Karl Rove: Birther Rumors Discredit GOP


karl-roveFormer Bush adviser Karl Rove is calling on GOP politicians to avoid falling into the “birther” movement trap and to stop fueling rumors that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.

“Within our party, we’ve got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight,” Rove said Wednesday night on Fox News.

“We need the leaders of our party to say, ‘Look, stop falling into the trap of the White House and focus on the real issues,'” he said. Spending time and energy on – and getting media attention for – comments about where the president was born is a distraction that discredits the lawmakers and candidates making the remarks, he said.

Rove said he thinks that the Obama administration relishes the continued existence of the birther movement because it distracts from how the president is handling policy issues. “Look, these guys may be lousy at governing … but they’re damn good at politics,” he said. “It fits into the White House theme line.”

A poll released earlier this week surveyed 400 Republican primary voters nationwide and found that 51 percent of them believe that Obama was born outside the United States, despite the state of Hawaii’s release of his birth certificate. Just 28 percent said he was born in the country and 21 percent said they were “not sure.”

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday on CNN that he has “a hard time believing that poll” and thinks “most people understand and accept the reality – the reality is that, yes, he was born in the United States.”

“We ought to get off this kick,” added Flake, who last week announced his intention to run for the seat held by retiring Sen. Jon Kyl. “There are plenty of differences we have with the president between Republicans and Democrats than to spend time on something like this.”

But some Republicans – including members of the House leadership – are falling right into the “trap” Rove says the White House has set.

In an ABC interview on Thursday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said “we should take the president at his word” on where he was born but wouldn’t definitively say that Obama was born in the country.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) made similar remarks last weekend, saying, “It’s not my job to tell the American people what to think,” though he himself believes Obama was born in Hawaii.

But Rove wants GOP presidential hopefuls to speak out. “If they’d step forward and say, ‘Look, we’ve got better things to talk about, then to fall into this trap that the White House has laid for us,’ this issue will start to go away.”

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  1. Karl Rove as smart as he is, is trying to ‘moderate’ himself by placing distance between him and the so called ‘birhers’

    His lumping together of ‘birthers’ and 9-11 deniers would be laughable if it weren’t so sad and pathetic.

    Most conservatives are NOT 9-11 deniers neither are most republicans. The truth of Obama’s birth exemplifies this administration’s attitude and approach to the Constitution and the Law of the land.

    If the president need not be Born in the US (or give VALID proof thereof), as required by article II of the Constitution, then congress can pass and ENFORCE laws which the sates deem unconstitutional. Furtheremore if Obamacare is ever taken to the Supreme Court and is passed by a majority of Justices, its legitimacy will still be challenged because the appointees i.e Sotomayor and Kagan were not appointed by a legitimate (US born) president. So then, it is vital for the sake of the country to establish Mr. Obama’s citizenship, immedialtely.

    What’s the big deal???
    get the birth certificate!…no not the short certificate which is just the registering of a baby AFTER the birth, but the so called ‘Long form’ witnessed by a hospital attendant/ Nurse. Everyone has one., Every state has written record and copies…

    Mr. Obama where is your birth certificate ? where were you born??

  2. just give it up Mr. Obama. as tou pastor jeremy wright says the rooster has come home to crow.
    we'[ve found out that your not american now it’s time to get out of the white house!