Mitt Ribs Obama on Birth Certificate

Speaking in his hometown in Michigan, Mitt Romney mocked President Obama over the birth certificate controversy.

Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital... No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.

Mark Halperin thinks this will be a major distraction for the campaign as the Obama campaign pounces.

Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them,” said Ben LaBolt, Obama’s press secretary, in a statement.

The Romney campaign made a clarifying statement.

The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States,” spokesman Kevin Madden said. “He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised.”