Obama Campaign Calls On Romney To Stand Up To Trump

Amid renewed birtherism from Donald Trump, a spokesman for President Barack Obama’s campaign Friday called on Mitt Romney to stand up to “the extreme voices in his party.”

In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Ben LaBolt, press secretary for the Obama campaign, took aim at Romney’s associations with Trump.

“Donald Trump has become the birther in chief,” LaBolt said. “I can put the president’s birth certificate on my forehead and Mr. Trump wouldn’t accept that the president was born here in the United States. And it raises a question that’s come up before during this campaign as to whether Governor Romney will embrace the extreme voices in his party or stand up to them.”

Trump will be collaborating with the Romney campaign on a fundraising contest, while also appearing with the presumptive Republican nominee at an event in Las Vegas on Tuesday.  The controversial real estate mogul insisted that Obama was born in Kenya in an interview with The Daily Beast released today.


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