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Pence, breaking with Trump, says Obama was born in America

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he walks with vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during a visit to the Canfield Fair, Monday, in Canfield, Ohio.

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana broke with his running mate, Donald Trump, on the issue of President Barack Obama’s birthplace today, proclaiming that he does not doubt that Obama was born in the United States.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, was one of the leaders of the so-called birther movement in recent years, questioning whether Obama was born on American soil and was eligible to be commander in chief. Though he has avoided the topic as a candidate, Trump has not acknowledged that Obama, who was born in Hawaii, is a natural born citizen and as recently as this week said “I don’t talk about it” when pressed.

But when asked about the issue on his campaign plane on Wednesday, Pence said he took the president at his word.

“I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii,” Pence said, according an NBC News report.

Noting that he disagrees with Obama on matters of policy, he added, “I accept his birthplace.”

The birther issue is one of several conspiracy theories Trump has entertained, including the suggestion that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the possibility that Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered.

Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent, regularly brings up Trump’s theories about Obama to make the case that he is discrediting the country’s first black president. Pence declined to say whether Trump should apologize for questioning Obama’s origins, according to NBC, offering only that Trump had a long history of outreach to African-Americans.

“I think Donald Trump’s record both as a businessman and as a political leader and a patron in supporting minority efforts, and particularly supporting the advancement of the African-American community, really speaks for itself,” Pence said.

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  • Uhhh, little Barry is exiting stage left in about 4 months. How is this relevant now? As the article states, Trump hasn’t even spoken of this since he shamed Barry into producing a “genuine” Hawaii birth certificate. By the way, Barry has a social security number that would not have been issued in Hawaii but that’s another story. Another example of the left wing digging deep in a juvenile and desperate attempt to discredit Trump. Where’s Waldo? Hope she has her coughing spasms under control for the debates.

    • yes, let’s examine things Hillary has said and done in the past with a microscope, but if Trump says something repeatedly between 2011 and 2014 we should just ignore it because he hasn’t said anything about it recently, especially if people in his own campaign disagree with it. let’s just pretend it never happened! The fact that Trump’s own running mate disagrees with something that was THE FOUNDATION of Trump’s previous near-candidacy for the presidency is totally not important, I guess. In fact, let’s just never question anything Trump says or has said.

      Never change, dude…

    • This is relevant because it illustrates the many unfounded insinuations and outright lies that have been told by trump. I’m sure his supporters would like everyone to forget the things he has said, as much have been exposed as lies. As for why trump has not spoken about the birther controversy, he clearly does not want to embarrass himself further. As for any social security number you think you know, has the president said he got it in hawaii?

    • LOL… exactly how do you know his SSN? Please provide everyone your SSN to prove you are who you say you are. Are you able to provide everyone your birth certificate to prove you are even an American citizen?

  • But, but, he was not born in America. America is a continent that includes three countries, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Obama was born n Kapiolani hospital on Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands.

    At the time he was born in Hawaii, The United States claimed sovereignty over these Islands soo — He was born in the United States, but not on the American continent.

    • Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, part of the United States of America, aka “America.” So he was born in America, the country. He was not born in the continent of North America.

      The song “America, the Beautiful” is not about Mexico or Canada or any of the Central or South American countries. It’s about the country America.

  • I’m surprised Pence actually said something contradicting Trump. They picked the right guy to be Trump’s running mate. He’s such an amazingly consistent Yes Man, it’s almost laughable.

    One day, he might say “No, man” to Trump. Has any presidential candidate ever won without a VP running mate?

        • My comment that is being moderated was. The Chumps biggest disadvantage is hie loose mouth.he says stupid things that sooner or later he’ll have to eat down the road.

        • Your message got completely lost in the moderation delay . Can you repeat it again? As if anyone cares.

        • The moderating bot here is overly sensitive. I think even the word “d.u.m.b” sets the bot off. That word comes to mind quite often when reading articles about Trump, and my posts end up being “moderated” a lot.

          To the SA’s credit, they do often allow the post to appear after a few hours. Some boards never clear a post once it’s moderated.

  • Mr. Pence, unfortunately for him, is watching his lifetime of public service get swallowed up in the growing sewage stain of the Trump campaign. If he wants any chance to salvage what he built over the years, he should just resign now from the campaign.

    It’s a terrible way to ruin decades of service.

    • Can’t imagine why any serious politician would want to be linked to a guy who runs around ranting conspiracy theories like the birther thing. Then while marveling at Pence’s unblinking support of almost anything Trump says, I noticed how Nazi-like he looks. Apologies to Gov. Pence if he isn’t a Nazi-like sympathizer, but just saying…

  • Just a dumb question. If Obama was not born in the United State, are we all going to be considered illegal aliens if we were born in Hawaii? Would Trump give Hawaii back to the Hawaiians? Or are we going to be deported to what country?

  • Pence, belatedly realizing his gubernatorial reelection bid would’ve been a cakewalk compared to this, tries desperately (but in vain) to put some daylight between himself and Drumpf.

  • LOL… exactly how do you know his SSN? Please provide everyone your SSN to prove you are who you say you are. Are you able to provide everyone your birth certificate to prove you are even an American citizen?

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