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Bob Beauprez, Republican candidate for Colorado governor, arrives for a debate with his opponent Democrat Bill Ritter in Denver, Colorado October 31, 2006 REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES) - RTR1IVT2
Bob Beauprez's birtherism comes out of the shadows.
Oh, birtherism. Back in the heated days of 2010 and early 2011, Republicans with a certain kind of ambition were all cuddling up to you. Now it's 2014 and the president's longform birth certificate has been on the record for years, and we still have all those Republicans on the record with their doubts about whether, being black and named Barack Obama and all that, the president could possibly have been born in Hawaii as all the actual evidence showed. Up now: Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, who, in 2010, jumped on the birther bandwagon.
“On the birth certificate, I don’t know,” Beauprez said, responding to Solomon’s claim that there “is no birth certificate.”

“I’ve heard both sides of it. I find it absolutely astounding that, if he has one, if this is all just a myth, why in the world not put it to bed? There’s a reason why they haven’t at least settled that controversy.” [...]

“I address it another way: if this guy is an American citizen, he’s a different kind of an American than virtually any that I know,” Beauprez said.

“My dad and mother taught me a long time ago that you’re known by the company you keep. We should have figured out a lot, and some of us did. When this guy’s friends are Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Rev. Jeremiah Wright — his mentor, again, is Saul Alinsky — what do you think you’re going to get?”

"I've heard both sides." On the one hand, a shortform birth certificate and a newspaper birth announcement; on the other hand, unfounded accusations. But hey, birth certificate aside, "he's a different kind of an American than virtually any that I know." Nudge nudge, ifyouknowwhatImean. Also, too, Beauprez must think Obama was quite the organizing prodigy, since Alinsky died when Obama was 10 years old.

Beauprez is in a crowded Republican primary to face Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in November.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity and Daily Kos.

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