DeLay: "No idea" if Obama's a citizen

The former House majority leader goes from "Dancing With the Stars" to the Birthers

By Alex Koppelman

Published October 7, 2009 7:30PM (EDT)

Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay needs something to keep him busy now that he's left the cast of "Dancing With the Stars" due to injury. So he's attaching himself to the Birthers -- again.

Unofficial Birther headquarters WorldNetDaily is trumpeting the news: In an interview with the man once known as "The Hammer," Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh pointed out, "You got into some trouble for saying on TV that you weren't sure President Obama was born in the United States." DeLay responded, "What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said: 'Why wouldn't the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate?' You have to show a birth certificate to play Little League baseball. It's a question that should be answered. It's in the Constitution that you have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States to be president."

Seetodeh followed up by asking, "Do you think he isn't a citizen?"

"I have no idea," DeLay answered.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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