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Birther Breakaways


  What's with Gov. Bobby Jindal joining The Donald on the "birther" bandwagon? Jindal recently said he would sign a birther bill that was pre-filed by state Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, and Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, to require federal candidates in Louisiana to file an affidavit attesting to their citizenship. Each affidavit would have to include an "original or certified copy" of the candidate's birth certificate.

  The bill doesn't mention President Barack Obama or the birther movement specifically, but, well, you know.

  Jindal's announced support of Louisiana's birther bill got him national attention, which always seems to be his top priority, but it also put him at odds with a growing number of leading Republican conservatives — including several GOP presidential hopefuls:

  • Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2008, in February called the whole thing a distraction. "[T]he faith, the birth certificate, others can engage in that kind of conversation," Palin said. "It's distracting. It gets annoying, and let's just stick with what really matters."

  • Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, says, "If there was any shred of truth to it, Hillary Clinton and her wonderful investigative opposition research machine would have found it and would have used it. For Republicans to even be bringing it up, I think it's a waste of energy and time."

  • Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, said in March, "I, for one, do not believe we should be raising that issue. I think President Obama was born in the United States."

  • Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, says, "I think the citizenship test has been passed. I believe the president was born in the United States. The man needs to be taken out of office, but his citizenship isn't the reason why."

  • U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman, a rabid conservative and founder of the congressional Tea Party Caucus, said last week that she's prepared to "move on" from questions about the president's birthplace. "Case closed," she said on Good Morning America when host George Stephanopoulos showed her a copy of Obama's certification of live birth with a seal and the signature of the Hawaiian state registrar.

  • Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, who reportedly keeps a Confederate flag in his office, says, "I just accept at face value that the president was born where he says he was."

  Even Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who never shrinks from criticizing Obama, has taken The Donald to task for grandstanding on the birther issue. O'Reilly said Trump was just using the issue to keep himself in the news. Perhaps the same could be said for Jindal.

  Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former director of Hawaii's Department of Health, told NBC he has reviewed Obama's birth certificate more than once but that birthers will never be satisfied. "It's kind of ludicrous at this point," Fukino says. — Clancy DuBos

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