Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Thursday morning that those who believe President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen or Christian should "take the president at his word," but the Minnesota congresswoman declined to categorically call the president a U.S.-born citizen.
Asked on ABC's "Good Morning America" about her personal views on Obama's birthplace and religion, Bachmann said she didn't deny the president's claims, but wouldn't provide any stronger endorsement.
"That isn't for me to state, that's for the president to state," Bachmann said, when asked if she would "state very clearly" that Obama was a Christian-American. "When the president makes his statements, I think they should stand for their own."
Asked again point-blank if she would "declare the president is a citizen, and he is a Christian," Bachmann dodged, moving on to talk about the stimulus.
Bachmann's name has been floated as a potential 2012 presidential candidate, but she said Thursday that she was "not there yet." In the meantime, her tack on this issue is similar to that of some Republican leaders.
When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was asked in an interview over the weekend if he was willing to "stand up" and denounce those who question Obama's citizenship, Boehner said he didn't share their beliefs, but that he wasn't going to impose his view on anybody else.
"It's not my job to tell the American people what to think," Boehner said. "Our job in Washington is to listen to the American people."
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