Bloomberg: ‘Birther’ Issue ‘A Terrible Mistake’ for GOP Candidates


obama-bloombergNew York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said if Republicans continue to focus on the issue of whether President Obama was born in the U.S. instead of housing and the economy it will cost them electorally.

Bloomberg said on “Fox News Sunday” the American public is primarily concerned with being able to hold onto their jobs and wants Congress to focus on immigration, the debt and the economy, not a futile quest to prove the president was born abroad.

“I think Republicans are making a terrible mistake in making this a big issue,” Bloomberg said with regards to birthers, prefacing his remarks by clarifying that President Obama was born in the U.S.

“My girlfriend always says that it’s all about housing an jobs. My house, my job. That’s what the public cares about. And if the Republican party doesn’t start addressing that they will lose and they deserve to.”

The incorrect “birther” argument, which began during the 2008 campaign, has been brought back into the spotlight largely by Donald Trump, the reality TV star who is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

But Bloomberg said it’s not about Trump. “I’m a friend of Donald Trump’s — he is a New York icon,” the mayor said. “This birther issue is more than one person. There are a lot of roots that have glommed on to this.”

With regard to immigration reform Bloomberg argued lawmakers should embrace immigration along with a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. He said it would be unrealistic to deport all illegal residents, so instead lawmakers should find a way to make them more productive in the U.S. economy.

“Slamming our thumb with a hammer because it feels good when we stop is a nice thing to talk about but it’s not very good policy,” Bloomberg said.

“You’re not going to solve the problem Chris by yelling and screaming at those people. They came here, they broke the law, and let me tell you this country encouraged them to come here and made sure that we didn’t stop them,” he added, arguing illegal workers were welcomed by relatives and industries seeking workers.

The Mayor argued New York’s economy is thriving in part because of the influence of immigrants and said cities like Detroit are attempting to recruit more immigrants to recover some lost population.

When asked if he is planning to run for president, Bloomberg replied with a definitive “no.”

{The Hill/ Newscenter}


  1. Even though I hate him (because G-D hates him). He’s right that they should only focus on the ecconmy. Not the fact the he was born in Kenya.

  2. Nice Guy is confused. Nice Guys don’t hate. Nice guy did not even make it clear who in the article he hates, Bloomberg, Obama, or Trump or Chris. (Perhaps all, if he knows who G-D hates and who is not hated)

    Nice Guy is victim to a massive joke on the GOP. Both the Republican (Jewish) and Democratic governors of Hawaii have stated Obama’s certificate of live birth proves his birth in Hawaii. Even a wing-nuts like Michele Bachman and Eric Cantor agree.

    Time to focus on other things, like what have the House Republicans done about creating jobs (bupkis) and about improving health care coverage (also bupkis)?

  3. Hey Mike, we don’t need your dumb advice! You’re not running because your approval #’s are in the toilit! Everyone dislikes you, & for good reason. The commentor above who said G-d hates Bloomberg is right! G-d hates him because he trying to use his power & influence to push for legalizing same sex marriage, what G-d say’s in our holy Torah is called an “obamination”!

  4. If tippish Bloomberg doesn’t like it then it must be GOOD!!!!

    Bloomberg, You are a DemoRat registered as an Independent. Don’t give advice to Republicans. They can manage without your narishkeit.

  5. #4: that’s exactly why He does hate him – Hashem gives the reshoim all their needs in Olam Hazeh, in order to kick them out of Olam Habba – famous Chazal