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Ron Paul is stamped 'not a birther' by Chris Matthews

Ron Paul in IowaRon Paul found himself being questioned by "Hardball" host Chris Matthews on Tuesday about an issue that a certain New York billionaire loves to talk about: President Obama's much talked about birth certificate.

"Is there something to it, based on what you have heard?" Matthews fished. "Is there any question that our president isn’t legitimate?"

"From my viewpoint, obviously not, because I never bring it up," Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas replied. "So I'm going to leave it to talk show hosts and to Donald Trump, and let you guys argue it out."

Strangely that answer wasn't clear, or good enough for the veteran newsman. "No, no, but, no, be a -- no, be a little more -- no, this [answer] is a dodge," Matthews said. "Is there anything to it?"

"Not that I know of," Paul said.

Finally Matthews conceded: "You're not a birther, sir. Thank you. We have given you the stamp of approval. You're not a birther."


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It was a great interview and Ron Paul looked like a serious Republican something i havent seen in a long time. Great job Ron Paul

He has bigger problems to deal with - like beating Obama in 2012!

Chris Mathews is a hypocritical moron. He asked the exact same question birthers have been asking for years, so he should quit playing gotcha and drop the stupid games, because he isn't fooling anybody.

I'm voting for Ron Paul if he decides to run in 2012. He's one of the few national politicians who doesn't get caught up in the pro wrestling style debate between the "left" and the "right". And unlike Obama, Ron Paul would actually end the wars. The people that smear him and call him crazy either do not fully understand his positions or are being intellectually dishonest.

The GOP elites have to understand that it is Ron Paul 2012 or four more years of Obama. Only Paul can call out Obama on the never-ending undeclared wars. Only Paul, of all the national figures, warned the American people that the economy was in the tanks. If Paul had been elected in 2008, instead of the corporations and banks getting bailed out, he would have suspended the income tax for three years and bailed out the American people instead.

Paul isn't perfect, but he's the closest thing to a statesman that this country has seen. If he were elected, I truly believe that Ron Paul would change the world for the better and that our kids would be far better off than they are with the present course set for us by Bush and Obama.

Ron Paul 2012: The Change You Wanted

Why would Ron Paul get caught up with all that non-sense when this nation has more pressing problems? He' right that's a Jerry Springer issue that doesn't concern him.

Thanks Malcolm. We already knew he wasn't, though.

That was a good interview and I'm glad Matthews asked the question. I am also relieved that Paul isn't part of the birther freak show as it's stupid and a distraction from the real issues we are facing.

Ron Paul is a kook, and exactly the type of Republican candidate the Democrats want to run against Obama. like that fool John McCain, Ron Paul has zero chance of being elected.

It is so easy these days ...... you know? The Left serves it up on a silver platter every single day, so for us Conservatives we have to be careful not to overdo it on the ranking and the ripping. That said, no one watches Grandma on Hardball- or MSNBC for that matter. They're all watching FOX, or "the roach motel", as Chris would call it.

Who care what Chris Matthew thinks? The guy is the biggest idiot after Keith Olbermann. They should take this Carter Administration reject off the tube just like the formentioned moron.

Oddly enough, the birth certificate issue is up after the president almost served his first term..)

Oddly enough, the birth certificate issue is up after the president almost served his first term..)

Dr Paul is smart he knows the economy is the most important issue.

Time to get it right in 2012. Ron Paul is the last hope for America !!!

La De Da, who gives a crap what a sabbath gasbag calls Paul. Paul's still an economically ignorant fool with a streak of racism about him.

I am going to toss out a theory here; a theory that explains why even though Obama was born here in Hawaii why there has been obfuscation over the birth certificate. The theory involves a minor scandal Obama needed hidden, yet was too trivial to be of use to either Hillary Clinton or John McCain during the 2008 campaign.

That is the real issue here. If there was anything at all to this claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen, both Hillary and McCain would not have hesitated to use it to remove Obama and win the White House. So there must be another explanation.

My theory is that the true original birth certificate for Barack Obama has a different name for the father than Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. The theory is that the original birth certificate lists one Frank Marshall Davis as the father and that the young Obama was born out of wedlock (a common enough occurrence during the 60s).

If true, this connects all the facts together in a reasonable manner.

Obama grew up pretending that the man married to his mother was his biological father, and took the Obama name into politics. The revelation that mom had had an affair and that Obama was illegitimate is an embarrassment, and in a tightly contested election race might be a small liability given Davis' support for Communism. But given that Davis was from Chicago, there is no question that Obama, in this scenario, is still a naturally born US citizen. McCain and Hillary could not have used the scandal of Obama being illigitimate without making Obama look like a victim of dirty politics. After all, Obama can hardly be blamed for the circumstances of his conception. But his deception regarding his last name is intentional on Obama's part and reason enough for Kagen to block the birther lawsuits to keep the original certificate hidden.

This scenario also explains the statement Obama made in the video about how his father served in WW2, because while Obama Sr. and later Soetero were too young to serve in WW2, the far older Frank Marshall Davis did in fact serve in WW2.

This seems to make the most sense to me.

Now, we may have a lot of reasons not to like Obama (and I don't) but his being a "love child" from the 60s shouldn't be one of them.

What do you want Ron Paul to say?
He is not a 911 Truther- although he knows that the government narrative is not accurate and he calls for a new commission.
He is not a birther and simply has other, more important issues to discuss.
Ron Paul for President.
Thank him for not engaging Trump, the British Crown's agent for President!

What do you want Ron Paul to say?
He is not a 911 Truther- although he knows that the government narrative is not accurate and he calls for a new commission.
He is not a birther and simply has other, more important issues to discuss.
Ron Paul for President.
Thank him for not engaging Trump, the British Crown's agent for President!

Chris Matthews doesn't care if the birth certificate issue is true or not. All he wants to do is put as much of a stigma on it as he can, so people will be fearful of discussing it around him. He doesn't really know the truth about Barack Obama's birth certificate. No one does, except a few insiders. Maybe he was born in the US and maybe he wasn't. Sorry, but strictly speaking this is, in fact, all we know. He probably was born in the US, but it has NOT been formally validated, for some strange reason. Chris "the Creep" Matthews is a very dangerous man, yes, he really would censor free speech on subjects or ideas he doesn't approve of -- but we have the 1st Amendment to protect those who wish to speak of UNPOPULAR , even ridiculous ideas, something Matthews refuses to acknowledge. Ron Paul for US President 2012!


I wonder how you are going to be this election cycle. Last time around you were pretty sly mentioning Ron to get your column a bunch of hits. I have a feeling we can expect the same elitist snide crap like last time. I could be wrong...

Looking forward to it. About 50% of the time you were spot on. The other 50.. not so much.

I'm a birther!

Produce the damn birth certificate already.

Seriously.. what a crock. He ran on a platform of transparency and he can't even be transparent enough to prove to the World that he is eligible to hold that position.

Chris Matthews gives Ron Paul the "stamp of approval" ?? "WE give you the stamp of approval"??? Who's "we"? Maybe Chris Matthews is Obama's water boy or something? Wow, this Marxist media machine is really leaning toward "banana republic" in the way it tries to dictate behavior and speech. Even in Moscow, Pravda wouldn't behave that way, they'd just censor you or have someone beat the crap out of you in the alley later on. This is more like the Dark Ages or a witch hunt.

I think Matthews needs to carry a stool and a big flashlight with him, tie his victims on the stool and shine the light down their throat like an old spy movie. Hey, kind reminds me of the Marathon Man, remember the scene with the dentist drill??? Oh yeah... "ARE YOU A BIRTHER???"

RON PAUL 2012!!! With guys like wacko Chris Mathews still in media, it's a slam dunk.. He wets himself when he sees Obama...

Chris Matthews is a circus clown. He's on stage to distract the public from the real issues of this country like... spending money we don't have, exporting jobs oversees and the fundatmental destruction of the US currency.

Fortunately Ron Paul didn't take the bait.

As for Donald Trump, he is the ring leader of the circus clowns. It's hard to take anyone wearing a small woodland creature on his head seriously.

As for Barack Obama, it's painfully clear he is a rookie WAY in over his head. Hopefully he'll be pushed aside for someone who at least has a clue.

Please let me know when an adult is in charge of Washington again.

I love Ron Paul but Paul should have shown dissent regarding validation of the final vote before Congress. This is one Topic Paul simply plays politics. He never wanted to branded "Truther or Birther" both of which he should have been a topic he should have presented as a concern before congress.

I know many Paul supporters will go on to say he has bigger fish to fry but I think it's silly for Paul to attack Obama with his new war in Libya when he could have stopped Obama all together.

I also think it's a horrible to support the values of our founders vs. no opposition at all when it really counts. Just think for a moment if Paul had not supported the final vote in Congress to satisfy the requirement of Obama's win over McCain we would not have Obama Care, we would not see Obama Motors, etc. We may have been at war with Iran under McCain but even McCain would not have went as far as Obama. No, I don't support the lessor of two evils because I voted for Baldwin.

But when it really mattered to many american's about Obama's records Paul didn't stand up when he needed to. Sure I may understand why Paul didn't support the Birther issue but now I have "Trump" to think and not Paul.

Trump is up 26%, Ron Paul has only 5% and is tied with that airhead Bachmann.

Why are repubs so darn stupid?!?!

Osamabin barackobama isn't a birther either. He was hatched in some meeting years ago by the nwo to take down this country and the idiots that support him don't have a clue. I'm hopin' that change is workin' out for ya cuz soon enough that hope IS going to change into despair.

Ventura/Paul Paul/Ventura 2012

The last person in the world Obama wants to run against in 2012 is Dr Ron Paul. You can take that to the bank!

Ron Paul 2012! The change we wanted

The last person in the world Obama wants to run against in 2012 is Dr Ron Paul. You can take that to the bank!

Ron Paul 2012! The change we wanted

I don't care if Obamao was born on Mars! I just want to see Ron Paul debate Obamao, and for the world to finally hear the truth, wisdom, and the Constitution, from a man who is so far and away our current president's superior. In all the times I've heard & watched Ron Paul speak, he has NEVER used a teleprompter or notes. The man is brilliant. He knows economics, foreign policy, history and WHAT REALLY WORKS forwards & backwards. He would clean Obamao's clock!

MICHAEL RIVERO WROTE: "This scenario also explains the statement Obama made in the video about how his father served in WW2, because while Obama Sr. and later Soetero were too young to serve in WW2, the far older Frank Marshall Davis did in fact serve in WW2."

Ghosts of Andy Martin! There is no evidence that Davis even knew Obama's mother, much less that he was Obama's father. Further, Davis never served during WWII because he was born in 1905.

World Net Daily or el are much better sources in answer to Chris Matthews than Hon. Ron Paul. I have alot more respect for Dr. Paul than the other 99% of Congress.

Is LA Times considered to be "liberal media"? If so, I'm very heartened by all the comments here showing support for Dr. Paul! Obama has shown himself to be the new, more palatable George W. Bush. It's time for real change!

Ron Paul 2012!!!!

They keep asking the wrong question...
The REAL Question is: Is Barry Soetoro a "Natural Born Citizen" as required by the Constitution?
A: NO! He was born (and still is?) a British Subject through his father.

No birth certificate required to "prove" this, Barry admits it in his OWN Book!

Would the founding fathers approve of a British Subject ruling over America???

Ron is on CNN, Fox, MSNBC and practically everywhere else lately. Reporters such as Anderson Cooper, Dylan Ratigan and Cavuto all asking Ron his opinion on important matters such as foreign, monetary and fiscal policies (the brighter bulbs realize that all 3 are inextricably tied together.)

Frankly I just don't recall these guys asking Obama similar questions when he was a senator, or running for prez, or even now. Strange, yes? Has anyone EVER asked Obama a tough question about any real problems? I've only seen interviews with softball questions like whether he's stopped smoking or the name of his dog, etc.

Do they not want his opinion, or does he not have one?


It's time we pushed Ron Paul to make his decision to run already. He should Jesse Ventura to be his running mate.

This country needs these guys now more than ever!

from a Kanadian perspective your definition of liberal remains bizarre - all your MSM pound the war drums like a pack of rabid nazis - you do not put the dots together like Dr. Paul wrt war, drugs and civil liberties. Here we are facing an election of a pro-US/Israel/Neocon Prime Minister who looks to Bush Jr as an intellectual visionary and those who do not - may the gods protect us from oursleves and fanatics embedded in your War Parties.

I don't know who is more obessed on this issue: Chris Matthews or Donald Trump. Chill out Christopher. This is just an effort to delegitimize Barry. He's doing just fine on that front all by himself by the results of his policy measures and opinion polls of late.

"...but if it's true it should be pursued. We should know the truth and we should follow the rule, we should follow the law, we should follow what the Constitution says about who is qualified to be President. So I am very open minded about looking at all of that"
- Ron Paul

Alienating your own base is probably not the best way to run a campaign, especially when that base is tiny to begin with.


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