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Tim Pawlenty Flirts With Birthers In New Hampshire

Ugh.
The former Minnesota governor, who has been aggressively courting the tea party vote to burnish conservative credentials in recent weeks, will visit New Hampshire again to help boost his standing among the first-in-the-nation primary voters. Pawlenty is scheduled to have dinner Thursday with Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC leader Jerry DeLemus and his wife, Susan DeLemus, a freshman New Hampshire state Representative.

Susan DeLemus is the lead sponsor of a House provision that would require presidential primary candidates to provide birth certificates, in addition to a sworn affidavit that they are at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for 14 years, as called for in the Constitution to qualify for the presidency.

A House panel voted Wednesday to effectively kill the provision, even after it was amended to take effect after New Hampshire’s 2012 presidential primary.

The bill has been dubbed the “birther bill,” after the conservative activists who continue to question whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States, despite the fact it’s been repeatedly disproved by news outlets.
I guess we can add this to his growing list of Tea Party pandering.

Look, I understand Pawlenty's desire to court folks who lean towards the Tea Party... but come on man. Make all the jokes that you want, associating yourself with birthers is a bad idea as it will come back to bite you when you have to move toward the middle in the if you make it to the general election.