Cuccinelli responds to “birther” conversation
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is responding to an audio recording of him during the campaign where he discusses the issue of President Barack Obama‘s place of birth. The recording, first posted on the liberal blog “Not Larry Sabato” features then candidate Cuccinelli in discussion with an unidentified person, where they discuss the issue and if there is anything he could do if elected Attorney General.
As you might imagine, the highly charged debate over the President’s place of birth is not necessarily a mainstream school of thought. The mere insinuation by a candidate or office holder becomes fodder for Liberals, looking to paint conservatives as just part of a lunatic fringe. As a result, many prominent Conservatives have begun campaigns to eliminate the issue as a talking point among advocates on the right.
It is enough of a distraction that the Attorney General felt it prudent to release a statement emphatically stating his belief that Mr. Obama was indeed born in the United States.
Here is the Attorney General’s official statement:
“I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don’t buy into the claims that he wasn’t. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical
legal answer in response.
“As I said previously, this issue was not a part of my campaign, and it is not part of what I am doing
now as attorney general.” – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
The question now is, will this be enough to put this behind Cuccinelli? The story has already been linked on a number of prominent national outlets, including (but not limited to) Politico, Huffington Post, Politics Daily and the Talking Points Memo.
Here is my story from Monday night on this topic on NBC12.com.