearns is the chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee.

“One of the GOP members leading the Solyndra investigation is a birther, which raises all sorts of questions,” Pfeiffer tweeted. But last week, Stearns’ spokesman Paul Flusche told ABC News the story was “old news” and he had no further no comment on the issue.

But that did not stop Stearns from weighing in again Tuesday.

Asked if he thinks the president’s birth certificate is authentic, Stearns suggested the issue is not settled for him personally yet, as first reported by The Hill and Roll Call. Before coming to a conclusion, Stearns says he is awaiting the results of another independent investigation by Maricopa County [Ariz.] Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who claims he has proof the birth certificate is a “computer-generated forgery.”

Flusche did not respond to an ABC News request seeking an explanation of the Florida Republican’s latest comments.

The president’s father’s birthplace in Kenya was the basis of unfounded claims that he was born in Kenya, not the U.S. The Constitution stipulates only natural born citizens are eligible for the presidency.

Among the documents distributed last year by the White House were the president’s “long form” birth certificate and correspondence between the White House counsel and the state of Hawaii. Obama’s personal attorney, Judith Corley, flew to Hawaii to pick up the original certified copies and carry them back to the White House. The certificate of live birth includes the original, handwritten signatures of Obama’s mother Ann Dunham Obama, the attending doctor, and the local registrar. The verified document also reveals the location of Obama’s birth to be Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu.

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Obama Birth Certificate May Be Forged, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Says

The White House(MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz.) -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., said Thursday that he and his investigators have evidence that President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery. He also raised questions about the authenticity of Obama's selective service registration, though critics quickly accused him of pandering for votes.

"We believe probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed, not only in President Obama's long-form birth certificate, but more disturbing evidence suggests that another fraud may have been committed regarding his selected service registration card," Arpaio, 79, said at a press conference. "Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic."

The findings come after a six-month investigation by Arpaio's Cold Case Posse, a group of volunteers, many of whom have backgrounds in law enforcement.

"My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House," Arpaio said.

Arpaio's investigators said the issue they are most concerned with is that the "date stamp and registrar's stamp appear to have been imported from unknown outside sources."

Arpaio said he decided to undertake the investigation last August after members of the Tea Party asked him to do so. However, some critics say the tough-talking Arizona sheriff is using it as a way to distract from his own legal problems as he seeks a sixth term in office.

Arpaio faces a federal grand jury investigation on criminal abuse-of-power allegations; the Justice Department has accused him of racial profiling Latinos. And there has been an accusation that hundreds of sex-crime cases were inadequately investigated by his department.

Obama's birth certificate has been called into question many times during his political career. Last April the White House released copies of it in an attempt to quiet conspiracy theorists after Donald Trump questioned whether the president was born in the U.S., as the Constitution requires.

In response to Arpaio's press conference Thursday, Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the Obama campaign, tweeted a link to watch the live feed of Arpaio's announcement. The link actually led to the theme song from The X-Files, a TV show that played heavily on conspiracy theories.

Coincidentally, Arpaio's press conference also came on the same day Obama's campaign unveiled its new Facebook timeline. At the very bottom of the page it reads "Born on August 4, 1961. Made in the USA." The post is accompanied by a photo of a coffee mug with Obama's birth certificate on it.

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Jon Huntsman: ‘I Cringe’ When Rick Perry Goes Birther

LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jon Huntsman has a stark warning for Rick Perry on his apparently playful suggestion that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States: Don’t go there.

On ABC’s Top Line Wednesday, the former Utah governor said Perry is in danger of alienating independent voters by wrongly suggesting that there’s doubt about the president’s birth status.

“When I see one of my colleagues, Gov. Perry, who starts talking about birtherism again, I cringe.  I say, as a party if we are going to win this election we have to focus on the issues that are germane for the American family,” Huntsman said.  “That’s expanding the economy, that’s jobs, that’s our position in the world.  And when we get off on those fringe issues, we lose the independents in particular.  The independents are looking for a home, and the independents largely are gonna drive the outcome of the election.”

“They hear some of that chatter, some of that nonsensical talk, and it causes them to turn and walk away.  And we can’t afford to have that happen,” he added.  “It’s been settled folks.  It’s been settled: The president is a citizen of the United States.  I mean, how much more do we have to talk about it?  Let’s move on to the real issues of the day.”

Huntsman said that while he’ll commit to supporting whoever wins the Republican nomination, “of course” the GOP can still lose to Obama.

“If we take our eye off the ball called debt, if we take our eye off the ball called our position in the world -- continue going with you know, two wars simultaneously -- of course we can lose it," he said.  "And if we kind of begin wasting time on the nonsensical and the silly issues like birtherism…”

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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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Does Rick Perry Question Obama's Birthplace?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Gov. Rick Perry opened speculation about whether he is a birther after he gave an unclear answer to the question about President Obama’s birth place in Sunday’s Parade Magazine.

Perry called it a “distractive issue” but gave no definitive answer concerning what he believes, only mentioning he had dinner with Donald Trump, who still doubts the authenticity of the birth certificate provided by the Obama administration last April, according to Perry.

When Perry was asked what he thought of the birth certificate, he answered, “I don’t have any idea.”

A spokesman for Perry said his answer on the matter was very clear.

Trump, who is being courted by nearly every Republican presidential candidate, led a crusade last April to force President Obama to disclose his long form birth certificate amidst accusations he was not born in this country.

Here's the full exchange of the interview:

-- Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
Perry: I have no reason to think otherwise.

-- That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he…”
Perry: Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

-- But you’ve seen his.
Perry: I don’t know. Have I?

-- You don’t believe what’s been released?
Perry: I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

-- And?
Perry: That came up.

-- And he said?
Perry: He doesn’t think it’s real.

-- And you said?
Perry: I don’t have any idea.  It doesn’t matter.  He’s the President of the United States.  He’s elected.  It’s a distractive issue.

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2012 Presidential Contender Donald Trump Tumbles in New Poll

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has often watched his personal fortunes go up and down, so why should his political fortunes be any different?

The real estate mogul and reality TV host was riding high for a while as a possible Republican presidential nominee on the strength of his argument that President Obama might not have been born in the U.S., thus making him constitutionally ineligible to hold national office.

On April 15, a Public Policy Polling survey showed Trump leading all GOP competitors with 26 percent popularity, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee far back in second place with 17 percent followed by a group of other potential candidates.

Then something happened.  Namely, the president released the original copy of his birth certificate, showing he was indeed born in Honolulu, Hawaii in August of 1961.

While some hard-core "birthers" might not have been convinced, apparently enough of them were to send Trump's latest poll numbers plummeting.

Huckabee leads the pack now with 19 percent, with the runners-up Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.  Trump is now tied with Texas Congressman Ron Paul for fifth place, with eight percent.

Being made fun of at the White House Correspondent's Dinner by the president, as well as recent questions about his past business dealings, have also knocked some of the shine off the Trump brand.

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