Fox News contributor Karl Rove critiqued Texas Gov. Rick Perry Monday for comments he made in a recent Parade Magazine interview suggesting that Perry wasn't sure if President Barack Obama was really born in the United States.
Rove, a former George W. Bush adviser who has clashed with Perry for more than a decade, said the Republican presidential candidate made the comments to garner the support of businessman Donald Trump, who led a campaign that called on Obama to release his long-form birth certificate earlier this year.
"You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself," Rove said Monday morning on Fox News. "And I know he went and he's trying to cultivate--as all of them are--Donald Trump, in order to get his endorsement, but this is not the way to go about doing it, because it starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election.
"There's a simple answer: yes, he was born in the United States, yes, he is eligible to serve, and don't associate yourself with sort of this nutty fringe group," he added.
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In the Parade interview, Perry replied to a question about Obama's U.S. citizenship by saying that he didn't "have a definitive answer." Perry went on to question the authenticity of the documents Obama revealed months ago that proved his Hawaiian birthplace.
(Via The Hill)
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