Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra (the guy who ran the ad against his opponent featuring an actress speaking in a stereotypical Chinese accent) told a tea party group earlier this month that from now on, citizenship should be investigated by the federal government for people who want to run for president.
His comments came in response to a man asking for Hoesktra's thoughts on the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
"I'd like to establish a three-person office in Washington, D.C... So that in any future election that someone would have to walk into that office and prove that they meet the minimum qualifications to be president of the United States... This is not brain surgery. It should be an FBI person, maybe a CIA person and one person managing those two people and if you want to run for president, you got to go with the right, proper documentation, go to that person and get it certified that you meet the qualification to be president of the United States: You're the right age, you were born in the United States, you're a U.S. citizen and it's done."
Hoekstra said "we lost that debate" on questioning Obama's citizenship in 2008 when "our presidential nominee (Republican presidential candidate John McCain) said, 'I ain’t talking about it.'"
This will never end.
A spokeswoman for Hoekstra said "yes" when asked by The Hill if the candidate believes Obama is a U.S. citizen.
At least there's that.