08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Roy Blunt: Obama Birth Certificate A "Legitimate Question" (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Roy Blunt has confirmed that he does believe Obama is a U.S. citizen. "Of course he does," Rich Chrismer, the spokesman for Blunt's Senate camapign, said.

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UPDATE: Roy Blunt's office is not responding to questions about the congressman's birth certificate comments.

Asked by The Plum Line about the strange interaction, Blunt's spokesman said the video was selectively edited.

"We encourage this blog to release the video of the entire interview instead of the edited version," Chismer told me.

When I asked Chismer directly whether Blunt believes Obama is legitimately the president, Chismer didn't directly answer, instead repeating: "We're encouraging the blog to release the entire interview."

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As leaders in the party try to distance themselves from "birthers," more Republican lawmakers are joining the party's fringe in questioning President Obama's legitimacy.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has joined onto a bill requiring all future presidential candidates to make their birth certificates available. And Mike Stark of FireDogLake, who has been chasing down Republicans on Capitol Hill and asking them about the issue, got Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a likely Senate candidate in 2010, to make some pretty bold comments.

"What I don't know is why the president can't produce a birth certificate," Blunt said. "I don't know anybody else that can't produce one. And I think that that's a legitimate question -- no health records, no birth certificate."


Of course, Obama has produced his birth certificate. Reporters have seen and touched the document itself and confirmed its veracity. State officials in Hawaii checked as recently as this week and concluded once again that the president's birth certificate is real. When Stark pointed out that Chris Matthews had held a copy of the document up on MSNBC, Blunt responded, "Take it up with Chris Matthews."

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