Former U.S. Senator Jack Danforth said he was unaware of the so-called "Birther" movement until this week, and said that Barack Obama is a "legitimate president."
In an interview with The Notebook during a Republican "unity" event in Springfield this week, Danforth said he wasn't very familiar with the right-wing groups who don't believe President Obama is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Asked if be believes Obama is a citizen, Danforth said: "I think it's important for people to focus on something that is going to be decisive. I've never heard of this issue. I don't know the facts. I don't really know what they're talking about, but it is not something that I think is going to be a decisive question."
Asked if Obama is legitimate, Danforth replied, "He's a legitimate president. I respect him as the President of the United States."
*At one point, GOP spokesman Jon Prouty attempts to cut off the interview because we went passed our allotted time limit with the former Senator.
Pressing on, when Danforth was asked about Congressman Roy Blunt's question about Obama's birth certificate, he replied, "It's an issue that's eluded me."
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