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Now that Mitt Romney has officially secured the GOP nomination, many are questioning whether his association with the controversial Donald Trump may potentially hurt his chances in the upcoming presidential race.
Having endorsed Romney earlier this year, Trump collaborated with the GOP nominee for a fundraiser held yesterday at his International Hotel on the Strip. Amid such collective efforts, Trump has helped resurge the “birther issue” of Obama, as he continues to question whether the President was indeed born in the United States. In such light, some are saying this may serve to overshadow Romney’s campaign.
Specifically, even though Obama released his birth certificate a year ago, which confirms he was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii, Trump maintains that he is all but convinced that this is actually the case. Yesterday, Wolf Blitzer of the Situation Room clashed with the outspoken billionaire and told him his claims made him sound “a little ridiculous”.
Although Romney accepts the support he is receiving from the business tycoon, his senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom stated in an interview with CNN, “I can’t speak for Donald Trump, but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States.” Romney’s camp further supports that “ a candidate can’t be responsible for everything their supporters say” and that there are more “important challenges facing our country” that are worth discussing.