Palin Enthusiastic?

by Matthew Shaffer


Yesterday, the editors of the New York Times wrote:

Yes, Sarah Palin, who was an enthusiastic “birther,” has decided that the supposed issue of Mr. Obama’s citizenship is, as she put it the other day, “a distraction.” 

The editors imply that Sarah Palin was backtracking from prior birther advocacy during her speech on Long Island on Thursday, in which she said, “It’s distracting. It gets annoying. Let’s stick with what really matters.”

The claim that Sarah Palin was once a “birther” seems to stem from a December 3, 2009 appearance on the Rusty Humphries show. She was asked if she would make an issue of the president’s birth certificate if she were to run for president and replied, “I think the public might make it an issue, I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because members of the public want answers.” When asked if she thought it was fair to ask the question, she said, “I think it’s a fair question, just like past associations, and voting records. All of that is fair game.”

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