Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) was on a Texas radio station yesterday where here explained his support a Republican floated bill which would mandate that all presidential candidates file birth certificates with the Federal Election Commission. When asked about Obama about Obama’s citizenship he said, “I don’t know.” Perhaps he needs to visit FactCheck.org.
Here is the audio courtesy of Think Progress:
Neugebauer was asked about the birth certificate bill. He said, “You know that is a Constitutional requirement, and when office holders go whether it is a city council, or a state rep or a United States congressman, there are certain requirements that they must meet, and you know there was some question in the last election, about both candidates, so why not just have that candidate furnish documentation that says that this particular individual is a natural born citizen and then all of these questions aren’t lurking out there. It doesn’t apply to the last election. Some people think it is a bill to throw out Barack Obama, it’s not. It’s saying in the next presidential election let’s make sure that presidential candidates meet the Constitutional requirement.”
When asked if he thought Obama was a U.S. citizen, Neugebauer relied on the tried and true birther excuse, “I don’t know I have never seen him produce documents that would say one way or another.”
Neugebauer really needs to visit FactCheck.org, which wrote that, “We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.”
The fact is that Obama’s birth certificate is not hidden. It is in his Chicago office. The reason why Rep. Neugebauer has never seen any evidence is because he doesn’t want to see the truth. The birther bill is going nowhere, because even if the bill was passed, conspiracy theorists would find some other way to doubt Obama’s citizenship. FactCheck also has high resolution photos of the Obama birth certificate. The birther bill is pointless and unnecessary. It is nothing more than a way to keep a conspiracy theory alive.