The web site politicalwire.com today refers to an interview with Parade magazine in which Perry ventures into new territory. Here is the key excerpt from the interview:
Parade: Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
Perry: I have no reason to think otherwise.
Parade: That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Perry (interrupts): Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.
Parade: But you’ve seen his.
Perry: I don’t know. Have I?
Parade: You don’t believe what’s been released?
Perry: I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.
Perry: That came up.
Parade: And he said?
Perry: He doesn’t think it’s real.
Parade: And you said?
Perry: 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.
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The first answer–“I have no reason to believe otherwise”–was all Perry had to say. The trouble is, Perry said a lot of other things along the way. He played coy, as it he wanted to reassure the birthers while seeming to be rational on the subject. The problem is, the answer that he “doesn’t know” whether he believes [the documents] that have been released is venturing into birther territory. The long form of the birth certificate has been released by the White House. Here is one web site where it can be seen. The White House has also released the correspondence between Obama’s lawyers and the Hawaii state department of health. No one has made an issue of the birth certificate since Trump withdrew from the presidential race last spring.