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The real problem with Mitt Romney's birth certificate joke (+video)

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(Read caption) Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney talks about his Michigan birthplace during a campaign stop Aug. 24.
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While campaigning in Michigan on Friday, Mitt Romney made a groaner of a birth certificate joke. We’ll give you the whole statement so you can judge it for yourself.

“Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born,” the presumptive GOP nominee told a big crowd at a picturesque Commerce Township farm. "Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

As you might expect, Democrats and Republicans reacted to this development in, uh, different ways. To Democrats, the remark showed how Mr. Romney is cuddling up with Donald Trump and the "birther" crowd, trying to subtly portray President Obama as un-American, and so forth.

“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them.... But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt in a statement, according to Politico.

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