Growing list of lawmakers, talkers questioning eligibility of presidentThe ultimate question unaddressed to date: Is Obama a natural-born citizen, and, if so, why hasn't documentation been provided? And, of course, if he is not, what does it mean to the 2008 election or the U.S. Constitution if it is revealed that there has been a violation?
Posted: February 04, 2010 ~ 11:45 pm Eastern
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Tennessee state Senate speaker and gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey has joined the growing ranks of officials and prominent commentators who say they are unsure of whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen.
Ramsey was asked Feb. 2 about the issue by Maclin Davis, a former state lawmaker and attorney for the state GOP, the Associated Press reported.
"I don't know whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States or not," Ramsey responded. "I don't know what the whole deal is there."
However, Ramsey added that he doesn't believe citizens are concerned about Obama's citizenship status.
"But I'm going to tell you something," he said. "When you walk out on the street down here, people don't really care about this issue."
He said dwelling on the issue of whether Obama is eligible to hold office distracts from the Republican message on jobs, education and fiscal conservatism.
"When we get off on sidelines like that, that's when people say 'aw,' they close their ears and don't listen," Ramsey said. "I'm not saying you're not right, Mac, I'm not saying you're not right – but that's not how you win elections."
According to the report, Ramsey acknowledged that he might be causing some apprehension among his political staff for even addressing the eligibility issue.
"I've got a table full of advisers sitting over there, and they'll probably start cringing right about now when I start talking about some of this stuff," he said.
Ramsey is just the latest addition to a long line of lawmakers and prominent personalities who have questioned Obama's citizenship status or asked why he hasn't released a birth certificate.
As WND reported, Democrats plan to raise the issue of Obama's eligibility to occupy the Oval Office during this year's U.S. Senate races.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief Robert Menendez has distributed a memo to U.S. Senate campaign offices stating Democrats need to demand that their opponents answer a series of questions, including, "Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen?"
WND has also reported efforts to raise the question of Obama's eligibility at the state and national levels. Several state legislatures are working on proposals that would require presidential candidates to submit proof of their eligibility. Among the states where election qualification or eligibility requirements are being considered or developed include Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Virginia, New York and others.
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