Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama's citizenship in court.
Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said was Obama's "refusal to produce a valid birth certificate."
Such claims about Obama's birth certificate have been discredited. But with the crowd applauding the question, Vitter responded that although he doesn't personally have legal standing to bring litigation, he supports "conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court," according to a video of the event.
"I think that is the valid and most possibly effective grounds to do it," Vitter said, although he later cautioned that the matter could distract from policy issues.
"I think if we focus on that issue and let our eye off the ball ... I think that's a big mistake," he said. "I'm not dismissing any of this. I think first and foremost, we need to fight the Obama agenda at the ballot box starting this fall."
So-called birthers have challenged Obama's standing as president by arguing that he was not born in the United States.
Comment: While I have my doubts about Obama's birth place the bigger issue is the road Obama is taking the US down and with Congress abdicating their responsibility to protect the citizenry and the Constitution.
Focusing on issues like Obama's birth detracts our attention from the real issues; loss of liberty, the economy and our sovereignty. That should be the focus!