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GOP’s Ramsey asked about Obama citizenship

GOP’s Ramsey asked about Obama citizenship

Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:01 pm
By: AP

 

NASHVILLE (AP) — State Senate speaker and gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey said Tuesday he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen, but that it’s not an issue that voters care about. Ramsey was asked after a speech to a Republican group about his views on the president’s citizenship by Maclin Davis, a former state lawmaker and attorney for the state GOP. “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. “But I’m going to tell you something. When you walk out on the street down here, people don’t really care about this issue.” Focusing on issues like the president’s citizenship distracts from the Republican message on jobs, education and fiscal conservatism, Ramsey said. “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.” State Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester was quick to denounce Ramsey’s comments. “Ramsey would rather pander to a far-right wing group of conspiracy theorists than govern in a pragmatic approach that most Tennesseans expect from their political leaders,” Forrester said in a release. “Why in the world would Mr. Ramsey even entertain such a ludicrous idea when our state is facing tough times?” Published in The Messenger 2.3.10

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