Mo-4 Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler told voters in Sedalia she has doubts that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is genuine.
The Sedalia Democrat reports the issue came up during a town hall meeting Thursday.
““What do you think about Obama’s birth certificate being called a forgery?” asked a man who identified himself as an Army veteran.
“You know I have a lot of doubts about all that,” she said. “I don’t understand why he didn’t show that right away.”
When asked to clarify her doubts during press availability after the event, Hartzler said: “I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that.”
Hartzler declined to say whether she believes Obama is a U.S. citizen, calling the issue “irrelevant” and said people should “focus attention on his specific policies and not his birth certificate.”
“I have plenty of disagreements with his policies,” she said.
Hartzler is one of the Tea Party freshman elected to Congress in the GOP wave of 2010. She has focused on cutting federal spending and reducing the nation’s deficit.
“We could shut down Washington, all of it, and we could not fund defense … and we would still not balance the budget. It is that bad,” she said.
The Democrat newspaper reports she told the crowd that she hopes to bring Missouri “common sense’ to Washington.
A possible opponent for Hartzler in the fall is fellow Cass Countian Democrat Teresa Hensley. She is the county prosecutor.