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Virginia Attorney General: Obama Birth in Kenya ‘Doesn’t Seem Beyond the Realm of Possibility’

One reason that attacks on his master thesis didn’t really damage Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-Va.) 2009 campaign was that his record as state attorney general was

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Mar 15, 2010

One reason that attacks on his master thesis didn’t really damage Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-Va.) 2009 campaign was that his record as state attorney general was marked more by nuts-and-bolts accomplishments than by any noticeable right-wing crusade. New Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has not really followed that playbook. Fresh off a controversy surrounding his attempted rollback of anti-discrimination policy for gays, Cuccinelli — who pulled out of a CPAC event when a “birther” figure was included — is caught on tape discussing the possible strategies for a challenge to President Barack Obama’s eligibility.

Q What can we do about Obama and the birth certificate thing?

CUCCINELLI: It will get tested in my view when someone… when he signs a law, and someone is convicted of violating it and one of their defenses will be it is not a law because someone qualified to be President didn’t sign it.

Q: Is that something you can do as Attorney General? Can you do that or something?

CUCCINELLI: Well only if there is a conflict where we are suing the federal government for a law they’ve passed. So it’s possible.

Q: Because we are talking about the possibility that he was not born in America.

CUCCINELLI: Right. But at the same time under Rule 11, Federal Rule 11, we gotta have proof of it.

Q: How can we get proof?

CUCCINELLI: Well… that’s a good question. Not one I’ve thought a lot about because it hasn’t been part of my campaign. Someone is going to have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. You know, the speculation is Kenya. And that doesn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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