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  Peters foe flees birther comments
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Last EditedJason  Aug 06, 2010 08:06pm
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AuthorKasie Hunt
News DateFriday, August 6, 2010 07:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Republican nominee challenging first-term Michigan Rep. Gary Peters is quickly backing away from comments he made questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Andrew “Rocky” Raczkowski, who won the GOP primary in Peters’s district Tuesday, told POLITICO this week that he would “love” to see Obama’s birth certificate. But Raczkowski’s campaign rejected that comment in a statement Friday, insisting: “Comments attributed to him in POLITICO were taken completely out of context.”

“President Obama is my president. In fact, let me be absolutely clear: I do not question his citizenship,” Raczkowski said in a new statement.

Just a day before, Raczkowski said flatly that he had no qualms about questioning the president’s birthplace. POLITICO asked Raczkowski to respond to a video, circulated by national Democrats, that showed him telling a gathering in Novi, Mich.: “You have a president that seems to be, um ... well ... I don’t know if he even has been born in the United States, but ... until I see a birth certificate.”

In the Thursday interview, Raczkowski insisted: “I stand by that comment.”
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