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Reuters Probes George Romney’s Citizenship

From an endlessly compliant Reuters:

Romney’s birth certificate evokes his father’s controversy

By Mark Hosenball
Tue May 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.

Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy of Romney’s birth certificate released to Reuters by his campaign. Willard Mitt Romney, the certificate says, was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.

His mother, Lenore, was born in Utah and his father, former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate George Romney, was born in Mexico.

So on a day when real estate and media mogul Donald Trump was trying to help Mitt Romney by stirring up a new round of questions about whether Democratic President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Romney’s own birth record became a reminder that in the 1968 presidential campaign, his father had faced his own "birther" controversy

Records in a George Romney archive at the University of Michigan describe how questions about his eligibility to be president surfaced almost as soon as he began his short-lived campaign.

In many ways, they appear to echo today’s complaints that Trump and some other conservative "birthers" have made about Obama while questioning whether Obama – whose father was from Kenya and mother was from Kansas – was born in Hawaii.

Except that the mainstream news media at the time was all for vetting the issue, since George Romney was a Republican. Much like they were eager to vet John McCain’s birth certificate back in 2008.

For, as we noted back in February 2008, the New York Times was only to happy to run stories like this one: "McCain’s Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out." With the strong implication that McCain’s birthplace might make him ineligible to hold the office of President.

Which, as we also noted at the time, was errant nonsense. Mr. McCain is a natural born United States citizen several times over under US law. Just as George Romney was.

But, lest we forget, all of this was before Hillary’s lackeys began to question Obama’s birth certificate.

In George Romney’s case, most of the questions were raised initially by Democrats who cited the Constitution’s requirement that only a "natural born citizen" can be president.

Just as "most of the questions were raised initially by Democrats" in Barack Obama’s case. In fact, the controversy was first raised and then driven by Hillary supporters. (Cf. Larry C. Johnson.)

As early as February 1967 – a year before the first 1968 presidential primary – some newspapers were raising questions as to whether George Romney’s place of birth disqualified him from the presidency.

By May 1967, U.S. congressman Emmanuel Celler, a Democrat who chaired the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, was expressing "serious doubts" about George Romney’s eligibility.

The next month, another Democratic congressman inserted a lengthy treatise into the Congressional Record in which a government lawyer – writing in a "personal capacity" – argued that George Romney was ineligible for the White House because he was born outside U.S. territory.

In what today might seem like deja vu, eminent legal authorities soon were queuing up to argue in favor of George Romney’s eligibility.

The New York Law Journal published a lengthy argument by a senior partner from Sullivan & Cromwell, one of Manhattan’s elite law firms, arguing that the fact that both of George Romney’s parents were U.S. citizens clearly established him as a "natural born citizen" who was eligible to be president.

George Romney himself was unequivocal. "I am a natural born citizen. My parents were American citizens. I was a citizen at birth," he said, according to a typewritten statement found in his archives.

At one point, the Congressional Research Service – an arm of the Library of Congress that is supposed to provide authoritative but impartial research for elected members – advised that its analysts agreed with George Romney, according to a congressional source.

In a paper in November aimed at clarifying presidential eligibility, the Congressional Research Service declared that the practical, legal meaning of "natural born citizen" would "most likely include" not only anyone born on U.S. soil but anyone born overseas of at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen.

Has the CRS ever weighed in on Obama’s citizenship?


Mitt Romney has tried to avoid getting caught up in Trump’s focus on Obama’s birthplace…

However, the presumed Republican nominee has not distanced himself from Trump, creating what some analysts said seems to be a quiet endorsement of Trump’s efforts to raise questions about Obama among voters

It’s clear that the DNC has given its media minions their marching orders. They are to force Romney to disassociate himself from Donald Trump.

And, naturally, that is what they are doing their level best to do.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Reuters Probes George Romney’s Citizenship”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    This makes sense. “Oh yeah..well…you’re dad wasn’t eligible to be president either!”

    Essentially this amounts to the old “your mom” comeback. This is pathetic.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the same howler monkeys who attack Birthers are the same howler monkeys who defend Global Climate Change as settled science and to “deny” climate change is to invoke their blabbering wrath?

    • Natural Born Citizen says:

      Yes I have noticed the same thing. In fact Lord Monckton, (who worked for Margret Thatcher) is a Climate Change sceptic who has also become convinced that BHO has something to hide. In a recent radio interview by Geraldo Rivera he was derided as being a “crack smoker” for his beliefs. Typical Saul Alinsky tactics.

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