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RNC Chair: Donald Trump is wrong on 'birther' issue (video)

At a Monitor breakfast, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), said that President Obama was born in the US, and that the issue doesn't move voters.


RNC Chairman Reince Priebus disavowed Donald Trump's birther claims and said the American people are more concerned with jobs, debt, and spending, when speaking with reporters at a Monitor breakfast in Washington, on Tuesday, April 26.

Michael Bonfigli / The Christian Science Monitor

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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus distanced himself from potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over the real estate tycoon's focus on President Obama's birthplace, when speaking at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Tuesday.

"Trump can – the candidates can talk about it all they want," Chairman Priebus said, when asked if the birther movement's questioning of Mr. Obama’s citizenship would yield votes for Republicans in 2012.

"But my position is that the president was born in the United States – and I don’t think it is an issue that moves voters.”

Trump said Monday that voters are responding positively to his repeated insistence, in cable TV appearances, that Obama needs to prove he was born in the United States, to meet the Constitution's requirement that presidents be a "natural born citizen."


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