Mitt Romney: No One Ever Ask Me for My Birth Certificate... Unlike Obama

Mitt Romney: No One Ever Ask Me for My Birth Certificate... Unlike Obama

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At a campaign stop in Commerce, Michigan, Mitt Romney makes a point of saying that no one has ever asked to see his birth certificate because everyone knows where he was born.

"Now, I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

The implication here is that people have asked Barack Obama for his birth certificate because they have legitimate questions about where he was born and raised. In saying this, then, Mitt Romney is aligning himself with the "Birthers," a movement of conservatives and Republicans who are convinced that there has been a vast conspiracy to hid Barack Obama's foreign birth and who claim that, therefore, Obama was never legitimately elected president.

Mitt Romney is lying, though, when he says that no one has ever asked him for his birth certificate. Joan Vennochi, a reporter for The Boston Globe, did just that in order to find out if his full name was Willard Milton Romney or not. Republicans make a big deal about Obama's middle name, but not Romney's. They have launched big shows of investigating Obama's birth certificate, but not Romney's.

The entire Birther movement exists because of conservative xenophobia: Barack Obama has dark skin, had a white mother, had a black father, and was raised for a while outside America. Mitt Romney is trying to capitalize on that while deflecting attention away from the things which happen to make him different from the mainstream.

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