Josh Green seems to think this is a rebuttal of the Birthers:

“It’s distracting. It gets annoying. Let’s stick with what really matters.”

It seems to me it isn't. It's a tactical point that it could lose votes. She has not said clearly that obviously Obama was born in Hawaii and this is paranoid nonsense and people should cut it out. It was good, however, to see her answer questions not from a Fox News colleague. I still want an open, unscripted press conference. And then, there are the shoes she wore. I mean: really? What is this: The Real Housewives Of Wasilla?

[Update: I was wrong. The full context included the question "Do you question [Obama's] faith and citizenship?" She responded "I don't." And then added those remarks above. Josh was right. Apologies.]

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