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Gingrich On Birth Certificate Release: 'Why Did It Take So Long?'

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But he did offer a quick take on the president's decision to take on the birther movement head on -- or, as Obama put it earlier, to put the issue to rest once and for all.

"All I would say is, why did it take so long?" Gingrich said. "The whole thing is strange."