HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared Wednesday on MSNBC's 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' to discuss the President's release of his "long form" birth certificate.
"I think what prompted the White House to move, and I know this from talking to them, in part is the fact that polls came out at the beginning of the last week and then all of last week showing that not just Republicans but that some independent voters...were starting to pay a little bit of attention to this," said Fineman.
Fineman also explained that the President wanted the press to stop paying so much attention to the birth certificate issue.
Elaborating on the White House's decision to release the document, Fineman said, "it got to be such a big thing because of the blowtorch of Donald Trump, and because it was getting into the polls, they once again had no choice."
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