Oh, give it a break! Scott on Obama’s birth certificate: ‘I’ll look into it’

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The Orlando Sentinel reports:

It’s a question that still occasionally pops up in conservative political gatherings when someone openly wonders whether President Barack Obama really, truly was a U.S. citizen.

At his evening stop in The Villages, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott got it.

One man in the audience asked him what he would do about President Obama’s “birth certificate” and whether he could legally appear on the 2012 ballot in Florida – referring to now-debunked skepticism from the 2008 presidential race among some conservatives that he was not actually born in Hawaii.

The so-called “birthers” movement has been fueled by gag stories from places like, well, Harvard’s law school student newspaper. So, it may be a while before the question totally vanishes.

After confessing to the crowd he’d never gotten that question before — and wasn’t sure precisely how the practice of getting a presidential candidate on the ballot worked — he said, “I’ll have to look into it.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.