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COMMERCE, Mich. — Mitt Romney made a joke about his birth certificate at a rally here Friday that many in the crowd heard as a swipe at President Obama, who has been the subject of false theories about whether he was born in the United States.
Noting that he and his wife, Ann, were born in Michigan hospitals, Romney said: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”
The crowd of roughly 1,000 responded knowingly with loud cheers, and several supporters said in interviews following the rally that they interpreted Romney’s comment as a dig at Obama. Although Obama has released his birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii, some conservative activists still question his citizenship.
Romney’s campaign aides quickly rejected that interpretation, insisting that Romney was not referring to so-called birther theories and noting that he has been on the record saying he considers Obama’s citizenship a settled matter.
“The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States,” Romney adviser Kevin Madden said. “He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.”
Romney himself later said in a CBS News interview that he was just having “fun.”
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