‘Birther’ debate will only bring short-term gains for GOP: Obama

April 15th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr.15 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has said that Donald Trump and other Repubublicans who challenge his US citizenship would only gain a short term political benefit with conservative voters.

In an interview with ABC News, Obama said that the whole ‘birther’ issue would be a problem for the Republicans as it was the independent voters who were the deciding factors in the general elections.

“I think that over the last two and a half years there’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans. But it creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. And he doesn’t have horns.,” Obama was quoted as saying.

Obama said that the people would be more worried about the economy and other serious issues rather than concentrate on his birth certificate.

“The truth of the matter is that I think that the vast majority of Americans across the country, Democratic or Republican, really want this election to be about growing the economy, getting control of the deficit, preparing the future for our kids. And my suspicion is that anybody who is not addressing those questions is going to be in trouble. I think they may get a quick pop in the news,” he said.

They may get a lot of attention. But ultimately, the American people understand this is a serious, sober time,” he added.
Obama has launched his 2012 re-election fundraising drive among some of his earliest investors, telling them “there’s still so much work to do.”Obama (49) had filed for re-election last week and said that the 2012 elections would be important.The US is set to hold the next Presidential Election on November 6, 2012. (ANI)

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