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Why Did the GOP Choose a “Birther” to Deliver Health Care Address Rebuttal?

WASHINGTON - Media reports today revealed that Congressman Charles Boustany
(R-LA), the GOP’s choice to deliver a rebuttal to President Obama’s
address to Congress tonight, promoted misinformation about the
President’s birthplace.  When asked about the President’s citizenship,
Rep. Boustany at one time claimed “I think there are questions.  We'll
have to see.”  He later distanced himself from those remarks.

People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the following statement:


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“The GOP shouldn’t reward politicians who traffic in crackpot
notions and conspiracies about President Obama’s place of birth. 
Instead of giving Congressman Boustany a choice speaking opportunity,
Republican leaders should be distancing themselves from anyone who has
pushed lies about the President’s citizenship.  Congressman Boustany
never should have dignified smears against the President, and the GOP
shouldn’t promote those who can’t engage in civil debate without
exploiting paranoid conspiracy theories about the commander in chief.

“Republicans always claim they want to be the party of Reagan, but they’re turning into the party of Orly Taitz.”


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