3 More N.C. GOP Candidates Doubt Obama's Birthplace
Long after the controversy over President Obama’s birthplace seemed settled, some Republican congressional candidates in North Carolina have brought new attention to the issue as they seek advantages in hard-fought primary races.
Richard Hudson, considered a leading Republican candidate in the race to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in the 8th Congressional District, told a Tea Party group in Rowan County recently that “there’s no question President Obama is hiding something on his citizenship.”
Dr. John Whitley, one of Hudson’s opponents in Tuesday’s primary, declared Obama’s birth certificate a “poorly reproduced forgery” after comparing it to the Hawaiian birth certificate of one of his campaign workers.
“There is a tremendous amount of smoke here,” Whitley said. “In fact, it’s called a smoke screen.”
George Hutchins, a candidate in District 4, is convinced the birth certificate is a forgery. He promises if elected in the fall to help lead an investigation of the birth certificate, regardless of whether Obama is re-elected or not. The Republican winner in the 4th will face Democrat David Price in the general election.
Critics have charged for years that Obama was born in Kenya, his father’s birthplace. The controversy peaked last year, leading the White House to release a detailed birth certificate that showed he was born Barack Hussein Obama II at 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu. Newspapers the next day listed Obama among the births at the hospital.
Top Republicans have declared the issue dead, and Obama hoped the debate was over. But apparently not in North Carolina.