WASHINGTON — The new Republican House majority leader says he doesn't think questions about President Barack Obama's citizenship should play a role in the discussion of policy matters.
Two years into the Obama administration, so-called birthers continue to argue that Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and that he hasn't proved he's constitutionally qualified to be president. Birth records in Hawaii haven't dissuaded them.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he believes Obama is a citizen and that most Americans are beyond that question.
"I don't think it's an issue that we need to address at all. It is not an issue that even needs to be on the policy-making table right now whatsoever," he said.
Appearing Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, Cantor refused to call people who question Obama's citizenship "crazy."
"I don't think it's nice to call anyone crazy," Cantor said.
Cantor says that he believes Obama wants what's best for the country and that there are honest disagreements over how to achieve that.
Birthers say there's no proof Obama was born in the United States; many question whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father's home country.
Hawaii's health director said in 2008 and 2009 that she had seen and verified Obama's original vital records, and birth notices in two Honolulu newspapers were published within days of Obama's birth at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu.
Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo again confirmed on Friday that Obama's name is found in its list of names of people born in Hawaii, available for public view.