Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul has cleared the air on where he stands on questions surrounding the “natural born” status of US President Barack Obama by saying he never paid it any mind, and that prospective presidential candidate Donald Trump is desperate for attention in bringing it up.
“Is there something to it [the so-called “birther” issue], based on what you have heard?” MSNBC host Chris Matthews asked the fiscal conservative Paul on April 19. “Is there any question that our president isn’t legitimate?”
“From my viewpoint, obviously not, because I never bring it up,” Paul replied. “So I’m going to leave it to talk show hosts and to Donald Trump, and let you guys argue it out.”
Strangely that answer wasn’t clear, or good enough, for Matthews. “No, no, but, no, be a — no, be a little more — no, this [answer] is a dodge,” Matthews said. “Is there anything to it?”
“Not that I know of,” Paul said.
Finally Matthews conceded: “You’re not a birther, sir. Thank you. We have given you the stamp of approval. You’re not a birther.”
Appearing on ABC’s The View this Monday, Paul added to his opinion on the issue by saying that Trump, who has shot to first place among potential Republican presidential candidates, “was desperate for an audience. And he got his audience.”
Trump was roundly booed last February at the annual CPAC convention for telling the audience filled with Paul supporters that the Texan could “never become president.” Paul later won the convention’s straw poll for most favored presidential candidate for a second year in a row.
Paul said he will make a decision on whether to run for president a month from now.