POLITICS
08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Steele: Birth Certificate Conspiracy Is An "Unnecessary Distraction"

For the first time, RNC chair Michael Steele is sharply criticizing the birthers, condemning the movement is an "unnecessary distraction," reaffirming that the president is a "U.S. citizen," and stressing that it's time to move past debating Obama's "birth certificate."

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