Did Rick Perry Make A Nod To The #Birthers?


In an interview with Parade Magazine, Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about Donald Trump and the "issue" of President Obama's birth certificate:
Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real. [ed. note: shocker]

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.
Now TPM and several other left-leaning outfits have criticized Perry for "courting the birthers". But, I'm not so sure...

That last answer in the quote that I've posted (the full interview is here) is the most important: "It doesn’t matter. ... It's a distractive issue."

Well, no sh*t. However, the question is this: Is Rick Perry's answer ("I have no reason to think otherwise.") a calculated response to 'wink' at birthers? Or is it a straight-forward dismissal of a trivial political side-show?

At first glance, I feel like it is the latter. BUT, later in the interview, Perry admits to be courting The Donald's support. So, I suppose one can argue the former -- since Trump is a confirmed birther.