Romney talks about Obama’s birth certificate again
London: A social policy debate has dogged Mitt Romney’s campaign message, but he caused his own distraction Friday when he dredged up the conspiracy over President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Romney had aimed to roll into the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida next week touting his business credentials, pushing party unity and convincing voters he was more capable of turning the economy around than the current president.
Speaking in Michigan about his and his wife’s roots in the state, Romney told a campaign crowd: “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
Many in the crowd of about 10,000 cheered and applauded, but it was an awkward link to a long-standing conspiracy fueled by right-wing conservatives who question whether Obama was born in the United States. But he was sideswiped by a debate on rape and abortion this week after Todd Akin said a woman’s body could prevent pregnancy in the case of “legitimate rape.”
Romney led Republican calls for Akin to bow out of his Senate race, but the Missouri congressman’s refusal has left party leaders fighting perceptions of weakness and internal division over issues like abortion. On Thursday, Romney returned to his economic plan by unveiling an energy platform aiming to boost US oil and gas production, but his latest birth certificate quip again muddled the message.