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Department Of Understatement

Trevor Potter, a McCain campaign lawyer, on the investigation he did into the rumors that Obama wasn't actually born in the U.S.:

To the extent that we could, we looked into the substantive side of
these allegations. We never saw any evidence that then-Senator Obama
had been born outside of the United States. We saw rumors, but nothing
that could be sourced to evidence. There were no statements and no
documents that suggested he was born somewhere else. On the other side,
there was proof that he was born in Hawaii. There was a certificate
issued by the state's Department of Health, and the responsible
official in the state saying that he had personally seen the original
certificate. There was a birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser, which would be very difficult to invent or plant 47 years in advance. [Emphasis added.]

--Jason Zengerle

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