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Greg Sargent: Mitt Romney’s Birther Joke

Mitt Romney’s birther joke:

On the trail just now in Michigan, Mitt Romney made a birther funny: Romney:

I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised. Where both of us were born...No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.

The Obama campaign quickly put out a response….

Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.

The Romney campaign is trying to shut down the story right now, releasing statements claiming that Romney has always maintained Obama was born in the United States and that Romney was merely making a paean to his birthplace. Of course Romney fully believes Obama was born in the United States…. [T]hat’s the point — he’s still willing to dabble in birther humor… to rev up his base… for a cheap laugh…. [I]t looks to me like a major mistake. Coming just after days spent debating Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remark, this is again a reminder of the extreme voices in the GOP…. And it seems less than presidential… raise[s] questions about Romney’s judgment, temperament, and character. Wow.