Elections 2012: Mitt Romney Will Not Repudiate Donald Trump on Birther Issue

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says he isn’t taking a position on supporter Donald Trump’s return to the controversy over where President Barack Obama was born.

Mitt Romney will not 'repudiate' Donald Trump, even as the billionaire has resumed his public flirtations with "birtherism." Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Presumptive republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney decided not to distance himself from Donald Trump today, despite the reality TV and real estate mogul’s continued skepticism about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, according to ABC News.

“You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in,” Romney told reporters Monday.

“But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people,” he added.

In addition, a top Romney adviser said a few days ago that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee believes that Barack Obama was born in the United States and the validity of his birth certificate, which has been released by the White House, should not be a campaign issue.

Mitt Romney’s comments come about 24 hours before appearing at fundraiser in Las Vegas that Trump is hosting, says Yahoo! News.

After seizing the national spotlight last spring with his persistent suggestions that President Obama might not have been born in America — what culminated with  Obama releasing a copy of his long-form birth certificate — Donald Trump reaffirmed his suspicions in an interview The Daily Beast last week.

“Look, it’s very simple,” said Trump in the interview. “A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book,” Trump went on, “he said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital.”

Donal Trump pointed out that he didn’t buy the comment made by an agency assistant at that time, Miriam Goderich, who said last week that she was mistaken when she wrote that Obama was born in Kenya.

“That’s what he told the literary agent,” Trump said. “That’s the way life works… He didn’t know he was running for president, so he told the truth. The literary agent wrote down what he said… He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia… Now they’re saying it was a mistake.

“Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, ‘Oh, I mean Hawaii.’ Give me a break,” Trump added.

According to The Huff Post, the Romney campaign tried to create distance from Trump’s remarks made last spring. However, now as well as then, it stopped short of reprimanding or breaking off ties with the billionaire, with whom Romney is campaigning.

Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear with Trump in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

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