Perry Doubles Down on Birther Hints

Rick Perry may think President Obama’s birth certificate is a “distractive issue,” but he still has a lot to say about it. After telling a couple of interviewers over the weekend that he doesn’t know whether Obama’s birth certificate is real, Perry refused once again on Monday to take a clear stand. “I don’t have any idea,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. He’s the president of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.” But Perry said since his own grades “ended up on the front page of the newspaper,” he thought everyone should reveal their personal records. “It’s fun to poke at him a little bit and say, ‘Hey, how about let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.’” Republican leaders attacked Perry for his shifty responses, but his campaign said Perry’s statements showed he doesn’t take birthers seriously.