David Vitter: Birther Lawsuits “Valid”
Another Republican politician sticks his foot in his mouth:
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship in court.
Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama’s “refusal to produce a valid birth certificate.”
With the crowd applauding the question, Vitter responded that he doesn’t personally have standing to bring litigation. “But I support conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court,” he said, according to a video of the event. “I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it.”
He later cautioned that the matter could distract from policy issues.
“I think if we focus on that issue and let our eye off the ball … I think that’s a big mistake,” he said. “I’m not dismissing any of this. I think first and foremost, we need to fight the Obama agenda at the ballot box starting this fall.”
Update: Via TPM, here’s the video, yep he really did say it: