Palin And Rove Defend President Obama’s Citizenship And Religion
President Obama, whose citizenship and religion have been questioned, is picking up some interesting defenders on those issues.
Sarah Palin and Karl Rove.
“Those are distractions,” Palin said yesterday in New York. “What we’re concerned about is the economy. And we’re concerned about the policies coming out of (Obama’s) administration.”
The questions about Obama’s birth certificate and the claims that he is secretly a Muslim are “annoying,” Palin added, in another sign that Republicans in general are becoming increasingly uneasy about the more extreme claims regarding the president.
“Let’s just stick with what really matters,” Palin said.
Palin’s comments came after former George W. Bush political adviser Karl Rove urged Republicans to distance themselves from conspiracy theorists, whether they involve Obama or others.
”Within our party, we’ve got to be very careful about allowing these people who are the birthers and the 9/11-deniers to get too high a profile and say too much without setting the record straight,” Rove said on Fox News.
There seems to be a rising sentiment among Republicans that the “birthers” are hurting their party.
“Barack Obama is a citizen of the country,” said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaking on CNN. “We ought to get off this kick. There are plenty of differences we have with the president between Republicans and Democrats than to spend time on something like this.”