Cuccinelli draws fire from "birther" conversation

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is under fire once again. The republican was recorded discussing what legal options would be available to him if it was discovered that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States. It was a conversation captured during the campaign.

Despite being recorded saying that the idea of President Obama being born in Kenya was quote "not out of the realm of possibility" the Attorney General stated emphatically today that he believes Barack Obama was born in the United States.

The audio recording first appeared on the liberal blog- "Not Larry Sabato". It is a conversation, with then candidate Cuccinelli and an unidentified supporter. The topic: the president's place of birth.

Q: "What can we do about Obama and the birth certificate thing?"

Cuccinelli:  "It will get tested in my view when someone… when he signs a law, and someone is convicted of violating it"

Cuccinelli released a statement this afternoon that confirmed that it was his voice on the recording, but he drew a clear line about where stands on the so called "birther" issue. In the statement he said: "I absolutely believe that President Obama was born in the United States. I don't buy into the claims that he wasn't. On the recording, I was asked a hypothetical legal question, and I gave a hypothetical legal answer in response."

But that hasn't stopped liberals and the democratic party of Virginia from attacking the Attorney General and specifically this section of the conversation.

Cuccinelli: "Someone is gonna have to come forward with nailed down testimony that he was born in place B, wherever that is. The speculation is Kenya. And that doesn't seem beyond the realm of possibility."

The DPVA sent out an e-mail today, hoping to raise money based on the recording. You can hear the entire audio recording and read the Attorney General's entire response, on

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