Rep. Michele Bachmann Tiptoes Around the Birthers

Feb 17, 2011 9:54am

Polls and focus groups show that significant numbers of GOP primary voters still question President Obama’s faith and citizenship.  So I questioned potential Obama challenger, Michele Bachmann, about the controversy this morning on “GMA.”  Here’s the exchange:

Stephanopoulos: You know, a sizable number of GOP primary voters still are questioning President Obama’s faith and citizenship. Can you just state very clearly that President Obama is a Christian and he is a citizen of the United States?

Bachmann: Well that isn’t for me to state, that is for the president to state. And I think that the president makes–

Stephanopoulos: Do you believe it?

Bachmann: When the president makes his statements I think they need to stand for their own.

Stephanopoulos: But he has said it very clearly, I’m just asking if you believe it.

Bachmann: Well I think we should take the president at his word.

Stephanopoulos: But you can’t say – you can’t sit there and declare that he is a citizen and he is a Christian?

Bachmann: You know what I focus on today, today is the two-year anniversary of the stimulus program where we spent a trillion dollars to make sure that unemployment wouldn’t go above eight percent. That’s what I’m worried about because the people in the 6th district of Minnesota are very concerned about job creation.

Watch my interview with Bachmann here:

– George Stephanopoulos

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