EXCLUSIVE: Bill Clinton Calls 'Birther' Doubts About Obama's Citizenship 'Ludicrous'
Continuing outcry by "birthers" -- a small but vocal movement which questions whether President Barack Obama was actually born on U.S. soil -- could possibly end up hurting the Republican party, former President Bill Clinton said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
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Watch: Michelle Obama Stops by 'Oprah'A recent poll indicates that 51 percent of Republicans who will vote in the 2012 presidential elections don't believe Obama was born in the United States. Obama -- who is expected to announce his re-election campaign today -- so far has done little to fight back against the erroneous claims, but Clinton thinks that will change.
"I think he will fight back," the former president said, "but I think one of the elementary rules of combat is you don't want to get in your opponent's way if he's shooting himself in the foot ...."
Clinton on Birther Claim: 'Everyone Knows It's Ludicrous'
He pointed out that "a very different America" tended to show up to a presidential election than to a Congressional one.
"The economy will be better," he said, speaking of the next presidential election. "If I were them, I'd be really careful riding that birther horse too much. Everyone knows it's ludicrous."
The former president was speaking in an exclusive interview to Weekend "Good Morning America" anchor Bianna Golodgrya Sunday in San Diego. The interview touched on the U.S. economy, obesity and the civil war in Libya.
Clinton said he believed the U.S. should consider arming the rebels who were fighting against Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
"I think that for the United States to be on the side of this freedom movement without implying that we have either interest or the capacity to send armed forces on the ground and to do everything is a good thing," Clinton said.
Speaking about what the scope of the U.S.'s role should be regarding intervention in Libya -- given that it gets relatively little oil from that country compared with some European nations which get far more, Clinton said he took "a broader view" of America's national interests.
"I think we're trying to build a world in which people resolve their differences in non-violent ways," he said. "And we're trying to build a world where no ruler can cavalierly kill its unarmed civilians."
The uprising in Libya started in February during a wave of social and political unrest in the Middle East. Fighting has escalated in key cities all across the country, but the rebels have found themselves outgunned by Gadhafi's forces, which are better equipped. Gadhafi's troops have been brutal.
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Here's a different view of Obama's birth certificate a rational argument on why we need to see it.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/04/ … _skin.html
Your definition of the term "rational" needs some work.
sorry it is a rational argument. why would someone (our president) not just showing? must be hiding something! continually people are putting in Law suites and instead of just ending this either an attorney has to show up at court or write a letter, why not just end it? seems logical to me.
Sorry, in the real world it isn't. The entire subject lacks rationality, except to the nutjob birthers.
I truly do not know how it is not a logical issue? You can not get a DL or passport with a certification paper! this is fact! maybe he showed a judge ..who knows but he never put a REAL LONGFORM Birth certificate. why hide? He must be hiding something just doesn't make sense to anyone with a brain...sorry
I do not understand why after what transpired that we do not have something in place for the next election? If Obama Veto's it than everyone will know. Let this slide and we will all know he has to produce for the 2012 election or he is off the ballot? that seems fair and simple. why hasn't any of these politicians do this?
Why don't we discuss something more timely..
Like the construction of the Panama Canal, Woman's suffrage or prohibition?
Or if sports are more to your liking, how many longballs do you think the Babe will knock out of the park this year?
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