Washington: The new Republican House majority leader says he doesn`t think questions about President Barack Obama`s citizenship should play a role in the discussion of policy matters.
Two years into the Obama administration, so-called birthers continue to argue that Obama isn`t a natural-born citizen and that he hasn`t proved he`s constitutionally qualified to be president. Birth records in Hawaii haven`t dissuaded them.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he believes Obama is a citizen and that most Americans are beyond that question.
"I don`t think it`s an issue that we need to address at all. . It is not an issue that even needs to be on the policy-making table right now whatsoever," he said.
Appearing Sunday on NBC`s `Meet the Press`, Cantor refused to call people who question Obama`s citizenship "crazy."
"I don`t think it`s nice to call anyone crazy," Cantor said
Cantor says he believes that Obama wants what`s best for the country and that there are honest disagreements over how to achieve that.
Birthers say there`s no proof he was born in the United States; many of these sceptics question whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father`s home country.
Hawaii`s health director said in 2008 and 2009 that she had seen and verified Obama`s original vital records, and birth notices in two Honolulu newspapers were published within days of Obama`s birth at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu.
Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo again confirmed on Friday that Obama`s name is found in its alphabetical list of names of people born in Hawaii, maintained in bound copies available for public view.
Hawaii`s Democratic Governor, Neil Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama`s parents and knew him as a child, began an effort last month to find a way to dispel conspiracy theories that the President was born elsewhere. The governor said he was bothered by people who questioned Obama`s birthplace for political reasons.
But Abercrombie`s office said on Friday that he was ending his quest because it`s against state law to release private documents. The state`s attorney general told the governor he can`t disclose an individual`s birth documentation without a person`s consent.
The Obama campaign issued a certificate of live birth in 2008, an official document from the state showing the President`s birth date, city and name, along with his parents` names and races.