Romney: Obama Was Born Here, Period


romneyMitt Romney forcefully said Tuesday night that he believes President Barack Obama was born in America and that “the citizenship test has been passed.”

“I think the citizenship test has been passed. I believe the president was born in the United States. There are real reasons to get this guy out of office,” Romney told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow the day after he formally announced that he’s exploring a run for the White House. “The man needs to be taken out of office but his citizenship isn’t the reason why.”

Kudlow asked Romney about the issue because Donald Trump – the billionaire real estate mogul – has been all over TV questioning whether Obama was really born in in the United States and is therefore constitutionally allowed to hold the nation’s highest office. Trump’s claims have driven the “birther” issue back into the national spotlight – and a recent Fox News poll found that 24 percent of voters believe Obama wasn’t born in the United States, while 10 percent aren’t sure.

In the wide-ranging interview with Kudlow – Romney’s first TV appearance and press interview since announcing his exploratory committee – the former Masachusetts governor stood up for his record on health care, taxes and other issues.

Despite Kudlow’s often combative questioning, Romney stuck relentlessly to his economy-and-job-creation message, refusing to criticize Ben Bernanke even as the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy has become a frequent target on the right.

“I think Ben Bernanke is a student of monetary policy; he’s doing as good a job as he thinks he can do,” Romney said when Kudlow asked what kind of job Bernanke is doing. “I’m not going to spend my time going after Ben Bernanke. I’m not going to spend my time focusing on the Federal Reserve.”

Kudlow’s tough questioning on health care came on the five-year anniversary of Romney’s enactment of a sweeping overhaul in Massachusetts. Democrats have been holding celebratory parties and events to “thank” Romney for enacting what they call a model for national reform.

“I’m very happy that the Democrats are celebrating,” Romney said. “Not one Democrat called me and said, ‘OK, what did you do in Massachusetts, what would you do again, what would you do differently?’

“I would have said what you’re putting in place in the nation is unconstitutional, it’s bad law, it will not work,” he added.

Romney again offered what has become his standard defense of the plan: “One thing I learned is this, which is that you don’t take ideas from a state and try to impose them on a whole nation.”

{Politico/ Newscenter}


  1. Good for Mr. Romney. This is the first move by a GOP candidate that speaks of integrity and human kindness among the traits of trust and benevolence. So Mr. Romney, you look to me to be a fair person with the true issues as your platform and not the schtuss of propeganda and the heresy of narcissism as your pilot. I am not ready to vote in 2012 though I am now a liberal democrat, but that said, your integrity on this matter is worth noting and I wish you the best in the years ahead. Thanks.

  2. Romney’s saying this beacause he was born in Mexico while his parents (Who are Mormons not x-stians) were on a mission there. He doesn’t want us investigating anyone’s birth certificate. Neither does Huckabee. I wonder where he was born?

  3. oh Paleez, Mr. Romney, why should webeleive you just because YOU happen to BELIEVE he was born here??? oh, yes, arent you the one who trashed youur state with romneycare???

  4. Re 2: how come this didn’t come out a few years ago?

    Maybe they just want to distance themselves from the birthers. Good for them.

  5. The epitome of arrogance is when there is a huge contingency of doubters and without a scintilla of evidence a man announces the conclusion. Romney has never seen the birth certificate and for him to announce something like that belies a religious worship of Obama by Mitt. I’ve never seen G-d but he exists, period. That’s called religion. Not analysis. So it’s either a religious view that mitt has on this, an arrogant view or both.